History is a gift from the past. A legacy is this family's gift to the future.
Sam and June Joy are continuing a proud tradition of preserving and passing on Joy family history for the education and enrichment of their children and grandchildren, as well as future generations of Minnesotans. Treasured family keepsakes and memories have been donated and recorded by the Minnesota Historical Society dating back to 1949 by Mrs. Samuel J. Joy, daughter of Joel E. Whitney, Minnesota's premier pioneer photographer, and then added to by Sam and June in more recent decades.
To honor and celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of Sam and June Joy, their children Charles, Elizabeth, and Andrew contacted the Society about creating a permanent legacy in their parents' names. They chose to establish a named endowment fund to which their parents, families, and others could make current and deferred gift commitments, now and in the future.
In advance of sharing the news of the fund with Sam and June, friends and family were invited to contribute to the fund. This was a wonderful surprise for Sam and June, who received this golden anniversary gift in February of 2009. Shortly thereafter the Joys completed the paperwork creating The Sam and June Joy Family Endowment Fund for Collections, designating the income from this fund to support Society activities related to the preservation and promotion of photographs, documents, textiles, and three-dimensional objects.
The Joys, whose family now spans five generations in Minnesota, firmly believe that history connects us to our roots. They are grateful to their industrious and determined ancestors, and others who came before and after, for helping to shape the place we call home today.
In the last few years, Sam has been organizing family papers and photographs and transcribing diaries from trips his great aunt and great uncle, Lillias and Charles Joy, made between 1911 and 1947, often accompanied by Dr. and Mrs. William J. Mayo. Along with his brother Bill Mason, Sam knows they are the last of their generation able to identify relatives and friends in photographs passed down to them, and when and where they were taken. They feel a sense of duty to document this information before these personal histories are lost.
We are today's stewards of history, and we can each take pride in carrying on Minnesota's time-honored commitment that history matters. In the words of Lillias Joy, "no matter how tall your grandfather was, you have to do your own growing." The history we save and the history we make will be our legacy to the future.
We invite every Society member and friend to consider making a current or deferred gift to the Society's endowment. A gift to endowment provides a wonderful opportunity to create a permanent legacy in your name or in memory or honor of others.
For more information about our endowment program, please call me at (651) 259-3116 or visit us online at www.mnhs-legacy.org.
Thank you for your interest and support.
Director of Development