The Story Behind the O’s Anniversary O’possum Meet "Marsupius Magnanimous" by William Dunlap

The O’Possum you’ve seen hanging from a red O in our 15th Anniversary ads was dreamed up and painted by Mississippi artist and longtime Ogden Museum supporter, William Dunlap, in 2010.

With some other Museum supporters, Dunlap, as he puts it, “conspired to celebrate the O’possum as a fine and upstanding symbol of all that’s good about the American South.”

Dunlap even concocted a delicious drink name for the O’possum, which includes equal parts vodka, pomegranate juice and green garnishes. “The sort an O’possum enjoys so much,” jokes Dunlap.

Do you love the O’possum as much as we do? You can buy an O’possum print or t-shirt in the Ogden Museum Store this Saturday at our Anniversary Celebration!

About the Ogden Museum’s 15th Anniversary Celebration
This year marks the Ogden Museum’s 15th anniversary! Since opening in 2003, the Museum has been dedicated to sharing the visual arts and culture of the American South with the community. Come join us to celebrate our 15th year with a day of kid and adult art activities, yoga, scavenger hunts, music, food and more! This event is FREE and fun for the whole family. Come Celebrate the South! 

10 a.m. Coffee available from Solo Espresso 
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Raffle drawing and giveaways (Drawings at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 and 4 p.m.)
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Scavenger hunts – explore the Museum and compete for prizes!
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Craft stations for kids
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Pin the Tail on the Universal Mule, Jack Niven’s popular work in the Museum’s Collection
10:15 a.m. Performance by Young Audiences’ Dave James
10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Docent Tours of the Museum
11 a.m. Performance by Dancing Grounds
11 a.m. Free yoga in the Patrick F. Taylor Library
12 p.m. Performance by Young Audiences’ Dave James
12 – 2 p.m. Free snowballs from Plum Street Snoballs
12 – 2 p.m. Food trucks available: La Cocinita and Fete au Fete
12:45 p.m. Teen Docent Puppet Shows
1:15 p.m. DJ Heelturn
2:30 p.m. Drawing class
2:30 – 4 p.m. Adult crafts: pom poms and opossum letterpress card making with Jessica Peterson
3 p.m. Cocktail hour featuring the O!Possum specialty cocktail
3 – 3:30 p.m. Performance by the Original Pinettes Brass Band