2023 Reunion/Annual Meeting (Aug. 2-5)

2023 Reunion/Annual Meeting (Aug. 2-5)


August 2, 2023 - August 5, 2023    
All Day


$0.00 - $30.00
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Hampton Inn and Suites Fort Wayne Downtown
223 W Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN, 46802

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We hope you will join us in Fort Wayne, August 2-6, for our Annual Reunion and Meeting!

For those who attended the Board/Annual Meeting in 2021, some things will feel familiar.  For instance, we have a block of rooms at the Hampton Inn and Suites, just two blocks from the Allen County Public Library.  This is the same location as in 2021. The group rate includes a large buffet breakfast and free garage parking.

Something totally new and never done before Sheldon activity is that we are planning a group outing (ideally in a private suite with A/C, food and beverages) to see the Fort Wayne TinCaps take on the Great Lake Loons at Parkview Field, directly behind our hotel. This is a minor league team and the High-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres.  More information on that to follow.  We hope you’ll join us for a fun night at the ballgame.

Other plans include tours to the neighboring town of Grabill, and Amish community with shops and horse drawn vehicles, The DeBrand Chocolate factory tour, a stroll through the Botanical Conservatory, a downtown walk to see 11 amazing murals, or how about trying an escape room?

Of course, we haven’t forgotten that the main reason why we have an annual reunion:

  • First, we look forward to sharing Sheldon discoveries. We have scheduled time to again visit and peruse the Sheldon Files housed in the Allen County Public Library.  We hope you will feel the exhilaration of touching and feeling true Sheldon history.  As is always the case, the second time around is a better set of eyes.
  • The second is to connect with our Sheldon cousins
  • Third is participating in the discussions on how to take this wonderful data and put it out to the world of Sheldons.
  • Fourth is our Annual Meeting when the election results and new leaders will be announced along with a review of the year’s activities.

There will also be time for you to work on your own family genealogy projects as well.  The ACPL has an amazing genealogy department and staff to help you.  The last time I was there I found a photo of my Grandfather in a 1930 yearbook!  The ACPL is a FamilySearch affiliate library, providing access to digitized records from all over the world.  For more information on the genealogy department and how to make the most of your visit, please see https://www.acpl.lib.in.us

As you can see, there are a lot of activities and discussions planned!

The Hampton Inn & Suites is ready to take your room reservations using the online link below.  Please remember to make your reservation by the cut off date of July 2, 2023, to get the group rate of $149 + tax per night.

Hampton Inn and Suites, Downtown Fort Wayne

223 West Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46802


Final day to reserve a room at the group rate is July 1!


Reunion and Annual Meeting Schedule

Wednesday, Aug 2 – Check in, Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Wayne Downtown

223 West Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46802


Final day to reserve a room at the group rate is July 1!

We will have free time to explore Fort Wayne or to work on your own research at the Allen County Public Library.   Library hours are 9am to 9pm.  There are many informal lunch and dinner options near the hotel and library.  Meet in the hotel lobby at 6:00 to make dinner arrangements.

Thursday, Aug 3 – Meet in the library’s Discovery Room to work on the Sheldon Collection housed there, or work on your own research.

Library hours are 9am to 9pm. We will have an optional walking tour of the Botanical Conservatory in the early evening. Admission is $1.00 per person.  The garden is an easy walk from the library or hotel.

Friday, Aug 4 – More time at the library for research or helping with the Sheldon Collection.  Library hours are 9am to 6pm. 

At 6pm, enter the ballpark adjacent to the hotel for dinner, ballgame and fireworks.  We have reserved seats in the Grand Slam Picnic Area.  Dinner includes hot dogs, hamburgers, apple crisp, mac & cheese, salad and soft drinks.  Note- the stadium at Parkview Field accepts only credit/debit cards for additional purchases.

Tickets must be purchased in advance on the SFA website.  Tickets are $30 per person and $32 for the gluten free bun option.  The last day to purchase game tickets is July 1!  Reserve your seat today!

 Saturday, Aug 5 – Library hours are 9am to 6pm.

At 10:00 those who want to tour the DeBrand Chocolate Factory will carpool there for a 10:30 tour.  Tours are $10 per person, and you will receive a $10 coupon off a $20 purchase.  Pay at the door.

We will work in the library in the morning, take a break for lunch, then head back to the library by 1:30 to get ready for the Annual Meeting from the Discovery Room at the library.

We will gather for a final dinner together at a nearby restaurant after the meeting.

Sunday, Aug 6 – Library hours are Noon to 5:00.

Farewell!  We hope to see you next year



Event Registration

Ticket TypePriceSpaces
Reunion Registration (Free)$0.00

Baseball Game Tickets
The Fort Wayne TinCaps take on the Great Lake Loons at Parkview Field, directly behind our hotel. Ticket price includes hotdogs, hamburgers, apple crisp, macaroni salad, soft drinks and fireworks after the game

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