I have been working on this painting for a long time. I first conceived the idea during a trip to Kirtland with the Sons of Utah Pioneers group. One of my ancestors, James Henry Rollins and his two sisters were adopted by their uncle A. Sidney Gilbert who was a partner with Newel K. Whitney in this store. Henry learned the trade from his uncle and worked in the store as a young man. The store has been reconstructed by the LDS Church along with other historic buildings and the whole town is now a visitor’s center.