Biennial Doane family reunion in Michigan

May 1, 2014 National Comments Off on Biennial Doane family reunion in Michigan
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The Great Lakes Michigan Chapter of the Doane Family Association of Amercia, Inc (DFA) invites all Doane and Doans to the 53rd biennial reunion in Saginaw, Michigan on July 21 – 26, 2014.

Saginaw is located in beautiful east-central Michigan on Saginaw Bay. The event will be held at Saginzw Valley State University.

Several branches of Doanes/Doans settled in Michigan in the early 19th century. Some came directly from the east and others pick up stakes in Canada and traveled south to the great state.

The reunion committee’s lineages descend from at least three of Deacon John Doan‘s children. Dick Doane and his sister MaryAnn Doane Sindt trace their Doane ancestors in Michigan back to 1834. Arlene Thompson‘s family came in 1856, and Bill Fineout‘s Doane family moved in the state in the late 1860s.

The Doans who intermarried with the Dows of Dow Chemical fame were Quakers who came to Michigan via Indiana and Nebraska in the early 20th century

Herbert Dow Doan Science Building

Herbert Dow Doan Science Building, Saginaw, Michigan

DFA members will see the Doan name on the Saginaw campus. The Herbert Dow Doan Science Building is named for Herbert Dow Doan, who died in 2006, and is the last Dow family member to run Dow Chemical. The Doan building boasts a new 1,500 square foot state of the art greenhouse and houses classrooms, faculty offices, teaching labs and a Starbucks. Reunion attendees will have the opportunity to eat at the Marketplace, the main eatery at Doan Center.

Reunion accommodations are in a comfortable, air conditioned residence hall, Living Center North, built in the 1980s. The Living Center is just a few steps from the Marketplace and other campus sites, so there is minimal walking and the paths to the meeting, dining and research rooms are over flat terrain. Right outside the Living Center’s entrance is a large rock that groups visiting campus can “decorate.” DFA members are invited and encouraged to leave their marks on this graffiti rock and paint brushes will be provided.

For those who have a penchant for more challenging terrain, there is a physical fitness room and a pool.

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