The following is a list of meetings or conventions held between June 1979 and June 2005. It was my pleasure to travel to these places meeting Shirleys, researching, photographing old Shirley homesteads and cemeteries, including Shirley headstones. Below the list you will find a few stories about my experiences on some of these trips. I hope you will enjoy them.
June 1979 Shirley Plantation in Virginia 1st Shirley Convention
July 1980 San Jose, California 2nd Shirley Convention
June 1981 Lexington, Kentucky 3rd Shirley Convention
July 1983 Anderson, South Carolina 4th Shirley Convention
July 1984 Winchester, Virginia Shirley Meeting
May 1985 England Trip
June 1985 Indianapolis, Marion Co. Indiana, 5th Shirley Convention, plus...
Oct 1985 Shirley meetings in Fresno California, Brentwood California, Ontario California, Orange California, San Jose California
Oct 1986 Shirley Meetings in Houston Texas, Dallas Texas, Oklahoma City Oklahoma
June 1987 Shirley Convention in Williamsburg Virginia.
Plus... Organized historical tour to New England with 30+ Shirley's, and a meeting in Boston Massachusetts. The group visited NH, NY, PA & made several stops in Virginia. We attended services in the Broad Run Baptist church in Prince William County VA and visited St. Stephens church in Northumberland Co. VA.
Oct 1987 Anaheim, California
Mar 1988 Honea Path, South Carolina
May 1988 Honea Path, South Carolina (work week/meeting)
May 1989 England, International Shirley Convention/ tour. Ireland meeting
June 1989 Tulsa, Oklahoma
Oct 1989 Australia, New Zealand
Nov 1990 Phoenix, Arizona
June 1992 Seattle Washington and Portland Oregon
June 1993 St. Louis, Missouri
Sept 1993 Syracuse, New York and visit to Prince Edward Island in Canada to the home of Anne Shirley of Green Gables fame
June 1994 San Jose, California
June 1995 Richmond, Virginia and Shirley Plantation, site of the last Shirley Convention. After the convention, our family went on a cruise. I visited Antiqua, and Barbados and ...did some research too! (Gov Wm. Shirley's son, Thomas, had been here).
April 2000 Jackson Mississippi
July 2000 England tour
May 2001 Seattle Washington
June 2004 Richmond VA
October 2004 Houston TX
June 2005 Ringgold, GA
June 2006 England (multiple meetings) NEW
MAJOR JOHN SHIRLEY GREETING BETTY SHIRLEY AND 102 AMERICAN SHIRLEYS AT THE 900th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS AT ETTINGTON IN 1986
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