The Ancestry Wall

A few years ago, I got the idea of creating a gallery wall with old photos of Leah and Michael’s grandparents, great-grandparents and even great-great grandparents. I slowly began collecting old photos and various frames, referencing gallery walls on Pinterest for inspiration. Originally, all of this was going on a blank vertical space at the end of our staircase until I realized… it wouldn’t fit!

Scratch Plan A.

The professionals suggest that you lay it out ahead of time and create a paper template to stick to the wall – and use laser pointers for accurate alignment. I kept shuffling frames in the den floor over the course of a couple of weeks. (Silly, I know.) Michael walked in and said, “Mommy, why are you thinking about this so much? Just put them on the wall.”

Wisdom!

So I walked over to the Plan B wall – the hallway off the kitchen and hung the picture of my grandfather with his teammates on the cotton mill village men’s baseball team. Then I picked up frames and hung them up one by one, quickly and without over-thinking it.

I love how it turned out!

There’s a story behind every picture and now the kids will have a visual to go along with stories about their great-grandfather Everett who was one of 9 boys, and their great-grandfather Harold who went to work in a cotton mill when he was 9 years old…

The wall also means my great-aunt Mattie and her husband Lonnie will be remembered even though they never had children to pass along their names or DNA.

I am in love with this wall.

2 thoughts on “The Ancestry Wall

  1. Kim, you know the Mormons really push the ancestry wall of pictures. There were several Mormons on the Family and ______ faculty and I frequently went to conferences they led when I was with ACS. So, what you have done was one of their key ingredients for a stable child. And who can quarrel with their homes – if there is only one wife. I know your parents and relatives appreciate what you’ve done and Michael and Leah will also, if not now, later. Our kids are so into their heritage at this point.

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