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