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he Oklahoma Museums Association kicked off its 40th anniversary celebration in January whick will continue all year long. When OMA begin in 1972, the average income was $11,800, a gallon of gas was 55 cents and wrangler jeans were $12.00.

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The idea of an Oklahoma Museums Association actually began sixty years earlier in 1952. That year, a group of 25 dedicated museum professionals and volunteers around Oklahoma came together and informally formed an association in support of Oklahoma museums. They believed “the need for such an association of people interested in preserving objects of the cultural and historic past of Oklahoma has long been recognized by leading minds in the state.� This group had limited activity and there was a move to reorganize in 1960 and again in 1968. On May 24, 1972, twenty years after the initial first meeting of interested individuals, the Oklahoma Museums Association was officially established and incorporated with the Oklahoma Secretary of State as a nonprofit organization. The organizations who signed the articles of incorporation included: Northwestern State College Museum, continued on page 13

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Around the state Oklahoma Museums Association exists to support Oklahoma museums in their efforts to educate, inform and entertain. Programs and services of OMA are made possible in part by assistance from the Oklahoma Arts Council.

Plan to attend the OMA Conference, Creative Community: From Fundraising to Artifacts, September 26-28 in Shawnee


old the date for the Oklahoma Museums Association Annual Conference, Creative Community: From Fundraising to Artifacts, September 26-28, 2012 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. The OMA conference attracts museum professionals of all levels: executive directors, development officers, exhibit staff, educators, curators, collections managers, registrars, archivists, Image courtesy hollymolly/ museum store managers, visitor services managers, board members, volunteers and students interested in museum careers. All conference activities, except the pre-conference workshops, tour and evening events, will be held at Oklahoma Baptist University Geiger Center, 500 W University, Shawnee, Oklahoma. Pre-conference workshop topics include volunteer programs, board of directors and mount-making. Educational session topics include archival collections, museum stores, planned giving, technology, marketing, event planning, grant writing, exhibitions, educational programs and much more! A new addition this year is

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David Anderson • President Creek Council House Museum, Okmulgee Gena Timberman, Esq • Vice-President American Indian Cultural Center and Museum, OKC Dr. Bill Bryans • Treasurer Oklahoma State University , Stillwater Susan Baley • Secretary Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Norman Deborah Burke • Immediate Past President Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa Julie Baird • At-Large Rep. Leonardo’s Discovery Warehouse, Enid Regina Berna • District 4 Rep. Chickasaw Nation Museums and Historic Sites, Tishomingo

Erin Brown, • OKRA Rep. Oklahoma Territorial Museum, Guthrie Ken Busby • OKMADA Rep. Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, Tulsa Cecil Carter • At-Large Rep. Murray State College, Tishomingo Jim L. Goss • District 1 Rep. Frank Phillips Home, Bartlesville Stacey Halfmoon • OKNAMPA Rep. American Indian Cultural Center and Museum, OKC John Hernandez • At-Large Rep. Museum of the Great Plains, Lawton Jennifer Holt • District 2 Rep. Will Rogers Memorial Museums, Claremore David Keathly • District 3 Rep. Marland Estate, Ponca City Kristin Mravinec • At-Large Rep.

Comanche National Museum & Cultural Center, Lawton

Dan Provo • District 5 Rep. Oklahoma History Center, OKC

director's desk Happy birthday!


o you know who is having a 40th birthday on May 24th? One guess – a vibrant organization that loves Oklahoma museums and is committed to assisting them with their efforts to educate, inform and entertain! If you guessed the Oklahoma Museums Association, then you are correct!

Brenda Granger Executive Director

So what circumstances possibly led to the Oklahoma Museums Association’s founding 40 years ago? The late 1960s and early 1970s were a time when the climate was conducive to establishing arts programs. Beginning in 1961, President and Mrs. Kennedy were among the first to nationally recognize the significance of the arts on a national level, including the need for government and businesses support. A few years later in 1965, President Johnson signed the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act establishing the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities which was to provide access to arts and culture to all Americans. At that time, states that created a state arts agency would have their dollars matched with federal funds, and hence the Oklahoma Arts Council was created with legislation and the signature of Governor Henry Bellmon. Over the next several years as part of the arts organization movement, many other cultural groups including non-profit organizations were founded including the Oklahoma Museums Association in 1972. Four years later in 1976, the Oklahoma Arts Council granted OMA funds to hire its first coordinator. It is still thanks to the many generous members and donors, including the Oklahoma Arts Council, that the Oklahoma Museums Association is able to provide vital programs and services to museums across the state. Over the last 40 years the Oklahoma Museums Association has been honored to lead the way for Oklahoma museums and we are looking forward to the next 40 and beyond!!


Delaynna Trim • At-Large Rep. Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, Shawnee Heidi Vaughn • At-Large Rep. Laboratory of History Museum, Edmond Phyllis Wahahrockah-Tasi • MPMA Rep. Comanche National Museum & Cultural Center, Lawton

Karen Whitecotton • At-Large Rep. Oklahoma History Center, OKC

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Articles may be submitted to the Editor for consideration in upcoming issues of MuseNEWS. Advertising information can be found on the OMA Web site. Availablity of advertising space is determined by the Editor. Editor: Brenda Granger, Executive Director,; Assistant Editor: Stacy O’Daniel, Administrative & Program Associate, Oklahoma Museums Association 2100 NE 52 Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73111 405.424.7757 • fax 405.427.5068 OMA is a member of American Association of Museums, American Association for State and Local History, Arts Council of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, Oklahoma Travel Industry Association, and Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce.


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Should the board hold executive sessions? by Jan Masaoka

N The Oklahoma Museums Association encourages museums and historical societies to use information in this column for board training. Museum board members also are invited to take part in training seminars and other programs offered by OMA. For membership and program information go to www.

Next issue: The governance support model for nonprofit boards

This article is reprinted with permission from Blue Avocado, a practical and readable online magazine for nonprofits. Subscribe free by contacting the Blue Avocado editor or visiting www.

onprofit boards are often criticized for a lack of vigor, being subservient to their executive directors, and for weak evaluation of their chief executive. The need for frank and informal discussion about staff performance, and the importance of the board developing a sense of itself, are just two reasons why many boards hold executive sessions. An executive session is a meeting (or part of a meeting) of the board without staff present. In some cases an attorney or other advisor may be present, but not staff. Executive directors are often sensitive to the idea of executive sessions because they think that important matters necessitate input from them (and they just don’t like the idea--period!). Because one of the board’s chief responsibilities is to assess the performance of the agency and its executive director, boards often need to discuss sensitive issues without staff present. Some instances needing candor and confidentiality: •

Annual meeting with the auditor

Evaluation of the executive director, and establishing the executive director’s salary

Conflicts between two board members, or serious criticism of a board member by another

Investigation into concerns about the executive director, or a report from a management consultant

Review of salary schedule, compensation policy, etc.

