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Wine & Palette fundraiser


Volume 42, No. 1 Winter 2012



Best practices for boards


Volunteer voice


avid Anderson, OMA President, and Brenda Granger, OMA Executive Director, invite you to join them at the Oklahoma Museums Association Wine & Palette fundraiser on Saturday, April 14 from 2:00pm-5:00pm. Let your inner artist flourish while a talented art instructor guides you in creating your own (Red Tree) masterpiece to take home at the end of the event. The fun will take place at Put A Cork in It Winery in Bricktown, Oklahoma City. The following is included with your $100 registration: tons of fun, canvas, paints, art instruction, wine, snacks and use of brushes, easel and aprons. Space is very limited so sign up TODAY at You must be 21 years of age to attend this event. Red Tree

Museum Accessioning and Registration of Collections (MARC) Course in Bartlesville


Around the state

o you have artifacts in your museum collection that you do not know how to mark? Do you have artifacts in your museum collection that are outside of your mission statement? Do you know how to properly accession and catalogue the artifacts in your museum collection? Do you have feathers in your museum collection from endangered species? If you answered yes to any of these questions, or if you have other museum collections related questions, then MARC is for you!

Oklahoma Museums Association exists to support Oklahoma museums in their efforts to educate, inform and entertain.

The Oklahoma Museums Association developed two-day Museum Accessioning and Registration of Collections Course will be offered on March 1-2, 2012, at the Frank Phillips Home, Bartlesville. The MARC course will help museum staff and volunteers properly manage their collections, by teaching a solid foundation of basic museum collections knowledge.

Programs and services of OMA are made possible in part by assistance from the Oklahoma Arts Council.

Day one of MARC will cover mission statements, conflicts of interest and ethics, collections management policies, writing a collecting plan, working with a collections committee, legal issues relating to museum collections and deaccessioning. Day two will focus on the process of artifact donations including proper documentation on an artifact’s provenance and description, the physical application of a number, cataloging artifact information, loans and insurance.



Full registration is $150 for the first registrant from an institution. Full registration includes an artifact labeling kit, handouts and two days of instruction. A registration fee of $75 is available to additional registrants from an institution and also to students or individuals not affiliated with a museum. This fee does not include the kit. Space is limited. The registration deadline is February 21. Register online at or complete the form on page 13 of this newsletter. One scholarship to cover instruction only will be offered to an OMA member for this course. (Scholarship recipient may purchase the artifact labeling kit separately.) The deadline to apply for a scholarship is

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OMA Board of Directors

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 Holly Hughes • OKME Rep. Sam Noble Museum, Norman 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 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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director's desk Happy new year!


s we begin a new year with new ambitions, I would like to take a moment to reflect and thank the many, many individuals, institutions and corporations which have been involved with the Oklahoma Brenda Granger Museums Association over the last 40 years. So Executive Director many of you have played a special and important role in the growth of OMA! According to the articles of incorporation which were filed on May 24, 1972, the Oklahoma Museums Association was formed 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 to me 40 years later, this original intent although worded a little different, it exactly what we continue to do today. As Executive Director of the 40 year old Oklahoma Museums Association, it is an honor to serve our wonderful Oklahoma museums. I wish each of you a great 2012!


Hold the date for the 2012 OMA Conference Oklahoma Museums Association 2012 Annual Conference Annual Fall Conference • September 26-28, 2012 Oklahoma Baptist University • Shawnee, Oklahoma Call for session proposals - deadline to submit is January 31 Exhibitor information now available - limited spaces so reserve yours today Sponsorship information now available - support OMA and the conference by being a conference sponsor OMA Awards Program - guidelines available April 1; deadline to submit June 14 Find 2012 conference information at A huge thank you to the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, Santa Fe Depot Museum, Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center, Oklahoma Baptist University and the Shawnee Convention and Visitors Bureau for serving as local hosts for this conference.

