Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Education Week 2015

When I retired from my library and teaching career, one thing that I really looked forward to was BYU Education Week which happens each year the third week of August.  While teaching, that week would never work for me as I would be into a new school year and unable to travel.  I have been a regular ever since but the last two years I have felt a shift in my Education Week experience.

Our collection of Education Week badges over the years in the Provo garage.  It is tradition to hang them here as we return home on the final day of Education Week each year.

For almost two years now, Provo has become home.  Our church membership records have been changed, we have a Provo permanent address, and Glen is busy full time with his business here.  We are involved in our church and Provo community.  Provo is where we experience "real" life and not the place where we visit leaving our "real" life behind.  This year I registered for mornings only leaving my afternoons free for my other commitments.  It seemed just right this year and worked well.

This September will be the 100th anniversary of the publication of "Jesus the Christ" by James E.  Talmage.  There is a display outside the special collections area of the Harold B. Lee Library until the end of September including a first edition copy of "Jesus the Christ,"  Talmage's actual journals, timelines, and recordings and pictures of Talmage before he passed away in 1933.  

One of my Education Week classes included four different presentations on this important work taught by Richard Neitzel Holzapfel and Thomas A. Wayment who have recently authored a study guide for "Jesus the Christ." My other two classes were Thomas A. Wayment's on the Apostle Paul and a class on DNA as it relates to the Book of Mormon and family history by Dr. Ugo A. Perego.  The final day Dr. Perego gave a presentation on Science and Religion and how they can coexist.

Next to the Talmage exhibit by Special Collections was this exhibit in honor of Rose Marie Reid the famous swim suit designer.  When she left the Los Angeles area later in life she built a home in 1965 on the bench above the land which would eventually be the location of the Provo Temple.  The home was mostly of glass and had many modern angles.  My mother would point it out to us on our visits during the sixties.  The house is no longer as easy to see as is was back then now that the landscaping has matured for 50 years.

My mother really admired Rose Marie and enjoyed telling us about her.  I think she identified with her, not has a designer but as a single mom raising her children without support from a husband.  Both were using their unique talents to provide for their children.  Several hundred swim suits were donated to BYU Collections by Rose Marie's family.  Several of those are included in the exhibit along with the story of Rose Marie's life.  Those of you old enough to remember the Gidget movies will especially enjoy the music and movie screen in the background as one views the actual swimsuits worn by Gidget.  Did anyone in my family ever own a Rose Marie swimsuit?  Now they were pretty expensive but we wore suits inspired by Rose Marie's.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

A summer of grands

I haven't blogged much during summer 2015, but I have enjoyed some great times with my grandchildren.  Heather was the first to arrive.  She likes a long Utah visit.  She rode her great grandmother's bike on the Provo River Trail and spent time running and practicing her volleyball skills at the Provo Recreation Center.

She is a reader as well as a writer so enjoys alone and quiet time at grandma's house.  She also took a book to read as she waited for the Stadium of Fire 4th of July event to begin at the BYU Cougar Stadium.

This sweet girl said that "Fireworks are too scary,"  She and I remained at home and she was soon fast asleep.

The newest baby is growing up so fast.  We are both happy when she comes to spend some time with grandma.

TJ, the tall one in the middle, arrived in time for the4th celebrations and brought along his best friend, Branson.  Provo East Stake was getting ready to take the youth on a trek at Martin's Cove in Wyoming so Heather, TJ, and Branson decided to sign up, too.  TJ and Branson had already trekked in Arizona but were up for the challenge again.  Heather was too young for the Arizona trek but just right for this one.  I spent some time sewing some pioneer style clothes for her to wear.

Some of the older grandchildren joined our Foote Family Association of America bus tour which included a visit to the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Museum.  Heather and Ruby are churning butter.

The next day, the Church History Library brought up all of Warren Foote's journals and record book from storage for family viewing in conjunction with the Foote Meeting.  My son David Foote Jensen and his new son, Warren, were honored guests.

I loved that my grandchildren were able to see the actual hand writing of their fifth great grandfather.

My youngest son, Nathan, and his cute family also joined us for this special showing.

If you look carefully, you can also see my clan at the Days of 47 Rodeo held at the Energy Solutions Arena on Saturday night.  I was seated down lower with the Foote Family Group.

I am now the proud grandmother of two more "grand dogs."  These cute basset hound puppies now live in Heber with my grandsons, Ray and Henry.

They were happy to share with their cousin, TJ.

We have two grands with July birthdays so that called for a joint birthday celebration.

