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Redd is the Name -- This Is the Place


John Hardison and Elizabeth Hancock Redd Reunion

Where: This is the Place Heritage Park; Salt Lake City, Utah

When: July 25 2015, all day, General Meeting at 12:00 p.m.

Why: Family is Important! Understanding our Heritage is Important!

Cost: $8 for adults; $5 for children 3-11; $6 for seniors 55 and up; free for children 2 and under. (This is $3 less than regular park admission and includes park entrance fees and reunion activities.)

How: Join the Redd Family Organization Facebook Group, Sign up for newsletter on


The Redd Family’s history is a proud one, as colorful as its name. It’s only fitting that such a heritage be celebrated in a location just as memorable: “This is the Place” Heritage Park in Salt Lake City. Saturday July 25, 2015 is the equally auspicious date -- a long weekend for celebrating our Redd family heritage during Pioneer Days. 


Definitely the Place


Reunion chairwoman Karen Redd says the spot where Mormon pioneers first entered the Salt Lake Valley has particular advantages as a reunion venue.  A wide variety of activities ensure a good time for all. Many will want to visit with relatives and delve into family history, genealogy and DNA research. Others, especially the youngsters, can choose to enjoy such park offerings as pony rides, train rides, pioneer tradesmen demonstrations and a Native American Village.


“It’s a place that can meet everyone’s needs,” Karen Redd said. “It’s a perfect venue to bring everyone together, to mingle, and to get acquainted with the diversity of people we have as members of the Redd family -- in a setting that is very accommodating to all ages and needs.”


The Redd family events happen at three historic buildings in the park. Events already scheduled include a keynote speech by Olympic champion gymnast Peter Vidmar (a Redd family member), updates on genealogical and DNA research, ancestor vignettes, and music by an orchestra and choir of Redd family musicians. You’ll learn about more events and speakers in future newsletters.


Wave YOUR branch of the tree


Holding the reunion during a three-day weekend opens up possibilities for individual branches of the Redd family tree to hold their own reunions on the day before the big Saturday event, Karen Redd said. Because Pioneer Day weekend is such a busy time, it’s none too soon for interested families to begin making reservations for parks, campgrounds or vacation rentals in the Salt Lake City area.  What better way to maintain pride in the Redd family than bringing cousins together to share fun, memories and family history at a giant Redd reunion? And perhaps a smaller one, too.


“As the famous saying goes, ‘The Redd Family comes very highly self-recommended,’” Karen Redd said with a laugh. “Our heritage is a part of us -- part of our DNA and part of what makes us who we are. This is a wonderful opportunity to share our heritage with our children and grandchildren, and help them get the vision of where they came from.”


Making it happen


The 2015 reunion is shaping up to be the biggest and best ever. Here are some ways you can help ensure that July 25 2015 is a Redd Letter Day:


*Join the Redd Family Organization Facebook Group: Once you join, you can add all of your Facebook relatives to the group.


*Provide email addresses: We need your help to get the word out to all of our Redd family members. 


*Forward this newsletter to all of your Redd relatives. Invite them to sign up for future emails at our website.


*Save the day, and have family members save it too: July 25, 2015


*Organize a SLC-area reunion of your branch of the family tree for July 24, 2015


*Join the orchestra or choir: More information to come in a future newsletter. 


Watch for more newsletters: We’ll tell you more about Peter Vidmar and other reunion presenters. You’ll learn more about advances in Redd Family DNA studies and genealogy.  And, you’ll find out about other reunion activities as they develop. 

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