Two Hundredth Birthday Celebration - Fall 2015

A. O. Smoot was born February 17, 1815.

Summary of Abraham Owen Smoot Reunions and Other Events

L. Douglas Smoot
It will be included in the book titled: 
ABRAHAM OWEN SMOOT - His life and service in Provo
No
Date
Event   
Location
Other Notes (attendees, quotes)
  1.              
1895
BYA Founder’s Day
Provo   
Joseph E. Taylor quote “…the credit for the prosperous condition of this Academy today is largely due to Abraham O. Smoot”
  2.              
1912
Smoot Family Reunion
Saratoga
Family Photograph; with Diana Eldredge Smoot
  3.              
1923
Smoot Family Reunion
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 From Preface, Abraham Owen Smoot, L.D. Nixon and L. D. Smoot, 1994
  4.              
1932
BYU Founder’s Day, honoring A.O. Smoot
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James E. Talmage (1876 Academy Student) “President Smoot accomplished a work which to one of inferior qualifications or of weaker devotion would have been impossible”
  5.              
1951
BYU Founder’s Day, honoring A.O. Smoot

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John C. Swenson (1886 Academy Student) said “…it became customary for students to march to the home of A.O. Smoot and salute him on his birthday…as a gesture of their appreciation for his leadership and his devotion to the Academy”
  6.              
October, 1962
Dedication of Abraham O. Smoot Administration Building
BYU Campus
Designer – Henry P. Fetzer
Dedicated by
  7.              
June 3, 1978
Smoot Family Reunion (printed program)

BYU Campus
Family Photograph, (ELWC East Ballroom, ca. 340), Reunion Meeting, Family Meeting/Family History, Children’s Program, Banquet (12:30pm – 7:30pm)
  8.              
June 25, 1983
Smoot Family Reunion (printed program)

BYU Campus
ELWC Ballroom, 19 AO Smoot child representatives, 12:30 – 7:30pm; campus tours, family history report, workshop, refreshments, artifacts, A.O., Margaret histories, children’s program, photographs, children descendants reception, banquet, Vivian McKay, genealogist, 450 attendees, two-day reunion
  9.              
1994
BYU Founder’s Day honoring A.O. Smoot
BYU Campus
Completion of A.O. Smoot book, (Nixon, Smoot); dedication of A.O. Smoot Building Display Case; Family Reunion; Campus Devotional(Margaret Smoot speaker) Parade (with Doug on horse); Loretta Nixon, genealogist – events over homecoming week
10.              
2001
Re-dedication of Preserved BY Academy Building – Provo City Library at Academy Square
Academy Building
Seven Year Project, 24 million dollars; Elder Jeffery Holland dedicated; Academy Building Wing named for A.O. Smoot. Book (Miracle at Academy Square, Doug Smoot, 2003) photograph of dedication services (over 400 in attendance)
11.              
2003
Dedication of Smoot Hall – BY Academy Building (Replica of Lewis Building, West Center Street in Provo – destroyed by fire 1884)
This is the Place Heritage Park, Emigration Canyon

Stanley/Mary Ellen Smoot provided funds for this restoration project and  sponsored Family reunion dinner at Park following dedication (ca. 200 attendees)
12.              
2006
Re-dedication of Smoot Display, Abraham Owen Smoot Administration Building
BYU Campus Smoot Building
Expansion of Display – Use of Nixon/Smoot book, Personal Life, foster-father of Academy. Family paid cost. Photo
13.              
2011
Decade anniversary of re-dedication of BY Academy Building in 2001.
Provo City Library at Academy Square
Banquet, speakers. ca 200 attendees
14.              
October, 2015
Family Reunion – Bi-centennial Anniversary of Abraham Owen Smoot’s birth, 17 February 1815, Owenton, Kentucky
BYU Campus, with BYU Founder’s Day – honoring A.O. Smoot
BYU Campus devotional, campus/city tours of A.O. Smoot sites, Family meeting, artifacts display, sales, eight article series on A.O. Smoot in the Daily Herald, new book on A.O. Smoot’s life and service in Provo, Family dinner, family meeting, photograph. New: aosmoot.blogspot.com to coordinate invitations and communications.
                                                                                               
#11 this is where the A. O. Smoot video was shown during a luncheon given at the Grand America Hotel.  Copies are or were available at This is the Place Heritage Park.  

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