What do you get when you cross a family reunion with live entertainment, food trucks, bounce houses, and the world’s largest genealogical library? The Global Family Reunion Block party at the Family History Library! Over 3,000 people showed up on Saturday, June 6, from 10 to 2 in downtown Salt Lake City to take part in the festivities that were held in conjunction with the Global Family Reunion held in New York City.
The family-friendly block party included an outdoor stage with live entertainment by several talented local musical groups which included Japanese Drum Dancers, the Pecos Posse – Americana folk singers, Polynesian dancers, and a group of Scottish bag pipers. The final act on stage was storyteller Elaine Brewster. For the young and young at heart, there were bounce houses, a 24 foot slide, a rock wall, face painting, and carnival games.
To satisfy attendees’ culinary tastes, there was an assortment of food trucks including Korean BBQ, crepes, hamburgers, Brazilian tacos, Korean tacos, Gourmet French Toast, and what every summer celebration needs – snow cones!
One of the highlights of the event was the family photo taken in front of the Family History Library at 10:30. As you can see, there was quite a crowd on hand even though the event had only been underway for half an hour. This photo was then sent on to New York to be held during the family group photo taken at the main event.
Inside activities included workshops, activities, displays, self-guided tours, and fun photo opportunities designed to focus on families and their ancestors. Several learned how to index while others focused their efforts on finding ancestral names.
The Global Family Reunion main event in New York was the creation of A. J. Jacobs, a New York Times best-selling author. To view festival archives from New York or to learn more about what went on there, visit the GlobalFamilyReunion.com website.