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.


best practices for boards

Ten myths about nonprofit boards by Jan Masaoka

I 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.

t seems as if there’s always somebody at the board meeting saying, “That’s what nonprofit boards are supposed to do.” Sometimes it’s even the executive director. Here is a quick directory to the most common myths wreaking havoc in nonprofit boardrooms. Myth #1: Nonprofits have to comply with Sarbanes-Oxley In the wake of the Enron and other corporate scandals, this federal act of 2002 was designed to improve accuracy of disclosures by publicly held companies. Provisions include certification of financial reports by the CEO and CFO, having non-staff on the board’s Audit Committee, prohibition of personal loans to executives, and so forth. Reality: Only two SOX provisions apply to nonprofits: • Stronger whistleblower protections • Longer retention of certain legal records

Next issue: Should the board hold executive sessions?

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.

For more in Blue Avocado: Sarbanes-Oxley and Nonprofits Myth #2: The best size for a board is 16 Reality: Well, that’s the average size. (Do you want to be average?) There isn’t a “best” size for a board. Research shows that small boards think they should be bigger and big boards think they should be smaller. Size depends on: • What the organization needs the board to do at this time in its history • How many people the executive director and the staff can support • The size of the room at your organization where the board meets (really!) Myth #3: The board and the executive director should have such a good working relationship that the board never needs to go into executive session Reality: Executive sessions are important for: • ED evaluation • Airing of tentative views • The board’s gaining a sense of itself And whether or not the executive director is a member of the board, the board always has the authority to go into session without staff present. For more in Blue Avocado: Should the Board Hold Executive Sessions? Myth #4: The annual approval of the budget is the cornerstone of the board’s financial oversight Reality: Budget approval is often a meaningless act. Most of the time board

members can’t be familiar enough with details to know whether the income is accurately projected and whether the expenses represent sound choices. Instead: • Give guidelines to staff for where the organization needs to be financially at the end of the year • Focus on monitoring through the year rather than trying to ferret out details in a complex budget before voting to approve it See also in Blue Avocado: Meaningful Budget Work by the Board and Nonprofit Budgets Have to Balance: False! Myth #5: Boards are supposed to raise money Reality: Actually, nonprofits are required by law to have boards (as are forprofit corporations) in order to hold the organization accountable to the public (not to raise money). And, in addition, boards don’t raise money. Board members raise money. The board approves a plan for how the organization will obtain funds (in its approval of the budget) through some combination of donations, earned income, grants, etc. Then individual board members help with the plan by obtaining donations, making connections for earned income and grants, and so forth. See also in Blue Avocado: Should Board Members Be Required to Give? Myth #6: It’s okay that we didn’t do an evaluation of our ED this year. She’s doing a good job Reality: You owe it to good executives to do an evaluation; they may not like it, but they’ll get even better. And you owe it to the community to know whether your executive is doing the good job it looks like she is. And . . . it doesn’t have to be that difficult. Myth #7: We’re an all-volunteer organization and we can’t accomplish much until we have paid staff Reality: Many high-impact organizations don’t have staff, and will never have staff. All-volunteer organizations (AVOs) often represent the community at its best, and many field hundreds of volunteers every week. If you’re an AVO, take pride in what you accomplish, and don’t feel that “growing up” needs to mean having paid staff. See also in Blue Avocado: Boards of AllVolunteer Organizations continued on page 7


volunteer voice

How do I thank thee? by Robbin D. Davis, CVA


s volunteer resources managers, we hear it all the time, “thank the volunteers.” As you read this in January I want you to think about April; specifically the week of April 15-21, 2012 as that is National Volunteer Appreciation Week. Sponsored by the Points of Light Foundation, this week has been chosen as the week to celebrate the volunteer; the thousands upon thousands of people who donate in excess of 60 million hours a year to every conceivable non-profit, museum, social service agency, church, synagogue, temple, hospital, hospice, day care, school and homeroom. Mostly like they are you and me as well as the volunteers and interns who file through our museums to give tours, greet guests, conduct research and simply smile when it is needed. So here’s to those folks - a hearty THANK YOU! I recently ran across the following and wanted you to have it as well. I do not claim it as my own but rather the work of the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service. It can easily be found on the Internet. I’m going to hang it in the commons area of the museum office. Sometimes we all need to be reminded how much we appreciate the volunteers and how important it is to say thanks and “good job, we appreciate you.” 100 Ways to Recognize Volunteers 1. Smile 2.Put up a suggestion box. 3. Treat to a soda. 4. Reimburse assignment related expenses. 5. Ask for a report. 6. Send a birthday card card. 7. Arrange for discounts. 8. Give service stripes. 9. Maintain a coffee bar. 10. Plan annual ceremonial occasions. 11. Invite to staff meetings. 12. Recognize personal needs and problems. 13. Accommodate personal needs and problems. 14. Be pleasant. 15. Use in an emergency situation. 16. Provide a baby sitter. 17. Post Honor Roll in reception area. 18. Respect their wishes. 19. Give informal teas. 20. Keep challenging them. 21. Send a Thanksgiving Day card to volunteer’s family. 22. Provide a nursery. 23. Say “Good Morning.” 24. Greet by name. 25. Provide a good pre-service training. 26. Help develop self-confidence. 27. Award plaques to sponsoring group. 28. Take time to explain. 29. Be verbal.

