The sixth annual OSA Heritage Day on Aug. 3. will celebrate Franklin County’s pioneer heritage outside on the OSA grounds this year.
“Our insurance company has required us to finish certain aspects of the building before we can invite the public back into the building,” said Saundra Hubbard, chairwoman of the Oneida Stake Academy Foundation.
Several of the activities are out-door oriented, however, and the board is looking forward to the celebration.
Dawnell Greene has coordinated several old-fashioned, family friendly games and activities that will be held on the lawn south of the building under the direction of the Franklin County Distinguished Young Women.
On the north side of the building, Linda Hansen will open an old-fashioned candy story and bake shoppe. It will be located inside a tent erected on the north side of the building.
Also inside the tent, at 11 a.m., will be a program honoring the oldest man and woman in Franklin County. This year, they are Venna Herd and Gene Cole, lifetime residents of the area. Jordan Snedeker of the Heritage Home will share stories from their long lives.
Part of the program is the fiddling feature, “Orange Blossom Special” by the Russell Durrant Family, which includes PHS music teacher, Jill Durrant. Darren Parry will be the keynote speaker, sharing how the arrival of the Transcontinental Railroad affected the Native American population. Parry is the descendant of Sagwitch, a survivor of the Bear River Massacre. Today he is an elder of the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation, which is raising funds to build an interpretive center on the ancestral lands of the tribe.
Displays of local history will include Franklin County’s connection to the transcontinental railroad, as well as local relationship of early residents with other local rail systems, will be available.
The 2019 featured fine artist at the OSA Heritage Days is Jennah Larsen. Larsen and her husband, Kurt, have recently built a home in Cub River. Her work will be complimented by live music provided by local artists.
The OSAF is also planning a golf tournament on Aug. 16, to raise funds for the academy building’s restoration.
“We hope the public will enjoy being a part of our local history as well as helping us to finish this building for use. Everything that is donated to the foundation goes directly to the restoration. Our number one goal is to get this local treasure finished and opened to the public,” said Saundra Hubbard, chairwoman of the OSAF.