2.19.2017

A view of a sword that supposedly belonged to Zemira Palmer can be viewed at http://zemirapalmer.org/Zemira_s_Sword.php

9.02.2011

Listening in on our pioneer past

Pioneer Songs

By clicking on the link above you will be treated to several songs sung by the pioneers as they carved civilization out of the West, as sung by their descendants in 1947 when they were recorded for the Library of Congress's Archive of Folk Culture.  These examples were recorded in 1946 and 1947 by Austin Fife and his wife Alta as they gathered songs passed on in the folk tradition—either learned firsthand from the writer or passed down in families and communities.

Zemira loved poetry and to sing, and was often asked to sing at public events. He was singing at the picnic held in 1847 when Brigham Young was informed that the U.S. Army was on its way to the Salt Lake Valley.

Zemira and his step-brother, Gurnsey Brown, helped to bring survivors from the Willie and Martin Handcart companies to the Salt Lake Valley. It is possible he sang some of these songs himself.

The link takes you to a podcast, which you will have to click on to listen to.

5.25.2010

Where we are from

The following map records where those of us are from who click on this site. It'll be fun to see how far flung we who are interested in the Palmer Family have become.


Locations of visitors to this page

4.07.2010

Eva Black Palmer and quilts

Click on the photo for the enlarged version.

"Eva Black Palmer was the daughter of William Morley Black. She married James William Palmer, and they had ten children. They were pioneers coming out of Old Mexico to San Juan County. Eva was a hard working woman. She kept things very clean, and nothing was thrown away. Every scrap of cloth was made into quilts for her big family. Quilting day was a wonderful social time for the women to visit and help one another finish a quilt for a wedding or other event."

Source: Blue Mountain Shadows Magazine, Volume 18: "One Hundred Years of Quilts and the People who Made Them," Spring 1997, p. 51. 

Rebecca Stevens quilts in Blue Mountain Shadows


Source: Blue Mountain Shadows Magazine, Volume 18: "One Hundred Years of Quilts and the People who Made Them," Spring 1997, p. 53.