Biennial  Meeting -- 2019

July 11-14, 2019 (Friday - Sunday)
Sheraton - West Des Moines, Iowa

The 2019 Cory Family Society Meeting was held on July 11-14, 2019 at the Sheraton in West Des Moines, Iowa. .

2019 Attending Members

Cory Fam Soc Meeting - 2019
Cory Fam Soc Meeting - 2019

The history of Des Moines can be traced to 1834, when John Dougherty, an Indian Agent at Fort Leavenworth, KS, recommended that a military post be established at the point where the Des Moines and Raccoon Rivers merge. Nine years later, May 1843, Captain James Allen and a company of dragoons from Fort Sanford arrived on the site. Captain Allen proposed to name the garrison Fort Raccoon but was directed by the War Department to use the name Fort Des Moines. The origin of the name is uncertain, but most historians agree that the name probably initially referred to the river. Some people feel that 'Des Moines' is derived from the Indian word 'moingona' meaning river of the mounds which referred to the burial mounds that were located near the banks of the river. Others are of the opinion that name applies to the Trappist Monks (Moines de la Trappe) who lived in huts at the mouth of the Des Moines river. French voyagers referred to the river as La Riviere des Moines. The consensus seems to be that Des Moines is a variation of Moingona, Moingonan, Moingoun, Mohingona, or Moningounas, as shown on early maps.

Iowa Genealogical Society was founded in 1965 by a small group of dedicated genealogists who met in members’ houses and carried the original collection in an orange crate. Today, their membership is worldwide and the book collection alone spans the length of over 5 football fields.

Events and Itinerary

Thursday Evening, July 11, 2019: Arrival and Check in

  • Hotel check-in begins at 3:00pm
    Pick up final information at front desk.
    Meet and greet around 5:00 pm in the hotel’s Waterfall Grille & Lounge.
    Dinner on your own.

Friday,  July 12, 2019:

  • Breakfast at hotel. Park Place Restaurant
    8:30 am – Depart hotel lobby and bus to Capitol Building and State Historical Museum, Des Moines capitol area
    9:00 am - Iowa Capitol Building Tour
    10:30 am - Iowa Historical Society Museum/Archives/Library
    12:00 am - Depart for Urbandale
    12:30 am - Lunch at Machine Shed Restaurant, Urbandale
    1:55 pm - Depart for Living History Farms
    2:00 pm - Visit Leaving History Farms, Urbandale
    4:00 pm - Depart for hotel
    7:00 pm – Group Dinner at Bonefish Grill, West Des Moines

Saturday,  July 13, 2019:

  • Breakfast at hotel. Park Place Restaurant
    8:00 am – Meet in the Hotel Lobby for tour briefing
    8:30 am - Depart for Elkhart
    9:00 am – Visit Cory Grove Church, Elkhart
    10:30 am - Depart for Principal Park
    11:00 am - Visit Principal Park, Des Moines capitol area
    11:30 am - Lunch at Iowa Tap Room, nearby
    1:15 pm - Depart for Salisbury House
    1:30 pm - Guided tour of  Salisbury House & Gardens (Closes at 5:00 pm)
    On your own in the afternoon
    7:00 pm – Group Dinner at Firecreek Grill, West Des Moines

Sunday, July 14, 2019; Brunch at the Hotel followed by annual meeting

  • Breakfast at hotel. Park Place Restaurant
    12:00 Check Out
    12:00 pm – Lunch/Annual Meeting in Polk Conference Room at the hotel
    2:30 pm - Adjourn and say goodbyes

Biennial Meeting Agenda
Summer, 2019

  1. Introduction of Members
  2. Thank You to our host - Joseph Cory
  3. Reading of Minutes - Carolyn Corey
  4. Treasurer's Report - Christina Cory
  5. Genealogy Report - Thomas Corey
  6. DNA Research Report - Thomas Corey
  7. Website and Database Report - Earl Cory
  8. Future of Society
  9. Location and date for next Cory Family Reunion
  10. Approval for expensing of the meeting
  11. Adjournment