By Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – The 2012 offering in the University of Mississippi Museum’s series of collectible keepsakes is a full-color, three-dimensional depiction of the Walk of Champions.
The pillared entrance portrayed with its arch declaring “WALK OF CHAMPIONS” is the launching spot for Ole Miss football players’ traditional pregame march through the Grove, where the Rebels greet thousands of enthusiastic fans on the team’s way to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
The University of Mississippi Museum has commissioned a new ornament every year since 2001, when it offered the Skipwith House, which preceded the museum on the corner of University Avenue and 5th Street.
“Every fall the museum staff comes together and chooses an image for that year’s keepsake,” said Alyssa Yuen, coordinator of membership, events and communication for the museum. Photos of the choice go to the Rhode Island firm of ChemArt, whose artists also have created ornaments for the White House.
“They’re a very talented group of people, and we’ve been very pleased with their work every year,” Yuen said.
Ornaments in the University Museum series have included such campus landmarks as Barnard Observatory, Brandt Memory House, the Lyceum, Rowan Oak and Ventress Hall, along with such Oxford notables as the Lafayette County Courthouse, Oxford City Hall and Hamblett House.
The 2012 Walk of Champions ornament is available from the University Museum at $25 each, plus tax. Previous years’ keepsakes are $20 each, plus tax, or the collection of all 12 can be purchased for $220, plus tax. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Orders may also be made by phone at (662) 915-7073.