Wednesday, July 16, 2014

More articles on OSA restoration project

MHSF articles on OSA

The Mormon Historic Sites Foundation has several articles on the Oneida Stake Academy's history. You can find them on the link above.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Drone captures majesty of OSA building

OSA from above

Click on the link above to see TJ Burbank's video of the academy from his drone's viewpoint. It's beautiful!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

"Suppose" you come stitch with us on July 24!


So excited to have the ladies at Suppose Quilt Boutique with us on the OSAF's Franklin County Heritage Day on July 24! Come stitch a block with them!

See more at Suppose

Thursday, July 3, 2014

OSAF hosts summer events

                     Author Michael Chrichton, who gained famed when Hollywood brought his book, Jurassic Park to the big screen, once said, “If you don’t know history, you don’t know anything. You are like a leaf not knowing that it is part of a tree.”
            Summer offers on opportunity to connect with history as families recreate together. Showcasing the legacy Franklin County pioneers left their descendants, the Oneida Stake Academy Foundation and its partners have organized three family friendly events this summer, said Nathan Hale, chairman of the Oneida Stake Academy Foundation.


OSA Legacy Bike Race – July 19, 7 a.m.
            First is the Legacy Bike Race, slated for July 19, at 7 a.m.  Racers will begin at the Oneida Stake Academy Cultural Center, 90 E. Oneida, and follow three different courses: an 18-mile, 50-mile and 62.6 mile (Metric Century) so participants can choose their own level of intensity, said Brandon Olsen, committee member.
            “We will have everything from serious riders to families and scout groups so going at your own pace is A-OK,” said another committee member, Casey Judd.
            “This is a perfect opportunity for scout troops to help their community out while earning their biking merit badge,” said Hale, also an avid supporter of the Scouting program. Registration will be $35, with discounts for families, teams and scouts.          
            Participants may register online at http://www.active.com/preston-id/cycling/races/oneida-stake-academy-legacy-ride-2014. For more information, please contact committee chairman, Elliott Larsen at 852-2593.

2ND ANNUAL HERITAGE DAY – July 24, 1 p.m. to dusk
            The Heritage Day debuted last summer as part of Franklin County’s Centennial birthday party. Participants enjoyed their summer afternoon in the shadow of the Oneida Stake Academy playing old fashioned games, bidding then dining on succulent homemade pies, making butter, playing in horseshoe and marble tournaments, and riding in Joe Ward’s stagecoach, and listening to local musicians in the park. There was an antique tractor show, a blacksmith and wool spinners to watch and a Dutch oven dinner to enjoy.
            This year’s celebration will echo last year’s fun with many of the same features, but will also include new elements. For example, this year, new tractors will be featured in the antique tractor show, new exhibits, games, and a visit from the American West Gunfighters.
            For more information, contact OSAF Heritage Day Committee Chairwoman Saundra Hubbard, at 339-1674.


"WITHIN THESE WALLS" (MUSICAL) – Aug. 8 and 9, 8:30 p.m.

            Unforeseen challenges prevented the debut of the Oneida Stake Academy Foundation’s pageant, featuring original music and script, as part of the county’s birthday celebration last year. Nevertheless, the show will go on, said OSAF Pageant Committee chairwoman, Alice King, “and the wait has been worth it.”
            Pulling in vast musical and dramatic talent from within Franklin County’s boundaries, this event promises to be a worthwhile and entertaining evening for its attendees, said King. The script, written by Cecelie Costley and directed by Danielle Dunn, brings local history alive as seen through the eyes of former OSA students and leaders. Motives that pushed pioneers to sacrifice personally to build the elegant structure, and the influence the school had on its students, are emphasized through music written for the show by county native and music world giant, Tyler Castleton.
            Slated to be held in front of the picturesque academy building itself, the pageant will start at 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 8 & 9.

            “We hope these events will help the public feel the unity our ancestors felt in providing a beautiful future for us. Each one will offer us an opportunity to participate in the restoration of that grand symbol of our past,” said Hale. Any fees or donations connected with these events are tax-deductible and will benefit the restoration of the 124-year-old building into a cultural center/museum of local history.

