Workshops, Conferences & Seminars

Reunion planning workshops and events are held in many places, usually sponsored by a convention and visitors bureau. This information is provided as a service to reunion planners. Basic listings are free to workshop hosts. This is a list of places we know offer or have offered workshops. On the following pages you’ll learn details about upcoming workshops.

Reunion School is in Session

These are exciting opportunities for planners to learn how to organize reunions. These workshops are ideal for beginners and experienced reunion planners looking for fresh, new ideas.

Scheduled events are listed here in chronological order for those who have set dates. Then, there is a list of organizations who offer workshops but have not set dates, so you should contact them to ask about their plans for their next workshop. Other good sources for workshops are genealogy societies and their conferences. Check society program plans and if you belong to a society, ask the program chairperson to arrange a reunion planning workshop or program.

The following list is for family reunion workshops, unless designated otherwise.

Most one-day events are free though require pre-registration.

Mahalia Simmons, Huger, South Carolina, Gant Family Reunion planner, says that:
In every dilemma I have faced with my reunion you have helped. I’ve received your magazine for 10 years and I look forward to each issue. I haven’t had a chance to go to any workshops … Reunions magazine is a reunion workshop in itself.

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August 24, 2019
FREE Virtual Family Reunion Planning Workshop
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Central. You can join by telephone from anywhere.
You will receive a FREE family reunion planning toolkit, hear from industry experts, and participate in a “live” question and answer session with a panel of reunion professionals. Limited virtual seats are available.
To register, send an e-mail to niko@webuildlegacy.org

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September 5-8, 2019 (Thursday – Sunday)
Fairfax County, Virginia
Army reunion planners only.
Preview visit to the National Museum of the United States Army and other attractions in Fairfax County, Virginia. All-inclusive $149 per couple. See details.
Contact Dean Miller | dmiller@fxva.com | 703-752-9509

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Sep 21, 2019
Dekalb County, Atlanta, Georgia

Contact Penny Moore, Group Services Manager,
770-492-5018 | discoverdekalb.com/reunions

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September 21, 2019
Gwinnett County, Georgia

Explore Gwinnett Reunion Planning Workshop
RSVP required at Atlantareunion.com

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September 21, 2019
FREE Virtual Family Reunion Planning Workshop
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Central. You can join by telephone from anywhere.
You will receive a FREE family reunion planning toolkit, hear from industry experts, and participate in a “live” question and answer session with a panel of reunion professionals. Limited virtual seats are available.
To register, send an e-mail to niko@webuildlegacy.org

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September 28, 2019
Detroit, Michigan
Contact Jennifer Miller  | JMiller@visitdetroit.com | visitdetroit.com/event/2019-family-reunion-seminar/

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October 11-13, 2019 (Friday – Sunday)
Shreveport, Louisiana, A MRN Partner Event
The Military Reunion Network

Contact Sharon Danitschek | 425-501-1430 | sharon@militaryreunionnetwork.com 
militaryreunionnetwork.com

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October 12, 2019
Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau

Reunion Planner Expo for reunions to be held in Birmingham/Jefferson County
For more information contact,
Tara Walton, CTIS
Director of Tourism
800-458-8085 or 205-458-8000 ext. 206
twalton@inbirmingham.com


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October 13-16, 2019
Military Reunion Workshop and Marketplace Event
Albuquerque, New Mexico (during Balloon Fiesta)
YMRC “Your Military Reunion Connection”

Contact Debbie Stewart | 772.321.8535 | ymrcusa@gmail.com | ymrc.net/

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October 19, 2019
Alpharetta, Georgia Family Reunion Workshop
Saturday, October 19, 2019
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Residence Inn Atlanta Alpharetta/Windward
5465 Windward Pkwy., Alpharetta, GA, 30004
Register for the workshop.

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October 19, 2019
FREE Virtual Family Reunion Planning Workshop
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Central. You can join by telephone from anywhere.
You will receive a FREE family reunion planning toolkit, hear from industry experts, and participate in a “live” question and answer session with a panel of reunion professionals. Limited virtual seats are available.
To register, send an e-mail to niko@webuildlegacy.org

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Nov 16, 2019
Dekalb County, Atlanta, Georgia
Contact Penny Moore, Group Services Manager,
770-492-5018 |discoverdekalb.com/reunions

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Nov 16, 2019
Newport News, Virginia
The Mariners’ Museum, 100 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA 23606
Contact Andrea Moran, Newport News Visitor Center, 757-886-7777
amoran@nnva.gov
www.newportnewstourism.org/ 

Review:There was a plethora of good information that was shared at the Newport News Reunion Planning Seminar and all of our guests seemed to really appreciate the chance to connect with such a knowledgeable group of professionals.  We would encourage anyone who has an interest in reunion or event planning to take advantage of one of these sessions if it is offered!” — Newport News Tourism

“This was excellent! It provided an awareness of activities and facilities that are available to the Newport News area and a wealth of planning ideas”–Fabiola C. Martin

Newport News, Virginia, workshop

Newport News, Virginia, workshop


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November 16, 2019
December 21, 2019

FREE Virtual Family Reunion Planning Workshop
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Central. You can join by telephone from anywhere.
You will receive a FREE family reunion planning toolkit, hear from industry experts, and participate in a “live” question and answer session with a panel of reunion professionals. Limited virtual seats are available.
To register, send an e-mail to niko@webuildlegacy.org

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February 15, 2020
Marriott Falls Church/ Fairview Park, Falls Church, Virginia
Saturday of Presidents Day weekend: you have Monday off!