Some organizations establish a type of “semi-executive session” during which the executive director is present, but no other staff. Such sessions may include discussions concerning: •

Lawsuits, complaints, or grievances from staff or former staff;

Individual staff situations

Evaluation of the executive director with the executive director.

members, such as those listed above. For example, one board member might want to raise a concern about the Development Director to see whether others share the concern or whether his negative experience was the exception. Another board member might want to discuss an issue involving herself and another board member without getting staff involved. A frank discussion of the executive director’s strengths and weaknesses usually results in both sides being more clear about each other’s expectations. Executive sessions as regular practice An executive session is also an important way in which a board develops a sense of itself as a body, rather than the more common feeling of being a group of individuals who listen to and advise the executive director. This “sense of self” is an intangible yet critical underpinning for board leadership. But calling for an executive session without warning in the middle of a meeting can send any executive into paranoid shock. An effective way to avoid the feeling that “executive session means bad news for staff” is for board chairs to routinely put executive sessions on every agenda or on four agendas per year. That way, the board can meet privately without having to raise tension simply by doing so. In any case, the board should not feel uncomfortable asking staff to be excused for part of any meeting, and the executive director may even volunteer: “Would you prefer to excuse staff for this next agenda item?” The minutes of the meeting should indicate that the board met in executive session, and report on the topic of the discussion, although the specifics (such as the amount of a lawsuit settlement) may be confidential and appear only in a set of confidential-tothe-board minutes or other notes. Special thanks to Michael Schley, pro bono attorney and Editorial Committee member of the Board Cafe, assistance on this article.

Even if the chief executive is also a board member, the board can meet without staff present. Despite a certain awkwardness that occurs when staff are asked to leave the room, and despite the frequent need to overcome resistance on the part of the executive director, there are some discussions that are appropriately held just among board


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Apples and oranges? by Robbin D. Davis, CVA


re apples and oranges the same thing? They are both fruit. They both are nutritious and delicious. They both provide us with vitamins and minerals that are good for our bodies. But are they the same thing? Are volunteers and interns the same thing? They both provide service time to our organizations. They both bring experience and knowledge to their positions. They both are interested in learning as well as giving to the organization. In that apples and oranges are both of the fruit “family,” volunteers and interns are of the service family. Both have goals that they want to get out of their time spent with our organizations. As we’ve discussed before, volunteers come to our organizations for all sorts of reasons; to learn something new, keep sharp on their skills, give back to the community, socialize or just to get out of the house. Interns are looking for a variety of things as well; they may be investigating a possible career path, enhancing their skills in a particular area of study or learning skills that will land them a job in the future. Interns are sometimes financially compensated for their time. Volunteers typically are not. Are interns and volunteers the same? No, they are not. They have different goals and objectives. Interns are

usually at our organizations for a finite amount of time; it could be a week, a semester or a year. But they will most definitely be moving on when they’ve completed their time. Volunteers are recruited and cultivated so that they will be longterm assets for our organizations. Interns can provide new energy, an insight to the latest research and developments in the field of study and fresh eyes to old problems. Volunteers provide years of experience and highly developed skill sets. Both can definitely learn from the other. By making room in your museum for both interns and volunteers, you build a significant base of talent for the organization. If you take the time to recognize that these two groups of individuals have different needs when it comes to recruitment, job assignments and recognition, you will have a fine basket of fruit from which to choose. For more information about developing an internship program for your organization visit any of the following: devinternship.cfm interndev.shtml

Advertising in OMA conference program


ew this year, the Oklahoma Museums Association will provide a printed program with full session descriptions and advertising at the conference for participants. Do you have an upcoming exhibit, festival or event that you would like to promote? Advertising in the conference program is a great way to reach the 150-200 museum professionals that normally attend! The OMA Conference will be held September 26-28, 2012 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. The deadline to reserve advertising space and submit advertising materials is July 1, 2012. Artwork should be a minimum of 300dpi. Advertising rates are below and availability is on a first-come first-served basis. Contact Stacy O’Daniel at 405.424.7757 or with questions or to check availability. One full back page (7.5” x 10”) color OMA Member Rate $540 Standard Rate $600

Two half interior page (7.5” x 4.5”) b/w OMA Member Rate $270 Standard Rate $300

Two half back page (7.5” x 4.5”) color OMA Member Rate $360 Standard Rate $400

Two Quarter interior page (3” x 4.5”) b/w OMA Member Rate $162 Standard Rate $180

Robbin Davis is Director of Visitor Services for the Oklahoma History Center and serves Robbin Davis as the American Association for Museum Volunteers Mountain Plains Regional Director. Questions regarding museum volunteer programs or volunteerism in general, can be sent to and Robbin will do her best to answer them.


or more than two decades, Points of Light Institute has equipped nonprofit organizations to celebrate National Volunteer Week, providing visibility, thematic focus and resources to enable them to commemorate this signature week of volunteer recognition. For a free downloadable resource guide on ways to celebrate National Volunteer Week, visit nvw_resourceguide_2012.pdf. One of the great resources from the HandsOn Network, the volunteerfocused arm of Points of Light Institute, is the Economic Impact of Volunteers Calculator available at tools/volunteercalculator. While the current Independent Sector rate of volunteering is $20.85 per hour (2010), the HandsOn Network calculator estimates the appropriate wage rate for volunteer time by what the person does, according to market conditions as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor.

OMA is accepting applications for a summer intern. For information, visit 4

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The value of media relations by Tony Vann, President Vann & Associates


hen was the last time you heard, “Great article about your museum on the front page of the newspaper.” Or maybe, “Just saw you on the morning show, great job!” Has it been a while? Never you say? News is just like everything else, for the most part; it is produced, not discovered. There is no better way to make an impact with a potential visitor or stakeholder than being highlighted by the media. Dollar for dollar, the highest value of credibility, the greatest reach and the lowest cost for entry is still media relations. What makes media relations so valuable? Viewers associate newspaper and television outlets as non-partial, credible, third-party presenters. This translates into almost immediate recognition when a product or service is showcased during a particular news story. Building awareness through advertising is important; however, savvy consumers understand that advertising is product-based. Those same consumers view an article about the same product presented by a news organization as consumer-based.

money. Building and maintaining relationships with local, state and national media outlets is time consuming. However, once credibility is established between the journalist and presenter, that bond holds fast. Ensure a successful media Tony Vann relations strategy by incorporating it into your overall communications plan. Although more time intensive, searching for media opportunities will ultimately pay off for you and your attraction in the long-run. Tony Vann is the President of Vann & Associates, a fullservice public relations and marketing firm based in Oklahoma City. Vann has served in high-profile capacities including the Oklahoma House of Representatives, the Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation, the Office of Lt. Governor Mary Fallin and Frontier Country Marketing Association.