Glenn Beck to speak July 5

GLEN BECK to speak at Dahle Arts Center, in Dayton, Idaho, this Saturday, JULY 5, at 7 p.m. Tickets going fast. Get them at: http://www.wssd.k12.id.us/index.php/arts
Funds raised from this family event benefit restoration of Oneida Stake Academy building, the Worm Creek Opera House, and the Dahle Performing Arts Center. (Photo courtesy of the Preston Citizen.)
See related article at:Glenn Beck

Monday, June 16, 2014

Service with a smile

Special thanks to the missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  They have spent several hours helping to spruce up the Oneida Stake Academy building. We can't say thank you enough! To see more photos, click on the following link: Photo Album on Facebook


OSA Heritage Day music

Adult musicians in the area are invited to contact Anna Gray (825-0792) to participate in the OSA Heritage Day on July 24 in Preston.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Future use predetermined?

In 1975, Newell Hart (pictured above and leaning back), the quintessential historical and preservationist of the Oneida Stake Academy, was going over with readers of the Cache Valley Newsletter (CVN) the many uses a restored Oneida Stake Academy building could be used for.

Let us read what Newell suggested:

“It would fill 15 issues of C.V.N. to outline the many uses to which a restored Academy would be put. There are many rooms and much space. One room should be devoted to the Oneida Stake Academy heritage – photos , mementoes, painting or low-up sketches of some of the famous old characters – Merrill, Geddes, Packer, et all; and another room for P.H.S. – photos of all its athletic teams, trophies, copies of its publications (do you know P.H.S. doesn’t even have a library of its old Quiver yearbooks or blue  White  papers?!!), blow-up photos of some of the decorated balls at the Opera House or Gym. A gallery for exhibiting work by the native artists and craftsmen. There could be a room filled with Roy Sorensen type artifacts – inspired by the best relic collector of ‘em all. There is a new concept in museums. They’re not dead anymore. But that’s another story.
            “In the basement could be a vault for original historical documents of Franklin County. This would be invaluable for students assigned to write an essay, a speaker scheduled to talk in church or in some other public place, news reporters seeking a background to their stories. Diaries, letters, old papers, early Preston business letterheads, copies of all O.S.A. catalogs and documents reportedly sent to Salt Lake City in 1922, microfilm & reader for copies of many-many old-time public and church documents of the area. And how about copies of all those ancestral biographies that are read in Daughters of Pioneer meetings? What happens to them?
            “Meanwhile, upstairs in the restored auditorium: an old time jazz concert once in awhile; an occasional play staged by local or visiting dramatic groups (Utah State Theatre, Northern Cache Valley Dramatic Society, Antique Festival Theatre of Hagerman Valley, the Washakie Theatre Group of Bear Lake); we might even try having our Old-timers Homecoming there. Or, for making a little expense money, we could consider renting it out as a real character setting for class reunions, family get-togethers, wedding receptions and such.”

            Several years ago, without having read this newsletter, the board members of the Oneida Stake Academy Foundation adopted the following uses for the building upon its restoration:

“In its next century of service, each room of the Oneida Stake Academy will tell a story to visitors and patrons. The main floor will house an information center, a historical classroom and a museum/interpretive center.
“The basement will provide a large meeting room, restrooms, and a kitchen. An elevator will make all floors ADA accessible.
“The top floor is a ballroom and will be an elegant setting for important events such as class and family reunions, wedding receptions, and other social gatherings.
“Musicals, plays, concerts and other entertaining events in the academy's ballroom, extended staircase and courtyard will enrich everyone's visit to the academy.”
It seems the OSA building’s future has never been a question. 
Anyone interested in helping to complete the OSA building's restoration as a cultural center/museum, may contact the board members of the Oneida Stake Academy Foundation at office@oneidastakeacademy.org. We have need of committee members on the following committees: fund-raising, events (OSAF Legacy Bicycle Race on July 19, OSAF Heritage Day on July 24, OSAF Pageant on Aug. 8&9), planned giving, grant writing, construction.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Surplus Sale

Over the years, a few items have been placed in the OSA building to be stored, or were once used for purposes we won't be needing them for in the future. 

So, here's an opportunity make a donation to the Oneida Stake Academy Foundation and take something home with you. 

On Saturday, April 19, from noon - 5 p.m., items we need to move will be sold. Come to the OSA building then to see if there's something you would like.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Essay on the OSA


This essay is taken from the Peter Simon Jensen, 1872-1896, collection at the Church History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Note: This article has been typed in using the grammar and spelling used by the author. It is hand written on three sheets of paper, a sample of which is pictured above.