30. Motivate agency VIP’s to converse with them. 31. Hold rap sessions. 32. Give additional responsibility. 33. Afford participation in team planning. 34. Respect sensitivities. 35. Enable to grow in the responsibility. 36. Enable to grow out of the responsibility. 37. Send newsworthy information to the media. 38. Have beverage and cheese tasting parties. 39. Ask client to evaluate their workservice. 40. Say “Good Afternoon.” 41. Honor their preferences. 42. Create pleasant surroundings. 43. Welcome to staff at break times. 44. Enlist to train other volunteers. 45. Have a public reception. 46. Take time to talk. 47. Defend against hostile or negative staff. 48. Make good plans. 49. Commend to supervisory staff. 50. Send a valentine. 51. Make thorough pre-arrangements. 52. Persuade “personnel” to equate volunteer experience with work experience. 53. Admit to partnership with paid staff. 54. Recommend to perspective employer. 55. Provide scholarships to volunteer conferences or workshops. 56. Offer advocacy roles. 57. Utilize as consultants. 58. Write thank you notes. 59. Invite participation in policy formulation. 60. Surprise with coffee and cake. 61. Celebrate outstanding projects and achievements. 62. Nominate for volunteer awards. 63. Have a “Leadership Day” for leaders of sponsoring groups. 64. Carefully match volunteer with responsibility. 65. Praise them to their friends. 66. Provide substantive in-service training. 67. Provide useful tools in good working condition. 68. Say “Good Night.” 69. Plan staff and volunteer social events. 70. Be a real person. 71. Rent billboard space for public recognition. 72. Accept their individuality. 73. Provide opportunities for conferences and evaluation. 74. Identify age groups. 75. Maintain meaningful file. 76. Send impromptu fun cards. 77. Ask for input and listen to the response. 78. Instigate client planned surprises. 79. Utilize purchased newspaper space. 80. Promote a “Volunteer of the Month” program. 81. Send letter of appreciation to employer. 82. Plan a “Recognition Edition” of the agency newsletter. 83. Color code name tags to indicate particular achievements (hours, years, unit, etc.) 84. Send com-mendatory letters to prominent public figures. 85. Say “We missed you.”

86. Praise the sponsoring group or club. 87. Promote staff smiles. 88. Robbin Davis Facilitate personal maturation. 89. Distinguish between groups and individuals in the group. 90. Maintain safe working conditions. 91. Adequate orientation. 92. Award special citations for extraordinary achievements. 93. Fully indoctrinate regarding the agency. 94. Send greeting cards. 95. Be familiar with the details of assignments. 96. Conduct community-wide cooperative, inter-agency recognition events. 97. Plan a theater party. 98. Attend a sports event. 99. Have a picnic. 100. Say “Thank You.” Thank you for reading this column. I really do appreciate the opportunity to share my “two cents” about the world of volunteer management and I hope that you get an occasional nugget of information useful for your particular situation. Let me know about the unique ways your museum says thank you to your volunteers. I’ll print the most interesting three in the next column! Robbin Davis is Director of Visitor Services for the Oklahoma History Center and serves 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.


