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In this issue of the Bonnes Nouvelles we include information about the 2020 Reunion and the 2020 Annual Membership Meeting in Manassas, Virginia. The extraordinary situation caused by the Corona Virus-19 has caused our printing establishment to be closed due to the “lockdown” in Northern Virginia. Consequently, this issue of the Bonnes Nouvelles will only be available on the DELANO KINDRED Website (www.delanokindred.us). We hope that threat of this virus will be greatly reduced by September to allow to the 2020 Reunion in Manassas to be held as planned. Besides the article about the 2020 Reunion and Annual Membership Meeting, we have included a Book Review of “America’s First Visit to JAPAN, April 29-May 8, 1791, Voyage of the Lady Washington and the Grace”, written by Scott Ridley and Hayato Sakurai. The story is largely based on the information contained in the Logbook of the ship Grace written by Samuel Delano Jr. You may recall the details of the Logbook and its preservation by the Duxbury Rural & Historical Society (DRHS) was discussed in the November-December Bonnes Nouvelles NL#91 on pages 10 & 11. Also included are articles about the donations to the DELANO KINDRED Contribution Program, the donation to the Plimoth Plantation and the opportunity to nominate a qualified organization to be a candidate in the Annual Charitable Organization Drawing. We look forward to seeing you at the 2020 Reunion and Annual Membership Meeting in Manassas in September.
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To commemorate the Mayflower passengers and the 400th anniversary of their arrival, the Duxbury 2020 Authors and Board of Directors are publishing a book about the early leaders and families who settled Duxbury, "Across the Bay" and five nautical miles from Plymouth. Included are family names of Alden, Bradford, Delano, Standish, Eaton, Prence, Howland, Browne, Hicks, Samson, Washburn, Brewster, Collier, Soule and others.
The essay collection features 12 local historians and authors, each with a different perspective on the early Duxbury story, including Tony Kelso, Patrick Browne, James Baker, Monty Healy, Sheila Lynch-Benttinen, Paula Peters, Alicia Crane Williams, Peggy Baker, Carolyn Ravenscroft, Stephen O’Neil, Tom McCarthy, Muriel Cushing and George DeLano.
This Advance Offer to purchase "Duxbury: Our Pilgrim Story - a 2020 Perspective" for $20.20 per book plus $1.46 tax is available through June 1, 2020. To order your advance copy, send a check payable to Duxbury 2020 to Duxbury 2020, PO Box 2407, Duxbury MA 02331. At publication date, the book will be available online at a cost of $25.95 with tax and shipping additional.
On your order, please add phone number and email address. If local, you will be contacted when books are ready for pick up. If you order to ship beyond zip code 02332, please add $4.95 per book for shipping.
Some years ago, the Hoyt Family donated a rare and valuable logbook written by Samuel Delano Jr. to the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society (DR&HS) in Duxbury, MA. This logbook provided a first-hand account of an American vessel trading successfully with Japan in 1791, but being over 200 years old, it was physically in rough shape. The Society lacked the necessary funds to preserve and digitize the book at the time, so they sent out requests for donations. As of September, 2019, they were still far short of what was needed. Learning about the book and the Society's plans to preserve it, DELANO KINDRED members enthusiastically voted to provide the remaining funds at our 2019 Annual Meeting in Hyde Park, NY. Here is a description (shamelessly copied from the DR&HS website) of this amazing book:
The logbook for the brig Grace is the first-hand account of an American vessel trading successfully with Japan in 1791, long before Admiral Matthew C. Perry commanded the entry of American vessels in 1853. The American brig, Grace, sailed into the harbor of Koshimoto and traded with Japanese villagers on May 1, 1791. Onboard was a 22 year-old Duxbury sailor and shipbuilder named Samuel Delano, Jr. As clerk, Delano kept the log of voyage and it is the only English language version of this momentous first meeting between two cultures.
Historian Scott Ridley (author of Morning of Fire about the sister ship Lady Washington) has described the log as “a rare record of America’s first visit to the closed nation of Japan in 1791. The historic visit is noted in fragments in Japanese archives, but this book, written day-to-day aboard the brig Grace as it lay in the harbor of Koshimoto, is the only American document to emerge from the voyage. It is a remarkable artifact.” The Japan-U.S. Friendship Memorial Museum in Koshimoto is dedicated to this important first contact. Scott Ridley and Hayato Sakurai feature the logbook in their book, “America’s First Visit to JAPAN April 29-May 8, 1791: Voyage of the Lady Washington And the Grace.”
The project was completed November, 2019, much sooner than anticipated. The preserved logbook now resides at the Society’s Drew Archival Library in Duxbury. In addition, the entire logbook is now available online in digital flipbook form on the Society's web page. Check out the logbook and see what other treasures exist in the DR&HS Delano Family Collection by clicking on the link below:
Along with the flipbook, there is a transcription of the events from April 29 to May 10, 1791. Further transcriptions and other site enhancements are ongoing. Congratulations to DR&HS for a job well done! The Delano Kindred is honored to have been a part of this project.
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*** THIS MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED ***
The 2020 Delano Kindred Annual Meeting and Reunion will be held at the Hampton Inn Manassas in Manassas, VA, Friday September 25 (Welcome Dinner and speaker) and Saturday September 26 (Annual Meeting and tours). There will be a Board of Directors meeting on Sunday morning, after the hotel’s free breakfast is over. If you want to get a head start on reservations, the hotel telephone number is (703) 369-1100. We have a block of rooms at $94/night plus tax for one king or two queen beds, and the RATE CODE you need to mention is DKR. The room block is for the nights of 9/25 & 9/26, but they will extend it in either direction if asked.
In this newsletter we present corrections for two errors in NL#90 regarding a mislabeled picture of Warren Delano I and children of Lyman and Leila Delano. A report on our 2019 Reunion Meeting in Hyde Park, NY, a Letter from our president, Terry Delano, on the upcoming changes to the Delano Kindred website and membership rates, and a summary of our Annual Business Meeting follow. The new membership rates are presented and explained.
We also announce the appointment of Matt Delano as our new Vice President, following the unexpected passing of his father and our Vice President William ("Bill") G. Delano, Jr. We also mourn the loss of cousin Justine Fontaine.
Finally, we report on the successful completion of a project, partially funded by the Delano Kindred, to restore the logbook of the brig Grace by the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society.
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