The local community is invited to share in the spirit of aloha as the Family History Library celebrates the rich heritage and culture of the Polynesian people on Friday, June 20, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. For some, family history can be searching records and building their family tree. For the Polynesian culture, it is a way to connect with your past not only through historical records but also through art, song, story, and dance. Enjoy a free night of fun learning about the different cultures and heritage of the Polynesia islands, and discover something new about your own family history. Attendance is free. No registration is required.

“This will be a fun event for the entire family,” says Tamra Stansfield, manager of the Family History Library. “We feel this is a great way to introduce the Family History Library to the community and let them know that we are here to help them with their own family history.”

The Family History Library is a fantastic place to experience the heritage of others and to learn more about your own ancestors of nearly every heritage. Visitors will be able to record their own stories by using family story booths and learn how to preserve their family’s memories through free photos and stories services online.

Don’t miss any of these free festivities taking place on June 20:

  • Watch traditional music, dancing, and singing performed from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Follow along as local ukulele maker Carlton Fong leads a group sing-along.
  • Listen to masterful storytellers share the legacy of the South Pacific.
  • Try the Hawaiian photo booth for fun photos.
  • Come and learn the traditional dances of the Polynesian islands.
  • Taste finger samples of the delicious food and drink of Polynesia.

The Family History Library is a great place to experience new cultures, as well as discover more about your own culture and where your family comes from.

“One of our goals is to give people a free opportunity to record and discover memories before they are lost,” says Stansfield. “As a result, future generations will know the legacy their ancestors left behind while discovering where they came from.”

The Family History Library is located at 35 North West Temple, west of Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City. For more information, call 1-801-240-6996. Limited free parking is available behind the Church History Museum and the Family History Library. Parking will fill quickly and is not guaranteed. When the parking lots are full, paid parking is available in surrounding lots. Other options include carpooling or using public transportation. The Temple Square Trax station is only one-half block south of the Family History Library.