Essay on the Oneida S. Academy and its founders

Church Academies are constructed according to divine revelation, given to our beloved Prophet Brigham Young, in making special reference to the O.S. Academy and its founders I will give a few items gleaned from the minutes kept by the secretary of the Board of Education of this Stake, which reads as follows.
            This was done in accordance with instructions in circular No. 1, issued by the general Church Board of Education. Our first Stake Board consisted of the following named Brethren.
            Geo. C. Parkinson, Wm. H. Parkinson, Chas. M. Squires, Jas. Chadwick, and Parley P. Willey. Among the first moves made by the Board was to plan for a suitable school Building. Public meetings were held to determine when to build it in the several Wards. Delegates were elected to meet in convention and decide the matter by majority vote. This convention met in Franklin Tithing office July 27, 1889. Several Wards were voted upon as suitable place for the erection of the building. And while there were a majority of the Delegates perferred other Wards to Preston it was thought those in favor of Preston represented a majority of People.
            In order to avoid any ill feelings whatever in this matter it was decided to have the judgment of the first Presidency of the Church.  Prest. Lorenzo Snow was sent to visit the different wards and investigate in behalf of the Board and soon after his report it was decided Preston was the most suitable place in the Stake. Through the kindness of Pres. Wilford Woodruff and councilors the church architect D.C. Young was instructed to draft a plan. This he did and the plan was highly recommended by Dr. Carl G. Mayer and others.
            Desiring the hearty support of all the people throughout the entire Stake. Letters were sent to the Bishops of different wards requesting that from three to five men be appointed to represent the subject in a general Priesthood meeting held in Preston. At this meeting wich occurred July 7, 1898. The Plan drawn on paper By Bro. Young was fully exhibited to all present; and all were in favor of accepting it, contribute there means and use their influence with others to contribute their means to this worthy enterprise. Prest. Solomon H. Hale was engaged to supertend the job work wich was soon commenced. The basement excavated and on July 2nd 1890 late in the afternoon Prest. Geo C. Parkiinson dedicated the corner Stone wich was laid by himself and others under direction of master mason ??? Sommars. From that time the work steadily progressed and in Dec. 16, 1892 they commenced or was in the act of putting on the roof. the dimensions of the Building are 48X60 on the inside. Three stories high including the basement. The present condition of the School is favorable the last winter it has had an average attendance of about 200 a quite a large pescent of those being Academic Students. Owing to busy times wich come on in the spring season the amount of students have greatly decreased.
            By close observation we ned not be left in doubt as to this and similar Institution being of a Divine origin. As the sole object of building them is that all of a moral chacter who wish and are able to persue its courses with profit may be benifited and develop their mental facilities in every direction. Everything that terminates to elevate us originates from God our Eternal father, development of the head and mind is necessary. And Church schools are the agency wich this shall be brought about. We shall in some future time head the world in Education. While we do not wish to ignore the district School in any way, we hold the Academies in preference as we firmly believe they are conducted more in accordance with the principles of revealed religion. As for instance we have among the other branches of study one half an hour devoted to the study of Theology and all are requested to participate.
            A student is capable of learning more easily under the influence and guidance of the Spirit of God We hold that those who attend these schools are under a better influence than those who attend schools that are not conducted upon this basis.
            Great credit is due the People of this Stake who have so Liberally appropriated of their means to complete this Building. When taking into consideration that it has or will when comp finished cost in the neighborhood of $40,000. For all this I do not think for a moment that People feel any the poorer.
            What are the worth of the means contributed to compare with the Blessings that will be derived from this Enterprise. Yes we can already see its blessings being showered among the Youth of this Locality who attend this School. I will also add that the teachers employed are good energetic workers who work for the advancement of those in attendance. The last winter five teachers have been employed including the Music Teacher.
            May God bless and prosper this institution and increase in the hearts of the young the desire to attend it. And may the Parents see its necessity of encouraging their children to this effect.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Castleton puts OSA soul to music

Tyler Castleton

The Preston Citizen featured Tyler Castleton and the music he wrote for the OSAF pageant "If These Walls Could Talk." This new and original musical will be presented Aug. 8-9 in front of the Oneida Stake Academy building (90 E. Oneida, Preston, Idaho). 