So how do you get your product in the newspaper or television? Like many other things in life, it is time versus

American Association of Museums launches TrendsWatch report to keep museums ahead of the curve


he Center for the Future of Museums (CFM), an initiative of the American Association of Museums (AAM), released the inaugural edition of TrendsWatch, a concise, practical analysis of critical trends together with recommendations on how America’s museums can harness these social, economic, technological and educational drivers of change. TrendsWatch 2012: Museums and the Pulse of the Future ─the first installment of this new annual report—is available at publications/upload/TrendsWatch2012.pdf. CFM’s charge is to scan the horizon, enabling museums to foresee the forces that will challenge society in coming decades. This forecasting strengthens museums’ ability to help their communities, fostering a relationship that has made museums among the most respected institutions in America. For each of seven trends, the report provides a summary and examples of how the trend is playing out in the world, comments on the trend’s significance to society and to museums, gives dozens of links to relevant news and research, and suggests ways that museums might respond. The trends highlighted for 2012 are: • Crowdsourcing • Threats to nonprofit status • Mobile, distributive experiences • New forms of funding • Creative aging • Augmented reality • Shifts in education

Based on scanning and analysis over the past year, CFM’s staff and advisors have identified these emerging developments as highly significant to museums and their communities. “TrendsWatch is exactly the kind of report museums have been calling for,” said AAM president Ford W. Bell. “The report is pointed, written in direct, readable prose, and offers practical suggestions and sources so that museums can address these issues in their communities. Museums often do not have either the financial nor human resources to do such research on their own. AAM created the Center for the Future of Museums to do some of that legwork for them, and this report is an excellent example.” TrendsWatch is also a response to the information overload that museum leaders—and virtually all Americans— experience these days. It is an accessible distillation of seven of the top trends museums must monitor, evaluate and, perhaps, adapt to in ways that work best for their own communities. Many of the news stories and blog posts cited in TrendsWatch were first highlighted in CFM’s popular weekly e-newsletter, Dispatches from the Future of Museums, a compilation of notable stories, opinion and research on breaking issues and trends. To subscribe to Dispatches from the Future, visit http://futureofmuseums. org/reading/dispatches.cfm. TrendsWatch 2012 was made possible by the support of lead sponsors The Museum Group and Sodexo, with additional support from Argentine Productions, Mary Case of Qm2, and White Oak Associates.


Proposed changes to the Institute of Museum and Library Services grant program for museums


he Institute of Museum and Library Services is recommending several changes to its grant programs for the FY 2013 budget cycle. These changes are based on the agency’s new strategic plan as well as analysis of past funding patterns.  They believe these changes will result in less complexity in navigating multiple grant programs while maintaining their capacity to support similar types of projects. IMLS anticipates continuing to support the full range of museum types and sizes and full range of organizations they have supported in the past.   In addition, they will be streamlining the process with one grant application deadline for all IMLS museum programs (January 15, 2013). Applicants will be able to submit multiple grant applications for each IMLS program. Draft grant application guidelines will be available in early May 2012 for public review and comment. The following excerpts were taken from the IMLS website at OMS_FAQ.pdf. OMA encourages members to download and read the entire document. Excerpts taken from FAQ IMLS Museum Services Grants FY 2013 Context IMLS has adopted a new strategic plan for 2012-2016, “Creating a Nation of Learners,” which specifies three programmatic goals. In FY 13, all IMLS grant programs will support the following goals: 1. IMLS places the learner at the center and supports engaging experiences in libraries and museums that prepare people to be full participants in their local communities and our global society. 2. IMLS promotes museums and libraries as strong community anchors that enhance civic engagement, cultural opportunities, and economic vitality.

3. IMLS supports exemplary stewardship of museum and library collections and promotes the use of technology to facilitate discovery of knowledge and cultural heritage. The reauthorization of the Museum and Library Services Act was the foundation for the new strategic plan. The plan was created taking into account perspectives of a wide range of stakeholders including input from 1,400 people who participated in an online town hall. The new strategic plan combined with an analysis of past funding patterns for IMLS museum grant programs has resulted in a budget request for FY 2013 that proposes several changes. Combine Purposes and Funding for Museums for America and Conservation Project Support IMLS is combining the funding and purposes of Conservation Project Support (CPS) and Museums for America (MFA). In light of the findings of the recently published evaluation of MFA, the expanded program will continue to fund the types of projects that MFA has funded in the past as well as the types of projects that CPS has funded. This will allow for a more comprehensive approach to project design for many proposals. Applicants will be asked to align their project proposals with one or more of the agency’s programmatic goals. Combine Purposes and Funding for 21st Century Museum Professionals and National Leadership Grants IMLS is combining the funding and purposes of 21st Century Museum Professionals (21 MP) and National Leadership Grants (NLG). The new NLG will continue to fund projects that are similar to the projects that NLG and 21 MP funded in the past. Applicants will be asked to align their project proposals with one or more of the agency’s programmatic goals.

April 30 is Arts Day at the Oklahoma Capitol 2012


klahomans for the Arts announced the first Arts Day at the Oklahoma Capitol will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 30. This is an opportunity for art supporters from across the state to join together in the capitol and deliver a unified message to our Oklahoma legislators: public funding for the arts is vital to the creative economy and cultural well-being of Oklahoma communities. Arts Advocacy Day participants are encouraged to host booths highlighting information about their organizations. Creativity is encouraged! Bring your ballerinas, banjos and boleros if you want!

They want you to communicate YOUR message about YOUR arts organization to YOUR elected officials. A limited number of booths are available, and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants are also encouraged to visit the offices of their elected representatives and senators throughout the day. You do not need to sponsor a booth to show up and walk the marble halls and talk to your legislators. If you cannot visit them in person, arts organizations are encouraged to call or email their legislators.

