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Obscura Society LA: A Trip To The Holy Land

Join Obscura Society LA as we follow the path of a real-life Indiana Jones and pay a visit to his humble former Glendale abode

Hollywood would have you believe that the great Indiana Jones was a fictional character; his adventures to the Middle East and the great quest to find the Ark of the Covenant were just plot lines in a highly entertaining film trilogy (let's all forget the fourth Indiana Jones, please).

But this is not true. Indiana Jones was real and his great collection of artifacts are located right here in Los Angeles.

The Australian-born Antonia F. Futterer went looking for adventure early in his life. In his early 20s, he sought riches and ventured into the Australian outback during the 1890s gold rush. While in the outback, he came down with a severe case of appendicitis. Near death, he made a deal with the man upstairs - God. He promised, if he survived, that he would commit himself to teaching the Bible to whomever he crossed. Futterer recovered and he upheld his word.

He made his way to Oakland, California where he developed the Eye-Ographic Bible; essentially a Cliff Notes way of teaching the New Testament. His teaching method became a hit and he moved south to Los Angeles. Settling in the Glendale area,  where he began to research the existence of the Ark of the Covenant, thought to hold tablets containing the Ten Commandments. Long-rumored to have been destroyed in 587 BC, Futtere concluded they were not destroyed and, in fact, hidden under Mt. Nebo in present-day Jordan.

In 1924, he went in search of the Ark of the Covenant, transversing the Middle East in search of this holy artifact. Despite several trips, he was never able to find the Ark, but he did amass a huge collection of Holy Land artifacts, including 5,000 year old oil lamps, a 2,700 year old sarcophagus, and many Middle Eastern jewelry pieces/tapestries.

Today, all of Futterer's collection is housed in the Holy Land exhibition in Glendale, California for the world to see and observe.

Join Obscura Society LA as we pay a visit to this unique museum and learn about a "real-life Indiana Jones." We will be given a guided tour of the museum of it's current inhabitants, followed by refreshments.

Notes for this adventure: 

- Street parking is available, though a bit limited. Car pool if you can.

- We will all meet outside and walk in together.

- There is a gift shop upstairs, but only accepts cash. 

- The museum is currently run by a small group of people. Please be respectful of them and their museum.

- Visit here for more information: Holyland Exhibition