National Stanley Family Association 27th Reunion

The Gathering Of Stanleys
June 17 & 18, 2016

Held at Bear Creek Meeting House

GPS Coordinates: 41.535560, -94.126044
18058 Bear Creek Rd
Earlham, IA 50072
(515) 758-2232

Come join "The Gathering Of Stanleys" celebration in the historic Bear Creek Quaker Meeting House.  We return to one of our ancestral states in Earlham, Iowa where many NSFA Stanleys trace their lineage.  You will be able to visit many historical sites in Madison County including the Bear Creek Meeting House site, many covered bridges, John Wayne�s birthplace, the Iowa Quilt Museum, and many other sites.  The speakers will be announced shortly.  During the reunion, you will find out more of your family history from Stanley family genealogy experts (and non-experts).  Learn how to research your own line, bring your questions, and please bring your pictures to share.  Expect to have a good time visiting with your �cousins� whom you might not have seen for a year or more.  Highlights of the weekend will include speakers, tours of places of interest and as usual good local entertainment.

Make sure to bring your wallets since you need a Stanley watch, hat, t-shirt and more Stanley history

books.  Note that we are having a HUGE Stanley book sale at the reunion!!!  Click here for more information on that.  See you there!

REGISTRATION: Please click here for the registration form.  Registration is due by June 12th by mail or email.  Check-in will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 17 at the Bear Creek Meeting House. and will last until 5:00 p.m.  Check-in will also occur on Saturday, June 18 from 9:00 a.m. untill 9:30 a.m. at the same location.

You can also pay via PayPal using the link below.  Please mail or email your registration form in addition to paying via PayPal.  Thanks.

MAPS AND HOW TO GET TO Bear Creek Meeting House and/or Winterset, IA: You can get there

from anywhere in the world!  Click here to see maps and to obtain driving directions from just about anywhere!

LODGING:   Local motels, camp grounds and B&Bs are available.
Click here for more lodging information.


Click here for more speaker information.

  • Friday Evening:  Jeff Kisling - "Importance of Story Telling 
  • Saturday Evening:  Headin' Home Quartet - "A Spiritual Concert 
  • Saturday Evening:  Dr. Cheri Standing - "Alternative Medicine 


Origins:  Madison County (which contains the cities of Earlham and Winterset) was formed on January 13, 1846.   It has been self-governed since 1849.  It was named after James Madison (1751�1836), the fourth President of the United States (between 1809 and 1817).  Hiram Hurst, a suspected murderer, arsonist and hog thief was the first white settler in Madison County, having come from Missouri about April 15, 1846.

Madison County is famous for being the county where John Wayne was born, and for a number of

covered bridges.   The bridges were built covered to protect the flooring and other timbers.   Click Here for more information on the covered bridges.   The bridges were designed primarily by Eli Cox.   Eli and his sons built several of the bridges including Imes and Cutler-Donahoe

bridges.   Some of the bridges were built by Benton Jones.   These bridges were featured in the 1992

book, 1995 movie, and 2014 musical The Bridges of Madison County.   There are only six remaining bridges in Madison County:

  • Cedar Bridge - built 1883, destroyed 2002, rebuilt 2004, 76 feet (23 m) long.
  • Cutler-Donahoe Bridge - built 1870, 79 feet (24 m) long.
  • Hogback Covered Bridge - built 1884, 97 feet (30 m) long.
  • Holliwell Bridge - built 1880, 122 feet (37 m) long.
  • Imes Bridge - built 1870, 81 feet (25 m) long.
  • Roseman Covered Bridge - built 1883, 107 feet (33 m) long. This is the best-known one, as it is featured in the movie.

Madison County is also home to Bear Creek Friends (Quaker) Meeting near Earlham, IA where our

reunion is being held.   It was the center of the Iowa Yearly Meeting of Friends split in 1877.  Click here for more information on this.

More information at Madison County Visitors Information.

TOURS:   Please click here for NSFA group tour information.

MEALS:   Please click here for meal information.

The April issue of the Stanley News also has the registration form.

For questions and answers regarding the reunion write, call or e-mail:

Birdie Kisling, 2016 Co-cordinator
1227 Wesley Ln

Indianola, IA 50125-1165

Diane Schulze, 2016 Co-cordinator
5404 NE 102nd Ave
Bondurant, IA 50035-1149

  (please take out the word REMOVE to use the email addresses)