Branding: Museums 2.0 and beyond by Tony Vann, President Vann & Associates


ecently, I stumbled upon a report I had filed away from 2009 conducted by Robert Jones at Wolff Olins, an international branding firm. Although the results may be a little dated, I think it is a great lessen to look at his findings and compare to the current culture of museum branding. The report polled 274 participants and choosing to highlight a few of his findings proves very interesting. First, a considerable number of museum professionals underestimate the power and scope of branding. The survey revealed that 65 percent of those museum professionals polled indicated their brand merely “determines the look of stationery, signs and leaflets.” Only 23 percent claimed that it “guides our exhibition programming.” Furthermore, museum professionals don’t seem to like the idea of branding all that much at all. At least 23 percent of participants agreed that branding is “a dirty word – too commercial,” and they are happy to leave it to the marketing department. Jones’ report has a very interesting take on what branding should be – and it’s anything but dirty. According to the conclusions drawn from the report, most important is to recognize that branding is a vision of a museum’s personality and purpose long before it is communicated visually as a logo. It is essential as an internal tool to help employees, volunteers and stakeholders adhere to the direction and philosophy of their museum.

The report also discusses the true fact that museums are quickly changing. Even at the presentation of this 2009 report, both museum directors and visitors were excited about hyper-connectivity developing under the so-called Web 2.0 migration. Although they may not Tony Vann have known the true depth and breadth of such a statement, the evolution of online media, social media networks and ultrasavvy consumers have forced museums to either adapt and succeed or remain the same and fail. Interaction between museums and visitors must be more dynamic. No longer do the bricks and mortar define the “footprint” of a museum. Sentiments made in the 2009 report reverberate loud-andclear today. Branding is the key in facilitating museums’ mutation from teaching institutions into platforms for discussion and sharing. Branding is an invitation to look again, think again – allowing those who may be visitors to become engaged participants of your experience. 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.

Museums Advocacy Day is February 27-28, 2012


useums Advocacy Day is an opportunity to bring our message about the value of museums to Capitol Hill and to advocate for policy and funding issues that affect our field. This two-day event in Washington, DC, begins with a full day of advocacy training followed by a day of meetings on Capitol Hill (arranged by the American Association of Museums). The training includes policy information, facts and figures to help make your case, and tips on making your Hill meetings as effective as possible. • Museums Advocacy Day is your chance to stand side by side with fellow advocates from your state and congressional district. • Museums Advocacy Day is your chance to get valuable training and information about how to effectively engage with your representatives and make the case for museums. Training will be tailored to new advocates, directors, board members, students and more. A special session, Inside the Mind of a Member of Congress, will give

participants the opportunity to step into the shoes of elected officials and experience the challenges and complexities of the decision making process they face each day. • Museums Advocacy Day is your chance to share a powerful message with your Members of Congress and their staff members on Capitol Hill about policy issues affecting the museum field, and the ways your museum impacts your community. Unable to attend Museums Advocacy Day in Washington, DC, in person? Visit the AAM E-Advocacy page at to learn about several ways you can advocate from home, and look for an announcement about which portions of Museums Advocacy Day 2012 will be webcast. Also sign up at www. to get future updates and additional information about ways to participate in Museums Advocacy Day 2012. OMA is a proud supporter of Museums Advocacy Day 2012.

10 Ways to Advocate Today! • Find your legislators at www. index.cfm/siteid/AAM/action/ Legislators.Main • Learn more about Museums Advocacy Day • Create an Economic Impact Statement for your museum at economic_impact.htm • Send a letter to Congress on education, funding for museums, or other issues at www. cfm/siteid/aam • Access AAM Online Advocacy Training programs at www. advocacy_trainings.htm • Sign up to receive AAM Action Alerts at www. htm continued on page 14


Happy 40th Anniversary Oklahoma Museums Association


or those who were unable to join OMA at the Ford Bell luncheon at Leonardo’s Discovery Warehouse in Enid on October 29, please know the 40th anniversary campaign and the poster was unveiled. In December, all OMA members were mailed a poster, window cling, and additional information regarding the 40th celebration which will take place throughout 2012. The poster has a QR code which has clues to a monthly scavenger hunt for tickets to a museum. There will be 12 sets of tickets placed in “free” museums and the tickets ensure both free and paid admission museums will hopefully see an increase in visitation from the campaign. Also, everyone will be able to learn more about all the museums on the poster, including linking to the museums Web sites. OMA thanks the twenty-nine museums who elected to appear on the OMA 40 Poster. In addition to the above, throughout the year, press releases will be distributed monthly to showcase all member-institutions. Additional creative items will be distributed via e-mail such as Web site tiles, banners and other items which can be placed on member websites, e-newsletters and other collateral.