You can read about Tyler and his beautiful music at this link: Preston Citizen

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Text of Citizen article found here

Castleton puts heart and soul of OSA building to music

By NECIA P SEAMONS
Citizen staff writer

The heartfelt and popular music of Franklin County native, Tyler Castelton, has been performed around the world by such acclaimed artists and superstars as Gladys Knight, Marie Osmond, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Julie de Azevedo, Eclipse, The Jets, and Martina McBride. His talents are behind the award-winning albums of Latter-day Saint artists Michael McLean, Jericho Road, Hilary Weeks, Kenneth Cope, Jenny Phillips, Cherie Call, Jenny Oaks Baker, Providence, and George Dyer.

Recently Castleton’s talents have come home to roost: Last year his newly organized boy-band Beyond 5 exploded onto the pop scene taking Castleton’s music throughout Asia. At Christmastime, he brought the group to perform at Preston High School and Preston Junior High.

Also last year, he gave his hometown another gift, one the community will receive in August: Castleton has put to music the heart and soul of the Oneida Stake Academy building in three original songs that will be featured in the first ever Oneida Stake Academy Pageant: “If These Walls Could Talk.”

In 2012, Castleton was approached by the late Karla Cattani about the idea of writing music for a script written by Cecelie Costley to be presented as part of the county’s 2013 centennial. Castleton readily agreed to be a part of the production and quickly wrote some tunes. At the time, Castleton was in the middle of producing the Asian tour and debut of Beyond 5, so his time was extraordinarily tight. But in his heart, he knew the music he had promised for the pageant wasn’t right.

So despite the hopes of the Oneida Stake Academy Foundation Pageant Committee’s directors, he scrapped the songs. The pageant therefore, was not a part of Franklin County’s Centennial.

Castleton was determined to find just the “right” message with his songs, however, and rewrote them all. When they finally came together, the music was worth the wait, said Peggy Christensen, who took over the effort at Cattani’s untimely death.

“The music conveys exactly the message and emotions we were hoping for,” she said. Christensen and her husband are currently serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Alice King, Dani Dunn and the OSAF Pageant Committee are moving the production forward.

“From the moment I was approached by Karla Cattani, I knew I wanted to be involved,” said Castleton. “(The academy) has a special place in my heart because it was right there at the center of my youth and growing up and I appreciate it … for the history that’s behind it and what’s happened there long before I came along.”

He took his first music lessons in the building from Marion Newbold. He participated in choir concerts and National Honor Society meeting in the building’s ballroom. Like many youth in the past, Castleton was fascinated by the elegant, history-rich edifice.

“I have with my friends, snuck up into bell tower of the OSA many times, in the middle of the night with my friends, and rung the bell, bringing police many a time in the middle of the night on several occasions.”

But it was a respectful fascination and when he married, Castleton and his new bride held their wedding reception in the same ballroom. “My mother decorated that place like nobody’s business,” he said.

So it was for his appreciation to those people who provided his heritage and training, and his own attachment to the building, that Castleton told Cattani he would write the music despite the conflict it posed with his efforts to debut Beyond 5.

“I knew it would be difficult with my schedule, but … I said I would wholeheartedly. Frankly, I wanted to make a contribution. I wanted to help tell the story of our heritage and our history and of all the wonderful and amazing people who came before us. I feel really privileged to … use what I’ve been given (my talents) to help.”

In addition to the love Castleton feels for his hometown, Costley’s script inspired his compositions, he said. By imagining the mindset and heartfelt feelings of the characters, Castleton wrote the music from the their vantage point.

“I tried to put myself into the place of the townspeople so long ago when the prophet was encouraging them to make education a bigger part of their lives,” he said.

“It was not an easy process because I was juggling so much… And when I did have time, it wasn’t always easy to get ideas to flow.” Castleton said many prayers were said by people in his support group to help him accomplish what he was trying to do.

“They’re support and prayers in my behalf really did help those songs to come about.” Castleton said he is thankful for the opportunity to be involved in the Oneida Stake Academy Foundation Pageant, which will be presented August 8-9.

“I want to give a collective hug to the town of Preston. There are so many meaningful people there that played a part in my growing up. Preston’s a really special place. A big part of my heart will always be there,” he said.


Friday, February 28, 2014

KVNU interview recorded




Click on the KVNU link above, scroll down to, or search for "Oneida Stake Acacemy" to hear the latest interview on KVNU regarding the Oneida Stake Academy's restoration and events sponsored by the Oneida Stake Academy Foundation.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Public seeks historic preservation

"Historic and cultural attractions in the Bear River region, which includes Cache, Box Elder, Rich, Franklin, Bear Lake, Oneida and Caribou counties, bring in more than one million visitors and more than $40 million from around the world each year, according to a recent study."


