Reunion News – May 28, 2016

All Aboard– 25th Anniversary of the Smith Family Cemetery Dedication

We have filled all of our original reserved spots on the train, but we have secured a second contractwith Amtrak. We are very excited about the number of reservations we have received. Theres still time to join us on the Train/Bus trip to Nauvoo. We willtake reservations until it fills. We have only 14more spots available.

Here are the dates for traveling by train for the family reunion:

Train seating is more spacious and more comfortable than airline seating. You will spend a night on the train each direction. Consider these tips for traveling in coachclass on the train and these tips for first-time train-travelers.

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Gift Honors Surgery that Saved Joseph Smith’s Leg

ByNancy Fontaine

giving_surgery_01Descendants of Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon Church, have created a scholarship at the Geisel School of Medicine to honor and give thanks for a pioneering surgery that Dartmouth’s Dr. Nathan Smith performed on young Joseph.

Two hundred years ago, a surgeon in rural New Hampshire saved a young boy’s leg and possibly his life. This was no ordinary treatment, however. The surgeon was Dr. Nathan Smith, founder of Dartmouth’s medical school; the child was Joseph Smith, who later founded the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; and the surgery was far ahead of its time.

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Find a Piece of History

May 30 – June 25, 2016

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Share Your Treasure – Share Your Story

This year we would like to collect pictures of family treasures and heirlooms that we can share through slides and post online. By sharing these treasures, we will gain additional knowledge of our family history.

As you send these pictures, please explain important information about the item and how it came to you. This would be the ideal way to send it. If there are concerns about safety and protection, we can post photos o f treasures anonymously.

Quoting Doctrine & Covenants 21:1, noted LDS Historian Marlin K. Jensen said, Behold, there shall be a record kept. There are many ways to keep that record, and one of the ways is to preserve a place, abuilding, an artifact that represents history.

He noted that an artifact can be powerful because it is tangible, tactile, something that can be lived and experienced.

Quoting Alma, who taught that records enlarged the memory of this people, Jensen explained that it can also deepen and solidify our faith.

Theres something very fundamental about reflecting back on where weve been in Gods economy of things, he said. If we have the stability of history, if we can enter into the peace of the Lord, the rest of the Lord, that can come from a knowledge that our history is secure and solid.

To share an heirloom with the family or ask questions, contact Frances Orton (

Emma received a lock of Josephs hair during a reburial at the Homestead. It is possible Mary Fielding also received this lock of Hyrums hair [hair at the top of the book] at the same time.

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Reunion Highlights

  • History and background of the Smith Family Cemetery by Lachlan Mackay, Karl Anderson, and Daniel Larsen.
  • Placing headstone for Lewis Bidamon grave.
  • Martyrdom – at Carthage Jail by Susan Easton Black Durrant.
  • Family service project at cemetery.
  • Family picnic between the cemetery and the Red Brick Store overlooking the beautiful Mississippi River.
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