OMA is extremely excited about the 40th anniversary celebration and is grateful to Vann & Associates for their creative assistance with the celebration. During this anniversary year, each edition of MuseNEWS will have an interesting Oklahoma Museums Association history tidbit in order for members, donors and friends to know and enjoy how such a wonderful organization began. A little history on the beginnings of the Oklahoma Museums Association…In 1952, 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.” Then in 1972, twenty years after that first meeting, the Oklahoma Museums Association was officially established and incorporated with the Oklahoma Secretary of State as a nonprofit organization and subsequently recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)3. Four decades later, OMA is proud to continue with its mission of supporting Oklahoma museums in their efforts to educate, inform and entertain. OMA has over 500 members and are proud to be the primary provider of information and professional development for Oklahoma’s 500+ museums and cultural organizations. OMA’s staff and board work statewide with all museums and OMA is regarded as one of the most active museum associations in the country.

Speaking up for museums is topic of OKMADA meeting on February 28


he Seventh Annual Mid-Winter Meeting of the Oklahoma Membership and Development Association (OKMADA) will be held on February 28 from 1:00pm2:00pm as a conference call. Join OKMADA to learn some simple ways to speak up for museums and discuss current issues facing museums. The call is being held in conjunction with Museums Advocacy Day. Abigail Jones, OMA intern and Museums Advocacy Day representative, will lead the call along with Ken Busby, Executive Director of the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa and OKMADA Representative.

Register online at or by using the form on page 13 of this newsletter. There is no fee to participate in the conference call, however, long distance charges may apply. The registration deadline is February 20. You must be a member of OKMADA to attend this meeting. OKMADA annual dues are $10, in addition to regular OMA membership dues. OKMADA provides an avenue for members of the museum community to share ideas and discuss issues associated with membership and development. OKMADA promotes communication among museum membership coordinators and development officers.


Welcome new OMA board members Erin Brown, Oklahoma Registrars Association Board Representative Erin Brown has been in the museum field since 2008 when she received her BA in Museum Studies from the University of Central Oklahoma. She is currently the curator of collections at the Guthrie Museum Complex which consists of the Oklahoma Territorial Museum and Historic Carnegie Library in Guthrie OK. Erin is responsible for all aspects of the collection and exhibits. She is also involved in educational programs at the Complex.


Phyllis WahahrockahTasi, Mountain Plains Museums Association Representative Phyllis WahahrockahTasi, a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma, assumed the duties of the Executive Director of the Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center in January 2008. Born and raised in Southwest Oklahoma, Wahahrockah-Tasi came to the museum from the United States Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM) where she worked as Archaeologist.

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Myth #8: Committee reports should be made at every meeting Reality: The best thing about committee reports is that they make committee chairs attend. Instead, consider one Annual Report that rotates to each committee and that recaps goals and accomplishments. Outside of that Annual Report only allow committee reports (other than finance) that either require a board decision or that involve board members signing up for tasks. See also in Blue Avocado: Abolish Board Committees? Myth #9: We’re too small to do succession planning,” or “Our ED isn’t going anywhere for a while” Reality: This myth reflects an outdated view of succession planning built on identifying and grooming a successor on staff. In today’s nonprofits it means: • Making the ED job doable (it’s hard to replace a superhero, but it’s not as hard to replace an excellent executive director) • Bringing staff salaries to competitive levels • Recruiting board members who will be good at hiring, not just good at supporting the current ED

See also in Blue Avocado: Succession Planning for Nonprofits of All Sizes Myth #10: Boards don’t work. The whole model of nonprofit governance is broken Criticism of nonprofit boards (across the board) is usually one of two types: • Outsiders who are critical of a board that has let an executive director run a nonprofit into the ground or in the wrong direction • An insider -- usually the executive director — who sees the board as standing in his or her way and additionally, as not raising money.

