I have been in possession of the Guice Box for several years now. It is a well-built, sturdy, varnished box emblazoned with the Guice family crest on top and trimmed out with brass handles and latch. I came to acquire it in a roundabout way.
In 2008 my mother and I traveled with other members of my family to attend our first Guice Family Reunion held yearly near McNair, Mississippi.
My mother was so excited to go. She had never known any of her Guice relatives beyond her father, since he had died when she was seven. And his mother and father died before my mother’s parents were married. So to meet other Guice “faces” and to see the family resemblance was a dream come true for her.
Sitting in folding chairs in the shade of trees in the grassy yard of the family home of a Guice relative, family members caught up on news from the previous year. After partaking of some scrumptious family reunion food — you know the kind — my mother was chosen by a drawing to receive a small treasure chest-like box that was part of a Guice Family Reunion tradition. The recipient was to take it home for one year and bring it back to the next reunion. During that year, the holder of the box was to contribute a family treasure — be it a photo, recipe, Guice family story, etc.
Since I am our immediate family’s historian, my mother gave me the box so that I could add a “family treasure” and be the holder of the box it until the next reunion.
As a genealogist and historian, I had fun going through the box’s contents. There were photos, family histories, articles, and obituaries. It was like Christmas morning discovering more Guice family history!
In the months to come, I worked diligently to self-publish a book about our branch of the Guice family, then I added it to the box. I was excited to show the other Guice family members our contribution at the next reunion, but the reunion in 2009 was cancelled. We would have to wait another year. So I put the box safely away in my genealogy cabinet.
But before the next reunion could be held in 2010, my mother passed away. I’m not even sure that it was held that year. I’m so sad that she was never able to attend another reunion, but I am glad that she was able to attend at least one.
Because she was the contact person for the reunion, I have not seen another invitation to attend one. There is a contact name and address under the lid of the Guice box, but I was hesitant to send the box in the mail for fear it may be lost — it, nor its contents can be replaced. I tried to contact another Guice family member that I remembered meeting that day, leaving my information with them to let me know of the next reunion, but I have not been notified.
I hope that by posting this page, someone from the Mississippi/Louisiana Guice family will see it and contact me about the next reunion so I can return the box and the tradition can continue. I will write a letter to the address in the box in hopes that I will get a response about the reunion. Until then if you are a member of the Guice Family, please contact me through this blog and know that the Guice box has been well taken care of. I will come to the next reunion bearing it in one hand and food in the other!