Join Oklahomans for the Arts and help increase support for arts, culture and arts education in Oklahoma. For more information or to register to participate in Arts Day at the Capitol 2012, visit www.oklahomansforthearts. org/2012/02/sign-up-for-arts-dayat-oklahoma.html.


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roundtable discussions where colleagues can network about a given topic.

Indians & Pioneers Museum, Sam Noble Museum and Tulsa Foundation for Architecture

An informational brochure with registration information will be mailed to OMA members this spring, and posted on the OMA website at www.

Conference Sponsorship Information Open Until Filled Download sponsorship form at www. images/documents/Sponsorship_ Form.pdf or pay sponsorships online at https://okmuseums.ejoinme. org/MyPages/SponsorshipPage/ tabid/70255/Default.aspx.

Hosted by Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee Convention and Visitors Bureau, Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center, Santa Fe Depot Museum Presented by

Sponsors to date Oklahoma Arts Council, Kirkpatrick Family Fund, Oklahoma City Zoological Park & Botanical Garden, Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, Creek Council House Museum, Daystar Foundation & Library, Elliott + Associates Architects, Frankfurt-Short-Bruza Associates, P.C., Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum, Marina Metevelis, Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, Oklahoma Historical Society Museums & Sites Division, Oklahoma History Center, Plains

Exhibitors to date Elliott + Associates Architects Exhibit Concepts, Inc. Frankfurt-Short-Bruza Associates, P.C. Museum Arts Selser Schaefer Architects University of Oklahoma Press University of Tulsa, Museum Science and Management Program Vann & Associates Western Center for the Conservation of Fine Arts Conference Exhibitor Information First Come, First Served Download the exhibitor information at uploads/images/documents/2012_ Conference/Exhibitor_Information.pdf. Awards Nomination and Information Available at programs-services/awards-program/. The deadline to submit an awards nomination is June 14, 2012 at 5:00pm

Scholarship Information A limited number of scholarships are available. Scholarship application is due August 1. More information at Conference Hotel Information Reservation Deadline September 12 Transportation between the hotel and Oklahoma Baptist University is on your own. Comfort Inn & Suites Shawnee 5400 Enterprise Court, Shawnee, OK 74804 For reservations, please call 405.273.8667 by September 12, 2012. When calling, specify the Oklahoma Museums Association Conference to receive the group discount rate. Discount rate is available through September 12, 2012. Room rate is $79 + tax/night, 1-2 people, continental breakfast and free wifi included. This is a nonsmoking hotel. LaQuinta Inn & Suites Shawnee 5401 Enterprise Court, Shawnee, OK 74804 For reservations, please call 405.275.7930. When calling, specify the Oklahoma Museums Association Conference to receive the group discount rate. Discount rate is available through September 12, 2012. Room rate is $79 + tax/night, 1-2 people, continental breakfast and free wifi included. Smoking rooms are available upon request.

Entries sought for OMA Awards Program


ntries for the Oklahoma Museums Association Awards Program are now being accepted. OMA awards honor recognize individuals and groups whose contributions have impacted Oklahoma museum and the museum profession. Also, the awards recognize museums, large and small, for projects that meet their mission and engage their communities. Museum projects must have been completed or in use between January 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012. There are two categories for recognizing an individual/ group. The Laura McDonagh Streich Award for Service to the Profession honors an OMA individual member who has distinguished him/herself in the field and has helped to significantly advance museum professionalism in the state through participation in professional organizations, especially OMA. The Certificate of Recognition recognizes local historians, board members, volunteers, docent groups, funders and others whose time and/or money support museums in Oklahoma. There are seven project categories in which OMA institutional members may nominate their own projects

and include Conservation/Preservation, Interpretive Exhibit, Newsletter, Outreach/Education, Promotional Piece, Publication and Website/Technology. The awards form has been revised this year to feature check lists of submission materials needed, clarification on specific project category submission materials, inclusion of joint projects between museums, and the expansion of the website category to include technology (e.g., video games, blogs, etc.). The entry form is available for download from the OMA website, All entries must be delivered to the OMA office by 5:00pm CDT on June 14, 2012. OMA is not responsible for entries arriving after the deadline. Awards will be presented at the annual OMA awards luncheon on Friday, September 28, 2012 in Shawnee. The awards program is sponsored by the Sam Noble Museum and the awards luncheon is sponsored by the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum, Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum and the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa.


museline The Ripple Effect: Maximizing the Power of Relationships for your Life and Business presented on May 8, Oklahoma City Join OMA, Oklahoma Travel Industry Association and other tourism colleagues for a workshop by Steve Harper, AKA Mr. Ripple. Steve is bringing an uplifting inspirational message designed to awaken audiences of “A” types to recognize and apply the concepts of The Ripple Effect to positively impact their personal and professional life. The audience will be left energized and motivated by several unique and timely strategies for maximizing relationships. All of these can be put into immediate action. Steve brings the power of creating connection points home with humorous stories of “life in the trenches” and how one can turn ordinary connections into lifetime clients, friendships and more. A fun, interactive event that creates and strengthens connections. Participants will be amazed with the valuable and rewarding connections they will make. In life it is about building trusting relationships in business and life; this event can literally put you on the fast track to doing that and then some! OMA members can register at the member rate. Read more or register at www. Risk Evaluation and Planning for Tribal Cultural Institutions May 10-11, Albuquerque, New Mexico It is never too early to learn what risks your institution faces and meet the people who will come to your aid in an emergency. Even in times of economic stress, cultural institutions with limited resources can improve the protection of people, buildings, and collections. By identifying the hazards that can threaten your collections, you are taking the first step in emergency planning. Read more at www.heritagepreservation. org/REPP/2012TACG.html International Conference of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums planned for June 4-7, Tulsa The Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums is hosting the International Conference of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums at the Hard Rock Casino and Resort, Tulsa, Oklahoma. ATALM maintains a network of support for indigenous

Grant deadlines, training and other news programs, provides culturally relevant programming and services, encourages collaboration among tribal and non-tribal cultural institutions, and articulates contemporary issues related to developing and sustaining the cultural sovereignty of Native Nations. Read more or register at

at the American Association of Museums Annual Meeting & Expo, Minneapolis Convention Center, Minnesota (OMA and Museum of the Red River Reception on April 30)

Oklahoma’s 24th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference June 6-8, Tahlequah Go With the Flow of Preservation will be held in Tahlequah, the capital city of the Cherokee Nation. Learn about places related to Oklahoma’s earliest history and about the right course of preservation. Read more or register at conference.htm

May 13 • Oklahoma Museums Day at the Ball Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Tucson Padres, OKC