At BLM, she provided archeological clearances for oil and gas sites throughout Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas. Wahahrockah-Tasi holds a Masters in Anthropology with an emphasis in Archaeology and Museum Studies from the University of Tulsa, where she studied with renowned professors in the field of Archaeology. Prior to her studies at UT, she graduated from the University of Oklahoma where she earned a Masters of Human Relations Degree and a Bachelors of Art Degree in Anthropology. Wahahrockah-Tasi is active in the Lawton-Fort Sill Community. She is a member of the Lawton/Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Lawton Arts and Humanities Council. She is actively involved with the Lawton Arts for All Festival, serving as ex officio on its Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Susan G. Komen Central and Western Oklahoma Affiliate Board of Directors.

MARC Course continued from page 1 February 14. The scholarship application may be found on the programs and services section of the OMA Web site at The MARC course is sponsored in part by the Oklahoma Registrars Association, a standing professional committee of OMA, Oklahoma Arts Council and Frank Phillips Home. OMA reserves the right to cancel this course if a minimum number of participants is not met.

But most nonprofit boards work hard — if imperfectly — to both support and govern their organizations. And we should remember that boards are not mandated to raise money; they are mandated not simply to support an executive but to stand in the way of reckless executive decisions. Reality: Despite all the reasons why boards shouldn’t work, the reality is that thousands of boards are working, everywhere and every day. Churchill said: “Democracy is the worst form of government there is. Except for all the other ones.” We say the same thing about nonprofit boards.



Grant deadlines, training and other news

Update your 2012 Guidestar information Many funders rely on Guidestar. org for accurate information about your organization. Now is the time to update your information for 2012. With your help, Guidestar is committed to ensuring the accuracy and completeness of the information provided to the more than 5 million users who visit the Guidestar Web site each year. Organizations also are reminded to update their own Web site with current annual reports, audits, board member lists and more. For more information, visit www. Oklahoma Heritage Association awards program Each year, the Oklahoma Heritage Association honors individuals, teachers, organizations, and newspapers or other periodicals for their work in preserving state and local history. Nominations are due in January. For more information, visit EducationAwards/AnnualAwards/ tabid/79/Default.aspx.

free AdWords advertising to select charitable organizations. They support organizations sharing the philosophy of community service to help the world in areas such as science and technology, education, global public health, the environment, youth advocacy, and the arts. For more information, visit com/grants/. National Museum of the American Indian convening tribal museum directors The Smithsonian’s NMAI is convening tribal museum directors for an exchange of ideas, information and inspiration on January 1920, 2012 in Washington, DC. For more information, visit www. or email OMA calendar of events January 31 • 2012 OMA conference session proposals due

For a listing of Northern States Conservation Center online museum classes visit For a listing of American Association of Museums workshops and seminars visit For a listing of American Association for State and Local History workshops and seminars visit For a listing of National Preservation Institute seminars in historic preservation and cultural resource management visit Ongoing grant opportunities Oklahoma Arts Council 405.521.2931 Oklahoma Humanities Council 405.235.0280

February 10 • OKNAMPA Mid-Winter Meeting, Norman

Heritage Preservation

February 23 • OKME Mid-Winter Meeting, Norman

Institute of Museum and Library Services

Leadership in History Awards Program The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) Leadership in History Awards Program recognizes exemplary work in the field of state and local history. Nominees need not be members of AASLH to qualify. Nominations are due to state award representatives by March 1. For more information visit aaslh_awards.htm.

February 27 • OKRA Mid-Winter Meeting, Guthrie

March 21 • District 2 Meeting, Muskogee

National Historical Publications and Records Commission

Museum Benchmarking Online The American Association of Museums is asking all museums to please share your museum’s financial data via Museum Benchmarking Online (MBO), their new secure online tool that replaces the highly regarded Museum Financial Information. It is free to share your data, and doing so enables them to have the solid, credible data needed to make the case for museums on Capitol Hill and elsewhere. For more information, visit

March 23 • District 3 Meeting, Ponca City

Governmental Agencies offering Grants

Google Grants: In-kind advertising for non-profit organizations Google Grants is a unique inkind donation program awarding

February 28 • OKMADA Mid-Winter Meeting, via conference call March 1-2 • MARC Course, Bartlesville March 8 • OMA Board Meeting March 19 • District 1 Meeting, Tulsa

National Endowment for the Arts National Endowment for the Humanities

March 27 • District 4 Meeting, Sulphur March 29 • District 5 Meeting, OKC Professional development For a listing of Sarkeys Foundation training visit For a listing of Campbell Center courses visit


For a listing of seminars offered in Oklahoma City and Tulsa by the Center for Nonprofits go to www.


