Our home base for meetings and meals was the Nauvoo Stake Center. We met there this evening after checking into the Nauvoo Family Inn and Suites, where most would be staying. At the Stake Center, we received our registration booklets and tickets for meals and buses. Then we enjoyed a good meal while getting acquainted with our distant cousins.
We are the descendants of Martin and Elizabeth Degen Bushman, who came to Nauvoo from Lancaster Co, PA. They arrived in Nauvoo 16 July 1842 after a long and difficult journey of close to 1,000 miles, crossing Pennsylvania, a part of what’s now West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.
After dinner we went to the pageant grounds to enjoy the activities there until the pageant began at dusk. We enjoyed watching handcart races, stick ball, square dancing, stick pulling, and lots of game playing.
Here are some of my cousins!
The pageant was fantastic! Way beyond all my expectations! The participants told the story of British Saints who gathered to Nauvoo, with song and dance and accounts from journals and histories. It really was incredible. I have other pioneer ancestors who were among the Saints who came from England. I felt connected to their movement, a part of a greater whole.