September 25 - December 19, 2010
Though other Ak-Sar-Ben traditions have long since ceased, the annual Coronation Ball has remained a part of the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben’s tradition. It has symbolized and supported the Omaha community for 114 years. The king is chosen in recognition of his current and past community endeavors. The queen has displayed great academic achievement, a heart for community betterment and a spirit of volunteerism. Today, the coronation ball provides over 50 scholarships to students in financial need through a partnership with the Horatio Alger Association.
Crowning Achievements tells the history of this sparkling event, of the people who have participated and of its ever-changing role in our community. The exhibit will showcase the Ak-Sar-Ben collection housed at The Durham Museum, including over twenty dresses worn by Ak-Sar-Ben queens, princesses and countesses. In addition, pieces from the 2010 Ak-Sar-Ben coronation will be on display such as the King’s costume and the crown and scepter of the kingdom of Quivira.