Creating successful public programs on a budget is no easy task! The American Association for State and Local History Pathways is a guide for creating successful public program on a budget—written specifically for those interested in creating successful public programs from the beginning to the end, including how to market your program, and get others involved. AASLH is offering Pathways for $45 for members and $52 for non-members, while supplies last. Read more at Job announcements and resume review Visit the OMA website to view job announcements for positions in Oklahoma museums. It is free to post a position on the website. Read more at

May 1 • MayDay Disaster Preparedness, statewide May 8 • National Tourism Week Program, statewide

May 13-19 • Oklahoma Museums Week, statewide May 24 • Oklahoma Museums Association celebrates 40th anniversary on this day! June 4-7 • Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums International Conference, Hard Rock Hotel, Tulsa June 14 • OMA Award Nominations Due June 29 • OMA Smarties Trivia Contest, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, OKC Ongoing professional development Sarkeys Foundation training Campbell Center courses Center for Nonprofits seminars in Oklahoma City and Tulsa Northern States Conservation Center online museum classes

Attention job seekers - resume review available! OMA members may submit resumes to the staff at the Oklahoma Museums Association for an informal evaluation. For more information, or to submit a resume, contact OMA calendar of events April 14 • Wine and Palette OMA Fundraiser at Put A Cork In It Winery, Bricktown, OKC April 15-21 • National Volunteer Week, Celebrate Museum Volunteers, statewide April 29-May 2 • Oklahoma Museum Professionals meet


Call for nominations to the 2013-2014 OMA Board of Directors


MA President, David Anderson, has issued a call for nominations for the 2013-2014 Board of Directors. OMA members are invited to submit names to the Nominating Committee for consideration. This year, the Committee will present a slate of candidates for the following positions: • President • Vice-President • Secretary • Treasurer • District 2 Representative • District 4 Representative • At-Large Representative (three positions) Note that OMA districts follow Oklahoma congressional district lines. Deborah Burke, OMA Immediate Past President, is the Nominating Committee Chair. Contact Deborah, or any committee member listed below or the OMA office by June 1, 2012, if you have suggestions for nominees, you are interested in serving, or would like more information.


ow in its 8th year, Museum Day Live! Is a nationwide event where participating museums and cultural institutions across the country offer free admission on September 29, 2012 to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket. Participation in the event provides your museum with a tremendous amount of exposure through advertising and publicity. Register your museum or cultural venue today to participate in this event. For details and registration, visit museumday/registration/2012/ index.html.

2012 Nominating Committee and Contact Information Deborah Burke, Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Karen Whitecotton, Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma City, Julie Baird, Leonardo’s Discovery Warehouse, Enid, Ken Fullbright, Santa Fe Depot Museum, Shawnee, Some positions open for election may have incumbents who will be invited to serve a second term. According to the bylaws, all persons nominated to a board position shall have been members of the Association for at least one year. For a copy of OMA’s board member responsibilities, please download the information at www.okmuseums. org/sites/oma/uploads/images/documents/OMA%20Board%20Job%20 Desc%20+%20expectations.pdf. You also may contact the OMA office by e-mail at or phone at 405.424.7757 to request a copy.


Smarties trivia night June 29 – a fun fundraiser for OMA programs


his marks the third year for Smarties trivia night, a fantastic event for Oklahoma’s brilliant museum professionals and fundraiser benefiting OMA programs and services. The Smarties trivia night will be held on Friday, June 29 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Museums are encouraged to organize a team of staff, volunteers, members and/or board members and individual are welcome to organize a team of family and friends. At the event, teams will face off in exciting rounds of gameshow-style trivia, including interesting facts from Oklahoma museums. Winners go home with official Smarties medals and exclusive bragging rights. Last year’s winners were the Trivia Tricksters (Rebecca Briggs and Friends) in 3rd place – Smart; Cerebros de los Muertos (Staff and Friends of the Oklahoma History Center) in 2nd place – Smarter; and Mindbenders (Deborah Burke and Friends) in 1st place – Smartest.

New this year, participants can karaoke prior to the start of the trivia game. Doors open at 6:00pm and trivia begins at 7:00pm. Get there early to sing your favorite tune and enjoy the music! Tickets for Smarties are $25 per person and include a game night buffet. To join the fun and purchase individual tickets or a team table of eight, visit Event registration closes on June 15. This event also serves as a fundraiser for OMA with a wine pull and silent auction. Donations for the silent auction are currently being accepted to help support OMA programs and services. Smarties trivia night event sponsorships are available and levels range from $100 to $2,500. Sponsorships are due May 1. Sponsors receive a variety of recognition and are much appreciated. The Oklahoma Museums Association is very grateful for the generous

support of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in hosting this event. To become a sponsor of Smarties, please contact Brencda Granger at 405.424.7757 or or signup online at https:// smARTiesSponsorshipPage/ tabid/221534/Default.aspx. Sample questions (and answers) from last year’s event: 1) What did Dr. John Pemberton, a pharmacist from Atlanta, Georgia, invent in May 1886? 2) What do you score if you hit a birdie on a par-4 golf hole? 3) Which time-keeping device has the most moving parts?  4) Who was the only US president to be awarded a patent? 5) The musical “Oklahoma!” was based on which novel by a Claremore native?  Answers: 1) Coca Cola; 2) Three; 3) A sand glass/hour glass; 4) Abraham Lincoln; 5) Green Grow the Lilacs


Join OMA at the RedHawks baseball game on May 13 to kickoff Oklahoma Museums Week


o kickoff Oklahoma Museums Week and to celebrate 40 years of OMA, May 13 has been declared Oklahoma Museums Day at the BallPark. All OMA members, families and friends are encouraged to attend as well as members and volunteers of all Oklahoma museums. Watch as the Oklahoma City Redhawks take on the Tucson Padres at 2:05pm. Tickets are $10 each and includes field seating in the OMA section, limited edition RedHawks Baseball Cap, Playball! Game Program, Entry into daily group raffle and a FUN afternoon for museum friends.

Download a ticket order form at www. oma/uploads/images/ documents/redhawks. pdf or pay online at https://okmuseums. RegistrationPage/tabid/70253/Default.aspx. The deadline to order tickets is April 20.