The above paragraph is from an article that appeared in the Logan, Utah, Herald Journal on Sunday. The entire article can be read at: http://news.hjnews.com/allaccess/article_10d07ef4-f743-11e2-a4ac-001a4bcf887a.html#.UffcX0b1pdw.email

Monday, July 29, 2013

THANK YOU, Thank You and thank you!



Melissa Draper and Julia Seare demonstrate the heritage art of making thread on spinning wheels.
We would like to thank the residents of Franklin County for enjoying and supporting the festivities behind the academy building on July 24th that were part of the Franklin County Centennial & first annual OSAF Heritage Day.

We would also like to thank our sponsors who so happily helped to make this celebration the success it turned out to be: Idaho Salvage, Linda Hansen, Big J’s, KACH, Franklin County Senior Citizens Center, Kelly’s Exxon, Eric & Roxanne Ward Dairy, Stokes Thriftway, Independent Meats, Edward’s Floral, Boyd & Cindy Burbank, Ritewood Eggs, Jeff Hobbs, Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, the Preston Citizen, Fighting Quaker Forge, Jannalee Fox Dance Team, Duane & Sandra Weeks Family, Melinda Jepsen & family and Joe Ward.

We'd also like to note that Franklin County is lucky to have the following talented and generous residents and friends. We thank them for volunteering the hundreds of hours that went into our fun:
Dee Hunzeker
Kyle Hardy
Hannah Edwards
Frank Priestly
Dave Jeppsen 
Natalie Dallin
Jeff, Sam and David Seamons
Jan & Samuel Seamons
Doug & Ashley Seamons Family
Anjanette Dalley 
Boyd & Lynda Condie
Julia Seare
Dave Gregersen
Jace Johnson
Kennedy Bingham
Vanessa Stokes
Tori Groll
Abby Olsen
Hailey Griffeth
Millie Geddes
Braxtyn Moffitt
Dennis Lund
Jay Hansen
Von Gregersen
Dru Westover
Burt Smith
Alan White
Lori Smart
Mike Mendenhall
Naomi Jones
Eric Nielson
Tony & Kathy Hollingsworth
Tami Smith
Diane Hyde   
Patrick & Ann Costello
Elisabeth Mumford  
Kye Christensen
Jaclyn Mickelson
Paul Jenkins
Carson Liberty
Kyle Atkinson
Joy Christensen
Peggy Christensen
Myrna Fuller
Judy Wilde
Verlene Knapp
Andrew Wilson
Jill Durrant
Nikki Lower
Megan Andrew
Koltn Burbank
Kodie Ann Jenkins
Austin Green
Rickton Larson
Katie Lower
Danni Lower
Lynn Harris
Kristy Knapp
Megan Andrew
Judy Wilde
Judy Krantz
Laura Beardall
Edna Fuller
Stacey Keller
Teresa Chipman
Ruth Scott
Josiah Cordes
Bryce Gray
Debra Baldwin
Stacy Barton
Verlene Knapp
Afton Perry
Jon and Lana Jenkins and
Jake & Megan Stoker Family
Melissa Draper and children
Preston High and West Side FFA chapter members 
Strictly Ballroom Dance Team
Levis and Lace Square Dancers
Preston South Stake

Sincerely, 
The OSAF Board members: Nathan Hale, Sydney Hale, Lyle Fuller, Larry Bradford, Paul Judd, Elliott Larsen, Necia Seamons, Kim Wilson and James Brown, and the 

OSAF Events Committee: Saundra Hubbard, Anna Gray, Carolyn Gunter, Rawana Griffeth, Thedora Petterborg, Diane Petty, Sheyenne Hunzeker, Tiffany Jeppsen, Hannah Edwards, Jennifer Seamons, John Packer


           

OSAF Heritage Day & Franklin County Centennial Photos

Facebook photos

Clicking the link above will take you to photos taken during our Heritage Day and Franklin County Centennial. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

OSAF Legacy Bicycle Ride July 20


Announcing the Oneida Stake Academy Legacy Bicycle Ride!

Race begins July 20, at 7 a.m. sharp at the Oneida Stake Academy (90 E. Oneida, Preston, Idaho.)

Click the following link to register. http://beta.active.com/preston-id/cycling/races/oneida-stake-academy-legacy-ride-2013

Registration categories include individuals, teams, family and scout troops!