Grandpa Glen treated the entire clan to pizza at the Pizza Factory.  They also got their new ages made from yummy dough with cinnamon sugar on top while we sang the birthday song and clapped their new age.  Mae and Ruby are sisters with birthdays just three days apart. Other sister, Sadie, in the background always has to wait her turn.

Sometimes cousins are born just two months apart.  It was a grand day when these two lost their first tooth on the very same day!  I just had to get a picture of Mae and Oscar with matching "holes."

My oldest son has become a master of the selfie.  We went to see "The Cokeville Miracle" at the Varsity Theatre while family was still in town and he documented the occasion.  That is Heather in the middle with her friend.  She stayed with us the week both girls were going to writing camp at BYU.  My niece, Rachel, was in town for a visit and her aunts and uncle are in the next row.  Great photo bomb Lynette!

After the Arizona cousins headed home, we followed them with some of the Utah cousins in tow.

We enjoyed a quick stop in Kolob Canyon on a beautiful day.  Ray and Henry spent two full days in the Arizona swimming pool while their parents and grandparents did some sorting and packing of the Arizona house.

Now we are back in Utah where the house is now quiet and still.  Maybe too quiet and still.  The only little people I missed hanging out with this summer are Toby and Julianna.  My next trip to Arizona will have to include time with them!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Commemorative Quilt

I made a commemorative quilt for the Foote Family Association raffle held in July 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

I love the "row along" 2014 pattern by American Quilting with its beehive, hexie flowers, and bees. 

I thought it would make a great centerpiece for a quilt made in honor of a family event in Utah, the Beehive State.

I quilted it by machine except for the hand quilting around the beehive and the flower vines.

I included some orphan blocks in the backing.

My maternal grandmother was a Foote, so I dedicated this quilt to her.

My sister, Jolene, ended up with this quilt.  I couldn't be happier!  I like it so much that I have a top completed for myself as well.  Now for the quilting!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Expanding Our Foote Horizons

I began this blog almost 8 years ago.  During those 8 years I have managed several posts every month.  July 2015 has come to an end and I am barely squeaking in a post although it is a long one.

For over a year I have been on the organizing committee for a Foote Family Educational Conference to be held in Salt Lake City.  My uncle, Keith Foote Nyborg, asked my husband and I (both from Foote lines) if we would like to join him in bringing the Foote Family west for their bi-annual meeting.  The organization board members are mostly from the east and that is where they have usually met in the past.

This has been a labor of love for me and it has been fascinating to watch it all come together.  We secured a block of rooms at the Plaza Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City.  We knew that all The Days of 47 activities in honor of the first pioneers coming into the Salt Lake Valley would add to the fun so we scheduled our conference for July 23 - 26, 2015.  Many were coming with a great love for family history and the Family History Library was just steps from the Plaza.

The views of Temple Square were beautiful from the upper floors of the Plaza.  Footes from sixteen different states began to descend on Salt Lake City by Thursday afternoon.  We spent the evening getting to know one another.

The Days of 47 Parade was staged right on the corner of West Temple and South Temple where the Plaza Hotel was also located so parade watching was easy on Friday morning.

Those new to the parade thought it was wonderful.  This parade has been a pioneer tradition for over 85 years.

After the parade we loaded up two buses with Footes for a tour of the Salt Lake Valley.  This had been my major assignment and I researched and read and visited various locations in preparation for this tour.  I compiled a tour guide for added reading later with pictures of those we would talk about as well as interesting maps including the first early layout of Salt Lake City and the water shed of the Salt Lake Valley.  The tour guide book was a great hit with everyone and worth all the time it took to compile it.  Now I can check off "tour guide" on my bucket list although it really was never on my bucket list.

First bus tour stop was the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Museum at the top of Main Street near the State Capitol Building.  They hold an open house on Pioneer Day so we were also treated to wonderful eats and a strings band plus the wonderful collection of pioneer memorabilia including the buggy which brought Brigham Young into the Valley for the first time on July 24, 1847.

My granddaughters are churning some butter in front of this beautiful stained glass window honoring the pioneers.
After the museum the buses drove by the location of Timothy Bradley Foote's first property after he arrived in the Brigham Young Company in September 1848 located between 200 and 300 North and 500 and 600 West.  We then entered the I15 freeway on 600 North and headed south to the location of Union Fort just south of the I215 on Fort Union Blvd.