Celebrate Oklahoma Museums Week 13-19, 2012


he Oklahoma Museums Association and Oklahoma Arts Council are joining with Oklahoma museums, historical societies, historic sites, zoos and botanical gardens, historic houses, living history museums, tribal cultural centers and other cultural organizations and museum-related institutions statewide to celebrate Oklahoma Museums Week, May 13-19. Oklahoma Museums Week is dedicated to celebrating the rich variety of museums in Oklahoma, their contributions to the economy, civic and cultural life and the unique, personal experiences museums offer visitors each and every day. Governor Mary Fallin has been asked to proclaim Oklahoma Museums Week as a time for communities to recognize Oklahoma museums and the contributions they make to preserve Oklahoma’s rich culture. Oklahoma legislators as well as OMA members will receive a museums advocacy piece in early May. A special thanks to Governor Fallin for issuing the following proclamation: Oklahoma Museums Week Proclamation Whereas, Oklahoma is home to 500 museums and cultural organizations that are located in every region of the state that serve as educational institutions, preservation agencies, agencies of scientific research, and cultural centers; and Whereas, Oklahoma museums represent a multitude of disciplines and learning experiences, including art museums, historical societies, historic sites, zoos, aquariums, science centers, botanical gardens, historic houses, natural history, children’s museums, living history museums, tribal cultural centers and museums; and Whereas, Oklahoma museums encourage curiosity and provide a source of enjoyment and education for every generation and every community across the state and enhance those provided by the public sector; and Whereas, Oklahoma museums nourish minds and spirits by fostering contemplation, exploration, critical thinking, and dialogue to advance knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of history, science, the arts and the natural world; and

Whereas, Oklahoma museums forge relationships with community partners, such as schools, libraries, neighborhood and social service organizations, to foster civic understanding; and Whereas, Oklahoma museums are vital to the preservation, interpretation, and presentation of Oklahoma’s heritage; Whereas, Oklahoma museums contribute significantly to the livability and economic viability of the state and its communities, create jobs, and attract tourists, local visitors and businesses; and Whereas, the Oklahoma Museums Association has served to bring important recognition of this commemorative week and invites all museums, Oklahoma residents, and local governments to use this milestone to recognize and celebrate the contributions of Oklahoma museums as they serve communities, the nation, and the world; and Now, therefore hereby proclaim May 13-19, 2012 as Oklahoma Museums Week. And urge Oklahoma residents to participate in and celebrate the contributions that museums make to the great State of Oklahoma.

New resource for small museums


mall Museum Toolkit is a collection of six books that serves as a launching point for small museum staff to pursue best practices and meet museum standards. These brief volumes address governance, financial management, human resources, audience relations, interpretation, and stewardship for small museums and historic sites. The Small Museum Toolkit, written by thirty-four experienced museum professionals—including OMA Executive Director Brenda Granger, helps define the questions you should be asking, gives you tools to achieve your goals, and guides you where to go for help. The set of books is available from AltaMira Press at


member recognition

New and renewed memberships

Below is a list of new and renewing members who paid dues December 1, 2011 – February 29, 2012. Masterpiece and Gem level individual members appear in each newsletter issue. New members are indicated with an asterisk. Individuals Masterpiece Ken Busby, Tulsa John Hernandez, Lawton Gem Regina Green, Tuskahoma Peter Tirrell, Norman

Classic Susan Feller, OKC Delaynna Trim, Shawnee Treasure Michael Bell, OKC David Cunningham, Meeteetse WY Steven Mark Davies, Dallas TX* Adrienne Grimmett, Pauls Valley Justin Lenhart, OKC Mary Ellen Meredith, OKC Scott Sanders, OKC Carey Tilley, Tahlequah Member Thomaira Babbit, OKC Nancy Brian, Broken Arrow* Bryon Chambers, OKC Carrie Dowdy, OKC Carmen Eppler, Noble Keith Griesel, Yukon* Tammy Hawbaker, Woodward* Kristin Haworth, Edmond* Peggy Haxton, Perry Alyeene Henlsey, Mooreland Roxie Hites, Norman Jennifer Holt, Claremore Chris Kallenberger, Tulsa Daniel Lay, Shawnee

Linda Maisch, OKC Lauren McDonald, Tulsa* Donna Merkt, Norman Chris Morgan, Tulsa Kristin Mravinec, Lawton Eric Oesch, OKC Jane Osborn, Miami Lindsay Palaima, Norman* Shirley Pettengill, Tahlequah Bob Pickering, Tulsa Tim Poteete, Sterling Harold Powell, Temple Sandy Price, OKC Becky Rickard, OKC* Amber Sharples, OKC Christina Smith, Ardmore Kathleen Triebel, Bartlesville* Heidi Vaughn, Edmond Phyllis Wahahrockah-Tasi, Lawton Gene Wells, Bethany Student Stephanie Allen, Tulsa* Kelly Beck, Yukon* Sarah Biller, OKC Sherri Duncan, OKC* Miranda Hornsby, Noble* Chelsea Mitchell, Edmond* Heather Scheele, Edmond* Joshua Stone, Edmond* Deborah Swafford, Vian Diane White, Fort Smith AR Institutions Ataloa Lodge Museum* Carl Hubbell Museum Catoosa Historical Society & Museum City of Ada Park Department

Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center Fort Supply Historic Site Frank Phillips Home Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art Frontier Country Historical Museum Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum Kiowa County Historical Museum Lachenmeyer Arts Center Lincoln County Historical Society Museum McClain County Historical Society & Museum Metcalfe Museum Museum of the Great Plains National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum National Route 66 Museum Oklahoma Forest Heritage Center Museum Old Greer County Museum Pawnee County Historical Museum Ponca City Art Association* Santa Fe Depot Museum Standing Bear Museum & Education Center T.B. Ferguson Home* Talbot Library and Museum Tannehill Museum Tillman County Historical Society University of Central Oklahoma Laboratory of History Museum Washington Irving Trail Museum Woodring Wall of Honor Corporate Bronze Collections Research for Museums


he American Association of Museums has joined with the National Endowment for the Arts in its Blue Star Museums program for 2012. This is the third year for the program. Blue Star Museums grant free admission to military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. In 2012, they hope to surpass last year’s total of more than 1,500 participating museums, including several from Oklahoma. Museum participating last year must reregister. The Oklahoma Museums Association salutes our military personnel and their families.


