August 9-12, 2013, descendents of Richard Stanislas Grant (1822-1852), met in Pocatello, Idaho to celebrate his life. See photos from the Galleries at 2013 Idaho.

Friday, August 9, 2013 :

  • We drove to the Shoshone-Bannnock Fort Hall Reservation. We had permission to visit the Fort Hall Bottoms where the original Fort Hall had been located. Here are the coordinates: 43° 1'11.26"N 112°38'4.91"W.

    Fort Hall Bottoms

  • After lunch at the Casino, we visited the Bannock County Historical Museum and the Fort Hall Replica . Our guide was Jacquee Alvord. She read us quotes she had collected about Chief Trader Richard Grant written by people on the Emmigrant Trail who had actually met him.

  • We finished the day with a banquet catered by Del Monte Meats.

Saturday, August 10, 2013 :

  • We placed a new stone marker on the grave of Richard Stanislas Grant. It had previously only been marked by a lava rock which local people thought belonged to "Johnny Grant."

  • Contributors to the cost of the stone were:
    • Betty (Grant) and Hans Baier
    • Carol (Thomas) Blatz Family
    • Marilyn (Grant) and Jim Cameron
    • Donald Grant Family
    • Mike and Penny Grant
    • Pete Grant and Barbara Cochran
    • Tom and Denise Paci
    • Anita (Grant) and Gordon Steel
    • Wayne Thomas Family
  • Master of Ceremonies Peter Grant reminded us that most Grants in North America have mixed Scottish and aboriginal heritage. We are either Metis or First Nations. Descendants Olivia, Brendan, Jordan, Sam, Elspeth and Mark read excerpts from Richard Stanislas's biography.

  • After lunch at the historic Enders Hotel, local historian Ellen Carney and Patricia Ericksen took us on a tour of the area. We ended at one of the natural soda springs where we tasted sparkling lemonade.

    Read newspaper articles about the event.

    Sunday, August 11, 2013 :
    • Many people attended the 50th anniversary Sho-Ban Festival (Pow Wow and Rodeo).

    • We met newly found relatives Howard and Ray who are descendants of Richard Grant and live in Fort Hall. Howard had his painted lodge (teepee) at the Festival.

    • We ended our reunion with another great banquet.

    On Monday, many of us went to Deer Lodge, Montana where Johnny Grant had his ranch. Brendan made us our new Facebook Page at the campground there.

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