It is now just a monument in a one acre park in the center of a shopping complex parking lot, but this painting shows what it might have looked like after it was built in 1853.  Warren Foote, captain of a wagon train of 100, helped to build this fort and lived in this area after entering the Valley in 1850 as did his sister, Almira Ferguson, and the orphan children of his sister, Betsy Clement, who had died in Iowa. We enjoyed lunch at the Paradise Bakery on Fort Union Blvd. and then followed the Blvd. north to the entrance of Big Cottonwood Canyon seen in the middle background of the painting.

The buses took us all the way to the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon.  This is where the pioneers celebrated their 10 year anniversary of arriving in the Salt Lake Valley in 1857.  This monument honors that location.  Warren C. Foote and Darryl Foote, great grandsons of Warren Foote the pioneer, are standing by the monument.

 Many of the Footes also made the quick hike around Silver Lake just west of the monument.

The bus company told me that loading and unloading the buses would take a lot of our time.  Not my Footes!  They were on and off the buses in record time.  We made our way back down the canyon, to the I215, and then along Foothill Drive to "This is the Place" monument.  From the monument we headed west past Ft. Douglas, Rice Eccles Stadium where the 2002 Winter Olympic opening and closing ceremonies were held, and finally down South Temple past historic homes and buildings to the Plaza.

The Footes held their formal meeting and raffle that evening in the Aspen Room of the Plaza.

Early Saturday morning we were off for a walking tour of Temple Square and other important places.

Those from back east kept commenting on the beautiful gardens.

I learned a few things myself.  Those "marble" columns in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building are actually wood and faux painted to look like marble.

We walked into the Tabernacle just in time to hear the pin drop.

Then it was back to the Plaza for a presentation on the use of familysearch.org before going to the Family History Library for some hands on work of family history.

There is my hubby next to the wall and my son, Eric, in the blue shirt.

On the back row were my husband's cousins.  Remember, we are both descended through the Foote line from David Foote and Irene Lane.  I guess they are my cousins, too!  My husband Glen descends through David's and Irene's daughter Betsy Clement.  I descend through David's and Irene's son Warren Foote.

Later that afternoon we met at the Church Historical Library to view the journals of Warren Foote.

They had been brought out of storage for our viewing.  There were three journals and the emigration log of the Warren Foote Company which arrived in Salt Lake in 1850.

There were pictures of Warren, his wife Artemisia Sidnie, and his children in one of his record books.

He also kept two record books of his ancestors and descendants and his temple work.

Warren's hand writing was beautiful and clear.

This is a picture of Warren (on left) and his brother, David, who came by train from Michigan to meet his brother in Salt Lake in 1888.

Once again there was a large group gathered together for this once in a lifetime experience.

Because my husband and I are related, we named our middle son David Foote in honor of our common ancestor.  He in turn has named his son, Warren Foote.  The names of David and Warren seem to pass back and forth through the generations.

Warren C. Foote, grandson of David Foote , son of Warren Foote, also stood with my son and grandson with these special names.

Warren C. Foote also spoke to us about our heritage.  As he has read through Warren's Journals,  now available to all of us by CD and printed copy and soon to be digitized, he has found a common theme of belief in God, support of our country and its founding principals, and the importance of family.

When Warren finished everyone came forward to view these priceless articles more closely.  They generously let my grandchildren come forward first.

The beginning of Warren Foote's autobiography.

This was a man who experienced most of early church history and was generous enough to write about it for those who would follow.

My youngest son and his family out in the hallway.  I am so glad that three of my children and their spouses and children were able to come see the original journals.  Warren includes his testimony and desires for his posterity in his journals.

Terryl Givens who is a Professor of Literature and Religion, and the James A. Bostwick Professor of English at the University of Richmond, was our banquet speaker on Saturday night.  He is also a descendant of David Foote and Irene Lane through their daughter, Melinda.  His remarks were the perfect capstone to our Foote events.  The banquet was held in the Energy Solutions Arena where we enjoyed a festive Western Barbeque complete with red gingham tablecloths and complimentary bandannas.  I am so glad that my son, Eric, managed a selfie.

After the banquet we entered the arena for the Days of 47 Rodeo.

There were even trained bison.  Yes,  trained bison who would eventually climb and stand on top of their trailer.

On Sunday morning, the official finish of our Foote Family Event was held in the Conference Center as we watched the Mormon Tabernacle Choir as they presented their Sunday morning broadcast of "Music and the Spoken Word."  It was lovely!

Once outside everyone began to line up.

We felt it was important to capture the final moments of our family conference with a group picture.  It was truly a memorable experience and one that I am grateful to have had.