Jesse N. Smith Heritage Foundation
Linked through Geneology, Love and Friendship
Click on the picture on the left for reunion information.
See below for tentative schedule & activies.
We will also have updates and information on our Facebook page. You can find it here. https://www.facebook.com/groups/JNSFoundation
Jesse N Smith Family Reunion Activity Details
We are finalizing details as we get closer, but the day will go something like this…
Saturday July 22, 2023– Main reunion day in Parowan (don't miss this day!!)
9:00: Early Registration & Swag
Starts at the Rodeo Grounds: Clinic Way, Parowan, UT
Continues all morning after opening ceremonies: Parowan City Center (address below)
10:00: Opening Ceremony & Swag
Held at the rodeo grounds: Clinic Way, Parowan, UT
Stadium seating under a huge, shaded pavilion
Grand entrance of Grandpa Jesse and 5 wives with horse &wagon
Stage performances, singing
11:00: Registration, Swag, +Games and Activities (see options below)
Held at Parowan City Center (by Old Rock Church Museum), 59 S 100 W, Parowan, UT 84761
Parking at the Old Rock Church and the Stake Center on that same block
12:00: Lunch (not provided) / Visit
Options: Food trucks on site, local restaurants, bring your own lunch
1:00: Games and Activities continued… (see options below)
5:00: Dinner (provided) / Visit
Catered BBQ, Navajo Tacos, TBD (we are finalizing details)
Potluck deserts! Bring your favorite family dishes for pies, cookies, green jello, etc.
Share the recipes with your cousins!!
6:00: Time Capsule – this is the BIG reveal!!
Held in the backyard of the Jesse N Smith Home: 45 W 100 S, Parowan, UT
We’ll seal family predictions and memories in a concrete vault to be opened in 25 years!!
NOTE: follow emails and JNS Family Facebook posts to order your family’s vault container!
7:00: Closing Ceremony & Family Prayer
Held at Stake Center Relief Society room
Jesse N Smith’s legacy video (~10mins)
Relatives around Me (~5mins)
Closing comments & prayer
Pioneer games of all kinds (stick pull, corn hole, 9-square, etc.)
Arts & Crafts
Dunk tank (?)
Cool summer treats (shave ice, watermelon, cold drinks, ice water, etc.)
Stories of Jesse’s 5 Wives: Stake Center Relief Society room
Family history stories and artifacts: Stake Center Cultural Hall
Homemade butter and bread
Decorate and fill your family cans for the time capsule
Pioneer games (pioneer Nintendo, etc.)
Do your own family history kiosk
Bring your documents to scan with Kindex!
Some exciting reunion experiences…
Get to know Grandpa Jesse more personally (you will meet him here!)
Learn more about each of his 5 wives and their amazing stories!
Eat delicious homemade food!! (Dutch oven, BBQ, the works!!)
T-shirts and other JNS swag
Jesse N Smith’s pioneer home tours
Historic tours of the town where Jesse lived and served as mayor!!
The JNS 25-Year Time Capsule Launch (ONCE IN A LIFETIME!!)
Get to know your JNS cousins from around the world!! (est. over 100,000 today!!)
Family History –fulfill our divinely appointed responsibility to gather Israel by *knowing* our ancestors – their stories and legacy.
Additional Reunion Details…
Optional Activities on Friday, Sunday & Monday (Saturday is the BIG family event)
July 21, Friday– JNS cousins temple session, Cedar City Temple (optional)
July 23, Sunday– Sunday services with JNS cousins (optional)
July 24, Monday– Enjoy Parowan Pioneer Day celebrations (optional)
The city allows consumer fireworks at one site: Lions Park at 145 South 300 East
Monday afternoon will see Pioneer Day activities in town. A children’s parade will march at Parowan City Park starting at 5:30 p.m., followed by free dinner & activities 6-8 p.m.
Lodging of all kinds available in Parowan and Cedar City (Google SOON to research and decide; filling up fast!)
RV Parks & Campgrounds