This year's OA Museum at NOAC is located on the ground floor of the McNutt Quadrangle in the Flame Room. It is approximately 6,000 square feet (twice the size of the museum at the last NOAC) and has an unbelievable assortment of OA memorabilia that will provide an unforgettable experience.
The museum has displays from about 30 lodges from across the country, who are participating in the first OA Museum Display Competition and Evaluation. Regional and national awards will be presented based on standardized criteria such as historical value, visual presentation and youth participation in putting the display together. In addition, there are at least another 20 displays of complete or almost complete collections of lodge memorabilia being entered by individuals.
In addition to all these displays, this year's museum will have two other sections that will be more interactive. First, the museum has a preservation section in which staff and volunteers will be digitally archiving and preserving historical documents, memorabilia, paperwork, pictures, etc. that have historical significance to the OA. Ken Davis, a member of the OA National Committee, used some of this material when he wrote the "History of the Order of the Arrow."
The museum will also be presenting a re-creation of the original ceremony from 1915. Unami Lodge #1 has created a slide presentation of the ceremony and pictures from the actual locations on Treasure Island. There will be a video presentation (created by Tipisa Lodge # 326) as well as live presentations of the ceremony in full costume about every hour by volunteer lodges.
The Museum will be open Monday from 1:30 - 5:00 p.m., Tuesday from 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Stop by the OA Museum for an unforgettable experience, and don't forget to pick up your special gift souvenir. In addition, Arrowmen can bring a Lodge flap and donate it to the museum's display.