Upcoming Reunion

Our Upcoming Reunion

Since the Herriott Heritage Association’s first reunion in Lexington, Kentucky in 1985 they have held one every three years. These reunions are a chance for family members to get together to meet others who share the surname, share our history, meet old friends and make new ones. In 2009 we held our first International Reunion in Edinburgh, Scotland. You will find information on our next reunion below. Information on previous reunions is available to registered users.  Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board of Directors reluctantly decided not to hold the 2021 reunion. We resume our triennial tradition in the coming summer.

2024 Herriott Family National Reunion
Champaign IL, July 19-21

Every three years, the HHA hosts a national reunion. We have done this without fail since our original Tricentennial Reunion in 1985, except for the year 2021 lost due to the COVID pandemic. We resume our triennial tradition in the coming summer.

Come one, Come all!  The national Herriott Heritage Association 2024 reunion will be held July 19-21 in Champaign, IL.  This is a wonderful opportunity to meet other Herriott (Herriot, Harriot, Heriot, etc.) cousins from the US and Canada and to learn more about the Herriott genealogy and family history that has been worked out to date.  There will be presentations by Ray Harriot, who is our family historian, our contact person for the DNA project, and our contact to update births, deaths and marriages on the family tree, and by others, too.

We will be using the Best Western Paradise Inn, in Savoy, IL as our lodging headquarters for those traveling in.  The address for this family-operated hotel is 709 N. Dunlap, Savoy, IL, and is located on the south side of Champaign, IL. It is a few miles north of Willard Airport (CMI) for those flying in. American Airlines serves this airport. Transportation can be arranged from the airport by taxi, Lyft or Uber.  

The reunion starts on Friday July 19 at 5:00pm with registration at Wesley United Methodist Church, where all our meetings will be held, near the University of Illinois campus. The reunion ends at noon on Sunday. So most people will arrive on Friday, spend 2 nights, and leave on Sunday.

As of June 11, we still have 5 rooms available in our block at the Best Western Paradise Inn.  Please make your reservations by June 20, 2024, to receive the discounted room price.  Call the Best Western to make your reservation. Their number is 217-356-1824.  Ask for the rooms reserved for the Herriott Heritage Reunion.

Our meetings will take place on the nearby University of Illinois campus at Wesley United Methodist Church.  We will have ample meeting space in comfortable surroundings for our business and informational meetings. The church is an easy drive of about 4 miles from the hotel. The reunion will open at the church at 5 pm on July 19.  Pizza, salad, and drinks will be provided as we gather. There will be an auction on either Friday or Saturday to raise funds for our new project of historical research in Scotland.  We ask you to donate a themed basket containing items you might have created or anything you would like to contribute to our auction. We will seek out our most funny and likeable attendee to be the auctioneer!

Saturday morning will consist of a business meeting beginning at 9 am along with an update on the newest information about the family tree and any interesting branches.  Lunch will be on your own and information will be provided about interesting sights in the Champaign / Douglas County area.  We are looking into an evening meal together at a location that will allow us to be casual and circulate amongst ourselves so we can get to know each other better.

On Sunday morning you may attend worship at a church of your choice or join your reunion hosts at Wesley United Methodist Church for worship.  Following church services, the HHA Board of Directors will hold a meeting that is open to all HHA members.  We will complete any business by noon.

We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new family cousins in July.  There is no registration fee for the reunion, but we would like to know if you plan to attend so we can ensure ample space for our meetings and for dinner on Saturday night.

Please send an email to Diana Herriott at dfherriott73@gmail.com to let us know of your attendance and how many will be coming with you, if you haven’t done so already.  This email is also good for any questions you may have ahead of time.  All ages are welcome at the reunion!!

Best wishes to all,
Scott Herriott, President
Herriott Heritage Association