Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints remember the past by re-creating an historic trek made across North America 164 years ago.
Authentic pioneer handcarts will be used by youth and adult members of the Nanaimo ward as they put on their own pioneer trek over a 4.9-kilometre route from the chapel at 2424 Glen Eagle Cres. from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday (July 23).
On July 24, 1847, the first Mormon pioneers reached the Salt Lake Valley in Utah. Each year there are celebrations held worldwide near the date.
Those early pioneers, some hauling all of their possessions in hand carts, suffered a great deal – many losing their lives or family members in the struggle.
“As a family-oriented church, it is difficult to ignore the sacrifice and dedication of those early saints,” said Nanaimo Bishop, Tony Ballegeer. “This year, led by our pioneer committee, we have chosen to mark Pioneer Day in a special way with a mini trek using these locally built handcarts.”
After the trek, the church will open a pioneer room in its chapel building, displaying antique quilts, clothes and other pioneer memorabilia.
There will also be a slide show, food and canning displays, a family history room, a Come Unto Christ display, plus pioneer games and activities for all ages. A light supper will be available at 6 p.m.
The public is welcome to join in the celebration at the Glen Eagle Crescent chapel site from 1-7 p.m. Admission is free.
For more information, please call Ballegeer at 250)-754-4143 or Ray Dykes at 250-760-0047.