Refreshments will be served after the ride and there will be activities in the park.
For more information, please contact Elliott Larsen at 851-2593.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

OSAF sponsors Heritage Day


To celebrate the 100th birthday of Franklin County, the Oneida Stake Academy is hosting Heritage Days on July 24, in Benson Park, Preston, Idaho. 
Come celebrate with us!
The fun begins with an opening ceremony at 1 p.m. The park will then  be filled with free old fashioned games such as foot races and cmarble and jack tournaments, heritage activities and an alumni booth for anyone who ever taught or attended a class within the Oneida Stake Academy’s walls during the 113 years it was open. Anyone interested in a 3-on-3 basketball tournament may contact Elliott Larsen at 208-852-2328.
Makers of pies are encouraged to enter the pie contest, which will be judged at the end of the opening ceremonies. An OSA Dutch oven and other prizes will be presented to the winner. To enter, please contact Sheyenne Hunsaker at 208-681-0308.
Antique tractors will be displayed, and artisans will show how to use a spinning wheel and smith iron.
The afternoon will feature several musical performances by local artists.
Tickets are now on sale for a Dutch oven dinner, which will be served from 4-7 p.m., complete with musical entertainment provided by the Community  Orchestra. They are $12 per person or $45 per family. Children under the age of four are free.
A family dance will be held from 7-9 p.m. in a re-creation of an outdoor version of the famed Persiana Dance Hall. This event will feature floor shows by the dance teams coached by Autumn Coats, Sherrie Rallison and  Alexis Beckstead.
To purchase a ticket or for more information, please contact a member of the The Oneida Stake Academy Heritage Day Committee: Saundra Hubbard, Hannah Edwards, Jennifer Seamons, Diane Petty, Carolyn Gunter, Rawana Griffiths, Anna Gray, John Packer, Diane Petty, Thedora Peterborg, Tiffany Jeppsen, Kathy Griffeth, Autumn Coats, Anjanette Dalley, Megan Steadman, Sheyenne Hunsaker, Kip Larsen, Elliott Larsen and Necia Seamons.
Partners with the Oneida Stake Academy Foundation for this Heritage Day are: Idaho Salvage, the Franklin County Senior Center and La Tienda.
Proceeds will go towards the restoration of the Oneida Stake Academy building as a community center/museum of local history. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

NSDAR awards OSAF Historic Preservation Recognition Award

The National Society of the Daughters of American Revolution honored the Oneida Stake Academy Foundation with their prestigious Historic Preservation Recognition Award on April 26.

The award notes the excellent volunteer work in historic preservation efforts made by the board members of the OSAF to save the Oneida Stake Academy Building and restore it for use.


“It was with great pleasure that I received notice that the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Historic Preservation Committee awarded the prestigious NSDAR Historic Preservation Recognition Award to the Oneida Stake Academy Foundation for its part in rescuing and restoring the Oneida Stake Academy,” said Joanne Jensen, regent of the Bear River Chapter of the NSDAR.



“This award was designed to recognize worthy local individuals and groups for outstanding achievements in all areas of historic preservation.  This award recognizes and honors OSAF for outstanding volunteer effort and service at the community level for the historic preservation of the Oneida Stake Academy.  Congratulations to OSAF!” said Jensen.

 The award was presented by the General President of the NSDAR, Merry Ann Wright and signed by Jensen and the Utah State Regent Shirley Nelson. Wright, who instigated the granting process, said she was thrilled with the work being done on the OSA building.
2011.  Those funds have been used to restore the bell tower of the Oneida Stake Academy Building. The work is near completion and was done by Todd Jensen Construction.

The NSDAR, based in Washington D.C. was formed the same year local pioneers began working on the Oneida Stake Academy: 1890. Six years later, Congress incorporated the organization appointed with the mission of preserving history, promote education, and encourage patriotic endeavor.

With 170,000 members in 3,000 chapters nationwide and internationally, the NSDAR support several schools, provide scholarships and awards to qualifying students, sponsor literacy and youth programs, essay contests, museum program, and summer camps. They also provide service to veterans and active military personnel.

NSDAR headquarters comprises an entire city block close to the nations capitol. It includes a genealogical library, one of the foremost collections of pre-industrial American decorative arts, Washington’s largest concert hall and an extensive collection of early American manuscripts and imprints. For more information about the DAR, see www.dar.org.