Local Area Tours

Utah Genealogical Association, the NGS local host, offers tours on Tuesday, 19 May. All buses depart from the Conference Center and tours have limited space. Conference registration is not required.

RESERVATIONS FOR ALL TOURS MUST BE MADE BY 17 APRIL 2020.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY AND SPECIAL COLLECTIONS

8:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. $30

A visit to the BYU campus in Provo will provide a tour of the facilities and free research time in the database, archive, and library collections. Includes the Center for Family History and Genealogy, the Family History Library within the Harold B. Lee Library, and the L. Tom Perry Special Collections—which contain manuscript collections relevant to the Intermountain West, American Indians, western migration, and Latter-day Saint history/genealogy. A limited number of one-on-one or two-on-one research consultations will be available. Lunch is not included, but there will be a wide range of lunch options in eateries and on-campus cafes.

WELFARE SQUARE AND INTERNATIONAL PEACE GARDENS

9:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. $40

Learn what The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does to care for the poor, foster self-reliance, and provide work and service opportunities. Tour Welfare Square’s storehouse, cannery, bakery, and dairy. Then visit the International Peace Gardens, which feature native plantings, garden architecture, and statues of world peace leaders. Transportation and box lunch included.

THE UTAH STATE ARCHIVES AND DIVISION OF STATE HISTORY

10:00 A.M.–3:00 P.M. $25

Tour the Utah State Archives & Records Service and the Utah Division of State History. Learn how they manage their collections and preserve records and see the interesting records and artifacts they house. Observe the State Archives “robots” in action, visit the Research Room, browse the Rio Gallery Museum, and enjoy lunch at the iconic Rio Grande Café. Transportation included, lunch on your own at the café.

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM AND RED BUTTE GARDEN

11:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M. $65

Utah’s Natural History Museum is one of the country’s finest natural history museums. Explore artifacts highlighting Utah’s history, dinosaurs, native peoples, world-famous landscapes, and more. Also visit the Red Butte Garden, one of the largest botanical gardens in the Intermountain West. It features themed gardens, a children’s garden, waterfall and pond, and hiking trails. Admission, transportation, and box lunch included.

CIVIL WAR TOUR (THREE HOURS)

1:00 P.M.–4:00 P.M. $35

The Civil War Tour will be led by Bruce Butgereit, who will also be giving several lectures at the conference T214 and S417. Participants will depart at 1:00 p.m. and travel by coach and view the most significant Civil War monuments and related sites in the City of Grand Rapids. The tour begins at the site of the first training cantonment and ends at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, which was founded in 1886. The cemetery at the veteran’s home is the final resting place of 2,412 veterans of the Civil War, the largest such group in the State of Michigan and has an unusual Civil War statue. Attendees will also visit the Soldiers’ Cemetery within Oakhill, known for a number of headstones marked as “Unknown.” Bruce Butgereit will discuss a genealogy-based project to identify some of the “unknown” soldiers. Other stops include a unique bronze statue recognizing the Spanish-American War—with a Civil War connection—and a bronze bust of President Lincoln. The highlight of the tour will be a downtown visit to one of the most historical Civil War monuments in the United States—featuring two “firsts.” All attendees will also receive a booklet filled with additional photos and other historical information related to the sites on the tour and in the Grand Rapids area. The Civil War Tour is expected to last about three hours.

There are a few seats left for the Civil War, so if you are interested, register online at conferencengs.staging.wpengine.com. All coach tours will depart from the Lyon Street cul de sac located between DeVos Place and the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. Please arrive fifteen minutes before departure. A tour with less than thirty-four registered participants will be canceled thirty days in advance of the conference, participants will be notified by e-mail, and the tour cost will be refunded.

BEER CITY ALE TRAIL

Tuesday Evening
Tuesday afternoon, pick up the free Beer City Trail map at the Hospitality Booth and enjoy a self-guided walking tour of several breweries in downtown Grand Rapids.

Questions? Contact NGS Registrar Courtney Holmes at
[email protected] or refer to FAQs.