Wednesday, July 30, 2014

"If These Walls Could Talk"

Clear your calendar August 8 or 9! 
You are invited to the premier of the Oneida Stake Academy Foundation's new, original musical: 
"If These Walls Could Talk."
         When a grandfather trying to connect to his digitally-minded grandson, a father hoping to inspire his rambunctious young family and a young man in love trying to share a meaningful secret with his sweetheart, unexpectedly meet in the Oneida Stake Academy building, they discover that sometimes walls can talk.
            The Oneida Stake Academy Cultural Center debuts its first ever musical pageant on August 8 & 9, at 8:30 p.m.
            “If These Walls Could Talk” is a clever musical written by local writer, Cecelie Costley. Director Dani Dunn, of Franklin, brings together professional music written by renowned composer, Tyler Castleton, snappy dancing choreographed by Paula Lemmon, Taessia King, and Autumn Coats, local voices under the direction of chorister Karla Gundersen, colorful costumes assembled by Pat Moses and Glenda Swainston, Joe Ward’s horses and antique cars gathered by Doug West for a wonderful evening of song, dance and storytelling the whole family will enjoy.
            The elegant 124-year-old Oneida Stake Academy building itself will star in the show, as the pageant will be held in the intersection in front of the OSA, at 8:30 p.m. both nights.
            The production involves dozens and dozens of local actors, dancers, costume directors, prop and scenery builders, musicians, staging, light and sound experts, singers, make-up artists, and committee members.
            “I am thrilled about storyline and music,” said Oneida Stake Academy Foundation board member, Necia Seamons, who has been dreaming about the idea of a pageant since the OSAF was formed a decade ago. “Cecelie, Tyler and Dani have captured the essence of the academy’s story to be able to share it in an entertaining and uplifting manner.  We are thrilled to share the production with the descendants and beneficiaries of the people who built the magnificent Oneida Stake Academy building 124 years ago.”
            On the evenings of the performance, the public is invited to bring a donation to help with the building’s restoration as a cultural center/museum of local history. Bleachers erected in the intersection of Oneida and First East will be open for seating at 7:30 p.m. People may also bring blankets for seating to the sides of the bleachers.
            Parking will be available at the South Stake Center and the alley behind the business district in Preston. First East and Oneida will be closed to through-traffic for about one block in each direction from their intersection from 6 p.m. to about 10:30 p.m. both nights.
            Sponsors of the event are the Preston School District, Franklin County, Preston City, Mary Heers and the F. M., Anne G., and Beverly B. Bistline Foundation. 

(The Oneida Stake Academy is the alma mater of Ezra Taft Benson and Harold B. Lee, both presidents of the world-wide Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Other alum of note are LDS general authorities, Richard Edgley, Joe J. Christensen, and Spencer J. Condie, first agent inducted into the FBI Hall of Fame, Samuel Cowley, and Utah State University president, E.G. Petersen. Of almost 40 academies built by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the end of the 19th Century, the OSA is one of just five that are still standing. It is in Preston, Idaho, and is being restored for public use by the Oneida Stake Academy Foundation.)

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 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:
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