Celebrating 40 years

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Oklahoma Historical Society Division of Museums, University of Oklahoma Stovall Museum of Science and History, Canadian County Historical Society, Fort Washita Site, City of Ponca City, Eastern Oklahoma Historical Society, Institute of the Great Plains, Nowata County Historical Society, Conners State College Museum and Sod House Site. According to the articles of incorporation, they formed the association with the objective of promoting the welfare of museums and their advancement as educational institutions, as agencies of scientific research and as cultural centers; to foster continued improvement of the museum profession through the development and observance of high standards of ethics, conduct, education, and scholarly attainments; to increase and diffuse knowledge through meetings, reports, papers, discussions, publications and various media of publicity and communication; and to encourage cooperation among Oklahoma museums and those interested in them. It is amazing that 40 years later, this original intent although worded a little different, it exactly what OMA continues to do today. The Oklahoma Museums Association is the primary provider of training

and technical information to staff, volunteers, board members and interested individuals of Oklahoma’s 500 museums, historic sites, tribal cultural centers and historical societies. Four decades later, OMA is proud to continue with its mission of supporting Oklahoma museums in their efforts to educate, inform and entertain. Today we have 521 members, serve 224 communities in 77 counties. The OMA staff and board work statewide with museums and cultural organizations, and OMA is regarded as one of the most active museum associations in the country. So now as OMA celebrates our 40th year of service to Oklahoma museums, OMA is taking this opportunity to promote and elevate the Oklahoma Museums Association, its membership and all Oklahoma museums. One such opportunity is a statewide contest showcasing Oklahoma’s museums and cultural organizations. OMA is conducting a hidden ticket giveaway each month of 2012 with a new secret location hiding four free tickets to one of Oklahoma’s 500-plus museums, historic sites, zoos and botanical gardens or historic houses. Members of the public are invited to visit the OMA website or Facebook page for clues to find the free tickets.

Each month a new location will hide the tickets and new clues will be posted until the tickets have been found. To win, participants must decode the clues, visit the participating museum’s welcome desk or admission area and mention Happy 40th Anniversary Oklahoma Museums Association to claim the prize. Prizes include a four pack of tickets to a family-friendly attraction in Oklahoma. Good Luck!!

Cultural institutions take simple steps to prepare for emergencies during MayDay 2012


ibraries, museums, archives, historical societies, and preservation organizations across the country will set aside May 1, 2012, to participate in MayDay, a national effort to prepare for disasters. Promoted by Heritage Preservation and other members of the Heritage Emergency National Task Force, MayDay encourages cultural organizations to take one simple step to protect the art, artifacts, records, books, and historic sites they hold in trust. Any organization can participate in MayDay. Heritage Preservation is collecting examples of creative but practical measures to share online. Any cultural institution submitting a brief description of 2012 MayDay plans or accomplishments by May 31, 2012, will be entered in a drawing for disaster supplies donated by Gaylord Brothers.

Heritage Preservation will also offer its award-winning Field Guide to Emergency Response and Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel at special MayDay prices from April 1 through May 31. Visit www.heritagepreserva MayDay.html to access the sale publications, project ideas, information on prizes and the MayDay logo. In the event of a disaster, the Oklahoma Museums Association encourages you to utilize the many resources available on the OMA website, disaster-response-team. Oklahoma museums should remember that each institution is different and there is no one-size fits all emergency plan or response, so institutions are encouraged to personalize their emergency plan.

Of special note is that in the event of a disaster at your Oklahoma museum, library or archive, the members of the OMA Disaster Response Team can be contacted for consultation. This important information can be accessed from your desktop or mobile device at


Recent gifts to OMA The Association recognizes these members and friends who made recent contributions to the following funds betweeen December 1, 2011 - February 29, 2012. Annual Giving Campaign Donors ($100 to $499) Susan Baley, Norman Pat Cunningham, Chickasha Brenda & Edward Granger, OKC ITIN Museum Services Van Oliver, OKC Dr. David Russell, Enid Contributors Julie Baird, Enid Fritz Baily, P.C. Adrian Drew, Chickasha Michelle Finch-Walker, Idabel Fritz Baily, P.C. Stacey Halfmoon, OKC Jennifer Holt, Claremore Jamie Hubbard, Norman Jones and Plummer Trail Museum Charlene Lingo, Miami James Meeks, OKC Scott & Stacy O’Daniel, OKC Sandra Olson, Waynoka Shirley Pettengill, Tahlequah Mary Warden, Henryetta Martin Wing, Tulsa Conference Donations/Sponsorships Supporters ($500 and over) Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum Oklahoma City Zoological Park and Botanical Garden Donors ($100 to $499) Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center Creek Council House Museum Daystar Foundation and Library Elliott + Associates Architects National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum Plains Indians & Pioneers Museum Tulsa Foundation for Architecture Endowment Donors ($100 to $499) Oklahoma City Community Foundation, recommended by Gayle Farley Contributors Jennifer Holt, Claremore Scott & Stacy O’Daniel, OKC Grants Received Allied Arts The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation The Kerr Foundation

MARC Course Donations/ Sponsorships Donors ($100 to $499) Grady County Historical Society & Museum Other Donations/Sponsorships Supporters ($500 and over) Museum of the Red River Donors ($100 to $499) Deborah Burke, Tulsa Cecil Carter, Shady Shores, TX Dan Provo, Edmond Heidi Vaughn, Edmond Will Rogers Memorial Museum Contributors Frank Phillips Home Gilcrease Museum Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum Scholarship Fund Donors ($100 to $499) Gaylord Melvin Moran, Seminole Contributors Dr. L.V. Baker, Elk City, in honor of Pat Baker Frank Phillips Home Jennifer Holt, Claremore Scott & Stacy O’Daniel, OKC Peter Tirrell, Norman Teresa Turner Seminar Donations/Sponsorships Donors ($100 to $499) Creek Council House Museum Oklahoma City Museum of Art

Master’s Degree in Museum Science and Management Enhance your credentials Convenient classes for working professionals Hands-on experience at Gilcrease Museum Contact The University of Tulsa for more information at 918-631-2336, or

OMA endowment fund contributions If you would like to make a contribution to the OMA endowment fund at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, please visit www.occf. org and select Donors: Online Giving; or you may contact the OMA office at 405.424.7757.

Leave your legacy The Oklahoma Museums Association would appreciate you remembering the organization in your will. If you are interested in leaving OMA a charitable bequest, the language in your will should contain the following: I/We give to the Oklahoma Museums Association (EIN 73-1004791), a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, the following money or asset (describe here) to benefit their charitable purpose. OMA encourages you to consult your estate planner, tax professional or attorney when preparing your charitable bequest.

