Monday, June 6, 2016

The Family History Library Announces 2nd Annual Free Block Party

The following is a press release from FamilySearch.

The Family History Library Announces 2nd Annual Free
Block Party

Salt Lake City, Utah (June 5, 2016)--The Family History Library and the Church History Museum of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be sponsoring the second annual Family History Block Party on Saturday, June 11, 2016, in downtown Salt Lake City featuring indoor and outdoor activities for the entire family.  The event will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on West Temple Street from North Temple to South Temple which will be closed to thru traffic. There is no charge to attend, and all activities are family-friendly.  The first block party was held last year in 2015 in conjunction with A.J. Jacobs’ global family reunion and was a great success. 

The Pecos Posse Old West Singers, Touch of Polynesia (Polynesian dancers), and Scottish bagpipes will provide live entertainment.  Other free outside attractions include a rock climbing wall, bounce houses, face painting, and participation in pioneer era games, among other activities. There will also be food trucks and snow cones for nominal fees.

The inside activities include 20-minute family history classes, fun Green Screen photo opportunities, free photo scanning of family photos, documents, and artifacts, and family discovery experiences. In the Museum, visitors can find historical characters walking around, test detective skills about mysteries behind artifacts in the Museum, and children can visit the new Tell Me the Stories of Jesus children’s exhibit. Toddlers to 12-year-olds will have fun learning through hands-on play and art projects.

“We are hosting this event to help families of all ages discover what a fabulous resource the Family History Library is for those beginning their family history,” says Debbie Getler, of the Family History Center.   “Our hope is that families will come for the fun, discover something interesting about their ancestors, and return to the library again and again to continue their quest to learn more about their own family story.”

Visit the Family History Library Block Party site for more information.

Parking is available, some free, some pay parking.  Go to Temple Square Parking for more information. 


About FamilySearch

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at or through over 4,921 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.


  1. I hope we can make it down there this weekend, but I worry a little about the numbers and parking. We will see.......

    1. It sounds like a fun event. If you do attend, perhaps you could write a blog post to share with those of us who can't be there. Thanks for stopping by!




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