116th Family Reunion

The 116th annual family reunion of the Duston-Dustin Family Association will take place on Saturday, August 8, 2020.

For the safety of all, this year the COVID-19 threat forces a shift of our annual meeting into “virtual” mode! For the first time we will meet on Zoom, the free group meeting technology accessed via an Internet-connected home computer or smartphone. Members lacking such devices are urged to seek assistance from a computer-equipped friend and join us. Please contact us for the link.

Once in, set your Zoom connection to “gallery view” and you will see a checkerboard with video images of all attendees at the meeting and they can see you! Zoom allows you to comment, ask questions, and vote on motions.

9:00 AM GATHERING TIME: Everyone get connected via Zoom
9:30 AM BUSINESS MEETING: President’s Welcome; Reports from Secretary, Treasurer, Genealogist; Duston-Dustin monuments and relics preservation; Officer and committee nominations and election
12:00 PM PROGRAM: Historian Jay Atkinson plus a virtual tour of Hannah’s Garrison House

By popular demand, Methuen (MA) native Jay Atkinson, author of the acclaimed Massacre On the Merrimack (2015), will return to offer further insight from his research into the captivity experience shared by Hannah Duston and others during the history of colonial America. Autographed copies of Atkinson’s award-winning book may be purchased via credit card (and shipped) before and during the Zoom meeting. We will have more information about how this can happen either before or at the meeting.

Then, guiding us through Thomas & Hannah Duston’s 1697 Garrison House by means of video technology will be Diane Dustin Itasaka, president of the Duston-Dustin Garrison House Association, and “Goodwife Dustin” (Garrison House Association Director Jennifer Emerson). If you have never before had the opportunity to visit this unique Haverhill historical treasure this is the time to do it, safely and economically, with commentary by two of our family’s experts!