Ed. Note Any or all of the following information is subject to change. Updates will be made as they become available. I am providing this information to you early in order to allow you plenty of opportunity to make arrangements to attend. See you there!
CARTER FAMILY REUNION
P R O P O S E D
JUNE 25-27, 2015
WINTER QUARTERS (OMAHA), NEBRASKA
THURSDAY, JUNE 25
6:00-9:00PM: MEET AND GREET at the home of Morgan & Kathy Wise, 14913 Laurel Ave, Omaha, NE
Cookout Dinner: Grilled Omaha Steaks and Burgers, Firecracker Corn on the Cob, Tossed Green Salad, Watermelon, Pop or Water
Fireside Musical Performance: “Refuge and Rest” (title piece of the pioneer cantata written by Daniel L. Carter and Jo Fankhauser) and “Come Home to Kanesville” (another production by Jo Fankhauser) will be performed by a vocal ensemble by the glow of firelight.
Door Prize Drawing (to include various Nebraska/Iowa-made gifts (must be present to win)); Distribution of Itinerary and Area Maps
Bring your own chairs!!!
FRIDAY, JUNE 26
9:30-10:15AM: MORMON PIONEER CEMETERY, 3301 State Street, Omaha, NE
Spirits of the Pioneers: Dominicus, John H, William F and Eliza Ann will tell their stories, portrayed by descendants
Hymn sing: “Come, Come Ye Saints”, original pioneer tune written at Winter Quarters to be sung by all
10:30AM-12:00 NOON: MORMON TRAIL CENTER AT HISTORIC WINTER QUARTERS, 3215 State Street, Omaha, NE
Guided Tour: See a reproduction of Dominicus Carter’s blacksmithing advertisement in the Trail Center as well as life-sized oxen, handcarts, sod cabin, etc. Church Missionary, Sister Terry Latey, will also speak to us about the Pioneer Research Group which was founded at Winter Quarters.
12:00-2:00PM: LUNCH ON YOUR OWN
2:00-4:00PM: KANESVILLE TABERNACLE, 222 East Broadway, Council Bluffs, IA
Ice Cream Social: Iowa’s own Blue Bunny ice cream will be served as we regroup for the afternoon.
Movie “A Legacy More Precious Than Gold: Contribution of the Mormon Battalion” and Mormon Battalion Memorabilia: Accompany Richard Carter on his march from Kanesville to New Mexico.
Tabernacle Self-Guided Tour: A reproduction of the site where Brigham Young was sustained as LDS President
Family Photographs: Descendants of each Carter ancestor will be grouped together for photographs
4:00-6:00PM: AUTO TOUR OF HISTORICAL SITES
Caravan to historical sites: Guided tour by LDS Omaha Stake Patriarch, Church & Local Historian Gail Holmes, we will depart from the Tabernacle and visit the sites of Carterville, the Mormon Battalion mustering grounds and Grand Encampment. Signed copies of Gail’s booklet on local church history sites may be available for purchase.
SATURDAY, JUNE 27
10:00-1:00PM: BREAKFAST MEETING at the LDS Elkhorn Meeting House, 17606 Spaulding Street, Omaha, NE
Breakfast: Egg, Meat & Cheese Casserole, Pancakes, Fresh Fruit, Juice or Water
Keynote Speaker: _________________ of Family Search will talk on the topic of telling our stories
Speaker: Paul & Karen Larsen, Church and Local Historians, will talk on the topic of research and publishing stories. Signed copies of the Larsen’s book may be available for purchase. Copies of the church booklet co-authored by Karen Larsen will be provided to each in attendance if available.
- Family History Developments
- Treasurer’s Report
- Committee Reports
- Farewell gift to all present
Registration by May 30, 2015
Meet and Greet Cookout Dinner and Fireside (Cost of supplies or we can ask BYO Meat & Beverage)
Mormon Trail Center Tour (Free but need an idea of number attending)
Ice Cream Social (Free but need an idea of number attending)
Kanesville Tabernacle Movie and Self-Guided Tour (Free but need an idea of number attending)
Breakfast Meeting (Cost of catered meal)
At the time of promotion to the family, I will provide a brief description and websites for various historical sites nearby such as Nauvoo, Independence, Liberty Jail, Haun’s Mill, Chimney Rock, Nebraska Archway, and other attractions that family members can choose to visit while in the area as well as local campgrounds, hotels and airport information.