OMA corporate member recognition


he Oklahoma Museums Association is proud to recognize the following OMA Corporate Gold member for the service they provide to the Oklahoma museum community. University of Tulsa Museum Science & Management Program 800 S Tucker Drive. Lorton Hall Room 201 Tulsa, OK 74104 918.631.2336 Robert Pickering, Ph.D. – The University of Tulsa offers an M.A. degree in Museum Science and Management (MSM). The program provides interdisciplinary coursework and “hands-on” experience to prepare future museum professionals in administration, fiscal management, collections care and research, and education. Gilcrease Museum staff and TU faculty provide training in the curation, exhibition, archaeology, ethnology, and archives. Internships are available.

The University of Tulsa is an EEO/AA institution.


around the state

New faces, awards and events in Oklahoma museums

OMA District Representatives and members submit news for inclusion in MuseNEWS. Contact information appears below. Submission deadlines are March 1, June 1, September 1 and December 1.

District 1

Jim L. Goss, District 1 Rep. Frank Phillips Home 918.336.2491 Betty Keim is the new Education Coordinator at Bartlesville Area History Museum. Seeking the Sacred: Religious Ritual in Native American Art is on exhibit through June 3 at Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa. For information, visit Opening summer 2012 is “Take My Wife, Please” – Jewish Comedy in America at the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, Tulsa. For information, visit Frank Phillips Home, Bartlesville is offering a Tangible History Presentation on Identifying and Caring for Antique Photos July 20. For information, visit www.

District 2

Jennifer Holt, District 2 Rep. Will Rogers Memorial Museums 918. 343.8124 Clint Sago is the new Curator at Creek Council House Museum, Okmulgee. Jeanette Bohanan is the new Head of Programming and Outreach at Museum of the Red River, Idabel. Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Muskogee, recently cut paid staff and has limited hours

of operation as it works to create a sustainability plan for the future.

Non-Western Art at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Norman.

Master Woodworking Artist of the Year, is on exhibit through May 6, at Oklahoma Forest Heritage Center, Broken Bow. For information, visit

Lindsay Palaima is the new Registrar at Sam Noble Museum, Norman.

District 3

David Keathly, District 3 Rep. Marland Estate 580.767.0420 The “Tin Man” that stood at the intersection of Highway 3 and Highway 283 in northwest Oklahoma is now part of the collection at Cimarron Heritage Center Museum, Boise City. Key Ingredients: America by Food, a Museum on Main Street exhibit, is scheduled for the following museums in the coming months: No Man’s Land Museum, Goodwell – on exhibit through April 21, www.nmlhs. org/; Waynoka Air Rail Museum, Waynoka – on exhibit April 28 – June 9, The Union Pacific 844 steam train will make a stop at the Canadian County Historical Museum, El Reno. The steam train features a museum car exhibit for the Union Pacific’s 150th Anniversary and coincides with the community’s Fried Onion Burger Day Festival on May 5. For information, contact 405.262.5121. The 101 Ranch, is on exhibit through June 1 at Cherokee Strip Museum, Perry. For information, visit www.

District 4

Regina Berna, District 4 Rep. Chickasaw Nation Museums & Historic Sites 580.371.9835 Heather Ahtone is the new Assistant Curator of Native American and

Ryan Peacock is the new Director at Toy & Action Figure Museum, Pauls Valley. Peter Tirrell, Associate Director, Sam Noble Museum, was recently awarded the Mountain-Plains Museums Association’s Hugo G. Rodeck Award of Excellence for significant service to the museum field within the region.

District 5

Dan Provo, District 5 Rep. Oklahoma History Center 405.522.5248 Shelley Rowan is the new Director of Marketing at Oklahoma Heritage Association, OKC. Lucja Hecksher is the new Graphic Designer/Assistant Director of Marketing at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, OKC. Steve Boyd is the new Exhibitions Manager at City Arts Center, OKC. Allied Arts welcomed two new staff members: Don Eckhoff, Manager of Business and Donor Development, and Abby Fleet, Campaign and Development Assistant. Discover the wonder of space and aviation during Space Day, May 4-5, at Science Museum Oklahoma, Oklahoma City. For information, visit Dr. Carolyn Pool is retiring from her position as Director of Museum Studies at the University of Central Oklahoma in May. Carolyn is a longtime member and former Executive Director of the Oklahoma Museums Association. In addition, she is a past winner of the Laura McDonagh Streich Award for Service to the Profession. We thank Carolyn for her support of the Oklahoma Museums Association and the museum profession!


Oklahoma Museums Association to host Wine & Palette fundraiser April 14


he Oklahoma Museums Association will host a wine and palette fundraiser April 14 from 2:00pm-5:00pm at Put a Cork In It winery at 115 East California Ave. in Bricktown. A talented art instructor will provide guidance for guests to create their own Red Tree masterpiece to take Red Tree home, and guests will enjoy sipping on original Oklahoma wines and sampling hors d’ oeuvres.

Reception at AAM conference for OMA members and friends


oin OMA members and friends at a reception during the American Association of Museums Annual Meeting in Minneapolis. The reception will be held at the Hilton Minneapolis on Monday, April 30, 5:30pm - 6:30pm. This reception is sponsored by the Oklahoma Museums Association and the Museum of the Red River. RSVP by April 9 to Stacy O’Daniel at or 405.424.7757.

Everyone is encouraged to attend, from those who have never done a painting before to those who create art regularly. Registration is $100 which includes canvas, paints, brushes, easel, aprons, art instruction, wine, snacks and tons of fun. Funds raised will be used to further the mission of the Oklahoma Museums Association to support Oklahoma museums in their efforts to educate, inform and entertain. Attendees must be 21 years of age. “The Oklahoma Museums Association is excited to host an event allowing attendees to experience art first-hand,” said Brenda Granger, executive director of the OMA. “This fundraiser is imperative to our mission and will allow us to further assist Oklahoma’s 500-plus museums, historical societies and sites and more.” Space is limited. Register online at https://okmuseums. tabid/334139/Default.aspx. For more information, call 405.424.7757.

Join the Oklahoma Museums Association today! Museum staff, volunteers and board members are encouraged to join OMA as individual members. Museums, historical societies, tribal cultural centers, zoos and other related entities also are encouraged to join as an institutional member. For a complete list of individual and institutional membership benefits or to join online, visit Individual memberships □ Masterpiece $250 □ Classic $100 □ Member $25 □ Gem $175 □ Treasure $50 □ Student $15 (Students must be full-time and include copy of current I.D.)

Institutional memberships .0005 x total annual operating budget ($35 minimum; $500 maximum)

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MuseNEWS Spring 2012  

News for and about museums in Oklahoma.

MuseNEWS Spring 2012  

News for and about museums in Oklahoma.