Monday, March 30, 2009

We Continue to Build Rich Kirkham, of Pocatello, Idaho shares this link for us all. Thanks Rich- and thanks as well for everyone that has helped to build and maintain that information. I am sure that Rich will tell you it is not something one can do alone.

Other projects are being forged that I will try to confirm and pass on. For now I am going back to explore Rich's site and learn what I can.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Join The Celebration: 1859 to 2009

I am gratified by the offers of help. I think it is time to put some order to the plans.

Janette Kirkham of Lehi has reserved two (2) pavillions for us in Wines Park at Lehi for Saturday September 5, 2009. We have these all day.

I thought a time in Salt Lake City to make use of the Family History Library and see the sites of that part of the city would be meaningful. These being the Church History Museum, Temple Square, Conference Center, DUP Museum, and hopefully the new Mormon History Center if it is open. I have reserved some time at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building for some help in accessing genealogy and family history services for those new to that activity.

Judi Kirkham of Riverton Utah has asked about having T-shirts as that is a way she has always felt made reunions last beyond the actual day.

Steve Andrews remembers knowing only the immediate family at an earlier reunion and suggests some advance distribution of historical and biographical information. He also wonders if there is any genetic health issues we have identified among our Kirkhams and suggests we give a service to that concern. (The afore mentioned Janette Kirkham is a Diabetes educator and author of literature on that issue.)

At several family occasions I have seen well produced pictoral histories of Kirkham lines. The Francis Kirkham family comes to mind. Are there other books out there? Could you give a tutorial for others? Al Lemon produced a CD of photographs several years ago. (I hope I have the right Lemon cousin on this!)

Scouting has played an important role in many of our lives. Is there a Scout out there- or scouter that would like to set up a presentation?

I have also thought that a visit to the Lehi Cemetery with some sort of organized activity would be appropriate. I finally asked someone who knows such things if a re-dedication would be appropriate and learned that the dedications of the final resting places should hold even for these 150 years.

I am ready to let this blog out of the bag- and seek your thoughts on any and all of this.

Monday, March 16, 2009

I hope I can make this blog space a community project. That is I hope you will take part in the writing of our Kirkham story.

I took for our Kirkham reunion the theme: A Heritage and A Legacy from a presentation at the JMK reunion. In the book JMK, written by his children it is noted that there were many photographs of James Mercer Kirkham, not because of some vanity, but rather because he took part in his community at such a level that the documentation produced this bounty of portraiture. This active life in service to others and community struck me as my heritage from that man, my great-grandfather and I pondered my legacy as his great-grandson.

Some activities that have made the descendants of George (Wm) and Mary Ann Astington Kirkham notable: Church service, Scouting, Political activity, Commerce and Industry, Military service, Journalism and Writing, Civil service.

I am not sure how to classify some of the professions and services we have provided to our many communities. Some have grown up to be cowboys; others to be doctors and lawyers and such as Willy Nelson said it. Tell us about your contributions to the world of 2009!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

150 YEARS: The Kirkham Heritage and Legacy

I hope this reaches all the various families of George (William) and Mary Ann Astington Kirkham. I am excited to venture into this new level of technology to extend my hand in greeting and welcome to a family I have come to greatly admire as I have studied and researched my own roots in our pioneer heritage and its legacy.

The Reunion I have proposed is based on the book compiled by E Kay Kirkham, which introduced me these pioneer grandparents and their four sons James, George, Joseph and Hyrum who came to Utah in September of 1859.

What I tell people, regarding my family history search is that I know who plowed up the sage brush; I want to know who put in the parking lots. Our Kirkhams have done so much more than this glib statement: we have built commerce, educated all ages, supported and defended our country, served our faiths, our communities.

I hope this blog gives us a place and means of sharing our own specific contributions as we approach the reunion Labor Day weekend 2009 in Lehi.