Welcome back Abby Jones as an OMA intern this spring

Helping artifacts find the perfect home topic of OKRA meeting February 27


he Tenth Annual Mid-Winter Meeting and Program of the Oklahoma Registrars Association (OKRA) will be Monday, February 27 from 10:00am-2:00pm at Oklahoma Territorial Museum, Guthrie. Join OKRA for a lively discussion on helping artifacts find the perfect home. Patrons walk in ready to donate a potential artifact but you already have three of the item is totally out of your scope of collections. Where do you suggest they go? You want to deaccession some items that are not relevant to your collection but they are still in good condition and might be needed someplace else. What do you do? Registrars, collections managers, curators, museum staff and even volunteers may have these questions. Come to the meeting with your organization’s scope of collections and be prepared to share your contact information with the


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group. Also, there will be a short strategic planning session to decide what members would like from OKRA in the next few years and a trolley tour of Guthrie! Register online at www.okmuseums. org or by using the form on page 13 of this newsletter. The registration fee is $25 and includes lunch. The registration deadline is February 17. You must be a member of OKRA to attend this meeting. OKRA annual dues are $10, in addition to regular OMA membership dues. One scholarship is available. The deadline to apply is February 10. The scholarship application may be found on the programs and services section of the OMA Web site at OKRA is dedicated to enhancing the professional development of the museum community through support of workshops and the distribution of information.


he Oklahoma Museums Association internship program began in spring 2008 and has been going strong ever since! OMA is thrilled to welcome Abby Jones, OMA Intern back Abby Jones as an intern for this spring semester. Abby first interned for OMA in spring 2010. Abby will be working on a variety of projects, with a concentration on advocacy and Oklahoma museums week. She is a graduate student at the University of Central Oklahoma and is very involved with the Future Museum Professionals Organization. If you would like to discuss being an OMA intern or receive an internship application, please contact Brenda Granger, Executive Director at 405.424.7757 or bgranger@

Helping Oklahoma's small to mid‐size museums make the best professional use of their resources

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2012 OMA District Meetings offer networking and museum collections inventorying program


oin the Oklahoma Museums Association District Representatives during the month of March for networking, discussion of items important to your district and a program on how to inventory your museum collections. OMA districts follow those of the Oklahoma Congressional districts. To locate your museum’s district, visit OMA encourages members and non-members to attend the district meetings to share ideas, discuss items of mutual concern and expand professional skills.

Each district meeting will take place from 1:00pm-4:00pm and registration is $10. Register online at www. or by using the form on page 13 of this newsletter. The deadline to register is March 12. Scholarships are available and applications are due March 5. The scholarship application may be found on the programs and services section of the OMA Web site at www. District Meeting Schedule: March 19, District One, Jim Goss representative, meeting location Tulsa Air and Space Museum, Tulsa

Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, Muskogee March 23, District Three, David Keathly representative, meeting location Marland Estate, Ponca City March 27, District Four, Regina Berna representative, meeting location at Chickasaw Cultural Center, Sulphur March 29 • District Five Dan Provo representative, meeting location Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma City

March 21, District Two, Jennifer Holt representative, meeting location

Visitor identity focus of OKME meeting on February 23


he Seventeenth Annual Mid-Winter Meeting and Program of the Oklahoma Museum Educators (OKME) will be held on Thursday, February 23 from 11:00am-3:30pm at the Sam Noble Museum, Norman.

Free webcast on Feeding the Spirit: Museums, Food and Community


Every human has a personal identity, created through culture, life experience and education. Neil Postman declared, “Every museum offers an answer to the question, ‘What does it mean to be human?’” The topic of meaningful personal identities and your museum’s role in visitor identity discovery will be presented by Holly Hughes, Head of Education, Daniel Swan, Curator of Ethnology and Peter Tirrell, Associate Director from Sam Noble Museum and Susan Baley, Director of Education from Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.

oin colleagues across America for a “national potluck” exploring how museums can promote food literacy, make their food services healthy and sustainable, and use food to build audience and strengthen community connections.

