Our family is massive, probably numbering 50,000 or more walking the planet today. Our 2019 national reunion will be a time for you to meet all-new cousins, make new friends and share some of the history of your branch. We won't gather again until 2021.
Not all 50,000 will come. If they did, we'd have to rent Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, home of the Steelers. That would break our budget.
Our main event will be the Saturday picnic at the Day's Inn Hotel in Donegal, PA, located just a few hundred yards from from Exit 91 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and a two-hour drive from the Pittsburgh International Airport.
Attendance at our 2017 bash was 51 guests, who came from nine states, including the furthest-traveled from Texas, and from 16 towns in southwestern Pennsylvania. Let's see if we can double this number this year! Are you game?
Use MapQuest to map your route. Or set your GPS to 3620 State Route 31, Donegal, PA.
~ Friday Evening Dinner, June 21 ~
We will plan to meet for our traditional "pre-game" meal in the early evening at a local restaurant, Out of the Fire, just a short distance from the Days Inn. Stay tuned for details.
Traditional Saturday Picnic, June 22 ~
If you live locally, please bring a meat dish, side dish or a dessert to share, while we will provide cold soft drinks and hot coffee. No alcoholic beverages allowed, as per longstanding policy. Keepsake prizes will be given away, such as small quilts, magnets, potted plants and books. Tables will be set up so that you may display keepsake heirlooms old photo albums, letters, artifacts — for all to enjoy.
For those who were interested, we will gather for Saturday evening supper at Brady's Restaurant in nearby Acme, PA. Details to come.
~ Sunday Morning, June 23 ~
We are making plans for Sunday morning which may include attending the 10:40 a.m. worship services at the historic Indian Creek Baptist Church in Mill Run, where the father of us all, Jacob Minerd Sr., rests for eternity, as does his daughter Martha (Minerd) Imel Harbaugh, many grandchildren and scores of great-grandchildren and beyond.
~ Why the Pittsburgh Region? ~
Southwestern Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh are the epicenter of our clan's founding in the United States of America following the American Revolution. In 1791, patriot and war veteran Jacob and Maria (Nein) Minerd Sr. settled there near Maple Summit on the mountainous border of Fayette and Somerset Counties. They had a dozen children, who in turn spawned 87 grandchildren, 469 great-grandchildren and 1,344 great-great grandchildren, for a total of 1,912 lives, virtually all born before the year 1900. Today, their descendants and spouses number an estimated 50,000 or more, and are scattered all over the world -- but regardless of a cousin's homeplace today, their roots are here.