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The 14th National Stidham* Family Reunion

June 21-23, 2019 • Lexington, Kentucky: "Horse Capital of the World"

Ready---- Get Set--- and GO!

The plans have been finalized for the 2019 Family Reunion away from Wilmington, Delaware. This year will be the 14th National Reunion and will be held June 21-23, 2019 in Lexington, Kentucky. The Hyatt Regency Downtown has been selected as the location. Within walking distance are many attractions including City Center, Convention Center, historic churches, and Rupp basketball area.


Reservations can be made directly to the Hyatt at 859-253-1234 or 800-233-1234 and you should specify that you are attending the Stidham Reunion. The rate for our Reunion is reduced to $119.00 per night and a block of rooms will be held for us at this rate until May 24, 2019.


There is an over abundance of activities to see and do while in Lexington. You can visit the web site- VisitLex.com and check out all that can be done during your visit to the Lexington area beyond what is scheduled during the Reunion.


The schedule of activities is a full one and is planned to be enjoyed by all. Registering/signing in will be held on Friday, June 21. Early arriving persons can check in at 11:00AM and if desired, can take the 1:30PM Tour of the Toyota Manufacturing Plant in Georgetown, KY (approximately 30 minutes north) where over a million Camrys and Avalons are assembled each year. For those arriving later in the day, registration will be from 4:00 to 5:00. Dinner will be done individually at one of the many restaurants nearby. The evening activity will be from 7:00 to 9:00PM for meeting, greeting, and socializing in the Hospitality Room.


Prepare yourself for a full and rewarding visit of various places and activities on Saturday from 9:00AM to and through our Banquet ending at 9:30PM. The day begins with a visit to the Mary Todd Lincoln House near the hotel. This will be an hour long guided tour to introduce you to the complex life of Mrs. Lincoln. You will visit her girlhood home and learn about this First Lady.


The rest of the day will be via the Blue Grass Charter Coach which will meet us after the Lincoln House. We will be off to visit a working horse farm in the area of many well known horse farms. Our tour will take us to—Spy Horse Farm from 11:00-12:00. This Farm specializes in the breeding and development of top quality performance horses.


Following this working farm, we will board the coach and travel to the famous Kentucky Horse Park. During the approximately three hour visit, we will leisurely stroll the grounds that has a restaurant and café (you’re on your own when and where you eat), visit the museums, living exhibits, art, and much more for your entertainment. If you have any questions or needing guidance, we are fortunate to have Louise and Bill Booth (Stidham descendant and previous guide locally) will be present.


After we board the coach again, our final stop will be visiting a distillery (one of many in the area) that keeps Kentucky famous for its bourbon.


Finally, as we arrive back to the Hyatt at approximately 5:30, it will provide a short rest and preparing to meet for our Reunion Banquet Saturday night. The evening program will include: 7:00 to 7:30 an open cash bar for any participants; 7:30 to 8:15 the meal is served; 8:30 to 9:15 a celebrated Speaker followed by a question and answer period; and the evening will conclude with the Reunion Auction of special items that were brought along by you from your locale and to bid on by your other “Cousins”.


After the overnight rest, Sunday is open for you to leave early, if necessary, or attend one of several historic churches: First Baptist Church, services at 10:00; St. Paul Roman Catholic, masses at 8:00 or 10:00; First Presbyterian, services at 11:00; or Christ Church Cathedral Episcopal, services 9:00 and 11:00.


Additionally, if travelling south to Harrodsburg, KY, another landmark destination is The Shaker Village.

Included is the enclosed Registration Form which needs to be completed and returned to Leslie Shamus, Treasurer at the address noted at the bottom of the form. The total cost for registering is $125.00 Adults and $95.00 for 15 or under. This charge is for: Reunion T-Shirt, Charter Coach for Saturday, entry fees for all attractions, and the Banquet. Please return this Registration Form by/or before May 18th so that a firm number of attendees can be planned for. Thank you.

Mary Todd Lincoln House

Kentucky Horse Park

Barrel House Distillery

Our reunion headquarters will be the The Hyatt Regency Downtown. The address is:


401 W High St, Lexington, KY 40507


Phone: (859) 253-1234 for reservations.

Click on the link below to print the reunion registration form using your computer's printer.