12th annual Family Reunion Workshop
Contact Dean Miller, National Sales Manager, 703-752-9509 | dmiller@fxva.com | Visit Fairfax
New! iPhone App http://bit.ly/VisitFairfax


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March 7, 2020
Fredericksburg Regional Reunion Workshop, Fredericksburg, Virginia

Guest Speaker, Nathaniel Branch Miles
Contact: Victoria Matthews, 540-372-1216
vamatthews@fredericksburgva.gov | www.VisitFred.com


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May 1-2, 2020
Chicago, Illinois
Family Reunion Planners Conference & Expo
Building Legacy Through Excellence in Family Reunion Planning

Attendee registration begins May 1, 2019
Exhibitor registration begins February 1, 2019
Email to register niko@webuildlegacy.org
Facebook: webuildlegacy


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May 12-15, 2020
Branson, Missouri

15th Annual Military Reunion Planners Conference
For the MRPC Application or a Reunion Planner Sales Kit:
Contact Julie Peters, CTIS, CEP at JPeters@BransonCVB.com
417-243-2117 | https://www.explorebranson.com/groups/reunions

 

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May 14-20, 2020 (Thursday – Sunday)
Rapid City, South Dakota, A MRN Partner Event
The Military Reunion Network

Contact Sharon Danitschek | 425-501-1430 | sharon@militaryreunionnetwork.com 
militaryreunionnetwork.com


CALL FOR DATES
(alphabetical by city, county or area)

Atlanta, Georgia
404-521-6647 | atlanta.net/reunions

Augusta, Georgia
Contact “Cousin” Michelle | 706-823-6616 | Michelle@VisitAugusta.com

Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau

October 12, 2019
Reunion Planner Expo for reunions to be held in Birmingham/Jefferson County
For more information contact,
Tara Walton, CTIS
Director of Tourism
800-458-8085 or 205-458-8000 ext. 206
twalton@inbirmingham.com


Cabarrus County, North Carolina
Contact John Poole, 704-456-7969 | John.Poole@VisitCabarrus.com | visitcabarrus.com

Lunch at the 2013 Chesapeake, Virginia, reunion planning workshop.Chesapeake, Virginia
Contact C. Jeff Bunn, 757-382-1352 | jbunn@cityofchesapeake.net
Lunch at the 2013 Chesapeake, Virginia, reunion planning workshop.

 

 

 

 


Cobb County, Georgia
Contact Dianne Lovett |  678-303-2635 | dlovett@travelcobb.org

Columbus, Georgia
visitcolumbusga.com

Columbus, Ohio
Marie Medford, CTA | 614-222-6101 |
mmedford@experiencecolumbus.com | experiencecolumbus.com/tours-reunions

2012 Columbus Family Reunion Planning Workshop

2012 Columbus Family Reunion Planning Workshop


March 7, 2020
Fredericksburg Regional Reunion Workshop, Fredericksburg, Virginia

Contact: Victoria Matthews, 540-372-1216
vamatthews@fredericksburgva.gov | www.VisitFred.com

Nathania A. Branch Miles speaking at the 2019 Fredericksburg, Virginia, workshop Riverside Center Wedding and Events.

Kimberly Herbert speaking at Fredericksburg, Virginia, workshop.

Fredericksburg, Virginia March 2015 workshop attendees

Fredericksburg, Virginia March 2015 workshop attendees


Houston, Texas
Neidra Billings |  713-853-8321 | NBillings@visithouston.com
www.visithoustontexas.com/reunions/


Attendees at the 2009 Lake County Reunion Workshop Experience

Attendees at the 2009 Lake County Reunion Workshop Experience

Lake Country, Illinois
Contact Kimberly Ghys | Kimberly@lakecounty.org | 800-Lake-Now | lakecountyreunions.com
Review:
“The Lake County Family Reunion Workshop was an excellent way for family reunion planners to learn about Lake County. I live in Illinois but never knew what the Lake County area offered. I walked away more knowledgeable of the area. I would encourage anyone involved with their family reunion to participate in these workshops.”
– Helen Denham, Riverdale, Illinois


Louisville, Kentucky
Contact Emily Hixson, 502-560-1491; EHixson@gotolouisville.com

Memphis, Tennessee
Contact Townsend-McElyea | 901-543-5320 | hollymcelyea@memphistravel.com

Peachtree City, Georgia
Contact Eric Matos | 678-216-0282 | ematos@visitpeachtreecity.com | www.visitpeachtreecity.com


Sacramento, California
Annual Family History Seminar
Sponsored by the Greater Sacramento African American Genealogy Society
www.aafhs.com/

Sandy Springs, Georgia
Sponsored by Visit Sandy Springs, Dunwoody CVB and Cobb Travel & Tourism

Contact Amy Metzler, Sales Manager, 770-206-1552

Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana
Contact Erica Telsee, Shreveport-Bossier Convention & Tourist Bureau
318-429-0652 | etelsee@sbctb.org
Shreveport-Bossier.org

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