Meeting attendees are encouraged to take advantage of the following additional opportunities: • Pre-meeting tour of collections at the Sam Noble Museum at 9:30am (rsvp required) • Post-meeting tour of the new Stuart Wing at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at 4:00pm (rsvp required) • Informal get together at the Library on Campus Corner for drinks and appetizers (on your own)

The free webcast on February 17, 2012 from 12:45pm-4:00pm central time will feature dynamic speakers, commentary and discussion by museum experts; forums for you to connect with colleagues via chat and social media; suggested recipes for your potluck! Registrants will also receive the Feeding the Spirit Cookbook: a Resource and Discussion Guide.

Register online at or by using the form on page 13 of this newsletter. The registration fee is $25 and includes lunch. The registration deadline is February 13. You must be a member of OKME to attend this meeting. OKME annual dues are $10, in addition to regular OMA membership dues. One scholarship is available. The deadline to apply is February 6. The scholarship application may be found on the programs and services section of the OMA Web site at OKME encourages high professional standards for museum educators, advocates for the support of museums and their educational purpose, and promotes excellence in museum learning.

All you have to provide is a venue for you and your colleagues to view the webcast, contribute to the national conversation and discuss how your museum wants to tackle food issues. And (of course), food! Peruse the full menu for the webcast; read more about the food themes; and register for the webcast at www. lecture/2011symposium.cfm.


Oklahoma library community is major player in two national digital initiatives by William Young, Public Information Manager, Oklahoma Department of Libraries


s broadband spreads across the country and online access becomes essential to citizens, two national digital initiatives are underway to help communities and libraries plan for the future. Oklahoma libraries are playing a significant role in the development of these initiatives.

ODL Director Susan McVey said. “It also involves the availability of hardware and software, access to relevant online content and services, and training in digital literacy skills.”

Creating Digitally Inclusive Communities Access to online services is becoming increasingly important for citizens to fully engage in American society. To help address this need, Oklahoma City served as one of only three sites in the nation to provide citizen feedback Brenda Granger, Executive Director of OMA, with Gerriann on a proposed Framework for Schaad, Director, Dickenson Research Center of National Digitally Inclusive Communities. Commissioned by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Framework serves as a planning guide for communities to assess their capabilities and needs to create digitally inclusive communities. “When we talk about digital inclusion, we’re not just talking about access to the Internet,”

Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, at the IMLS Digitally Inclusive Communities meeting.

The 31 citizens and 11 community leaders at the two Oklahoma City forums provided a variety of feedback. A guide and draft report for the national project are available online at www.imls. gov/assets/1/AssetManager/ DIC-FrameworkGuide.

pdf and assets/1/AssetManager/DICFrameworkReport.pdf. Establishing Public Access Technology Benchmarks for Public Libraries In January of this year, a variety of organizations requested grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fund a project to develop a set of benchmarks to guide public libraries in sustaining and improving public access technology. The benchmarks project is an ambitious undertaking. The drafted benchmarks were being finalized for pilot testing in Oklahoma, Texas, California and North Carolina. Two libraries in each of the states will begin the process early next year. Benchmark partners have held focus groups and reaction to the benchmark project has been mostly positive, with libraries around the country signaling approval of a process that could help them keep up in this fastchanging technological world.

Museum Store Association to hold conference and expo in New Orleans


he Museum Store Association (MSA) will hold its 57th Retail Conference & Expo in New Orleans, April 14–16, 2012, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The MSA Retail Conference & Expo is an indispensable opportunity for cultural commerce professionals to learn, buy and network. For more information, visit www. MSA is a nonprofit, international association organized to advance the success of museum retail professionals. By encouraging high standards of professionalism, MSA helps cultural commerce professionals better serve their organizations. Also, MSA is focused on helping increase awareness about museum stores as unique shopping destinations for tourists and cultural travelers. “This year’s exciting program includes several industry experts offering solutions and tools to meet the challenges today’s museum store managers face, and the MSA Expo features the leading product vendors in the specialty gift industry. Each museum store offers its own unique collection of culturally-oriented items and this is the premiere buying Expo for the cultural market,” said MSA Board President Valerie Troyansky.

The MSA Expo is arguably the most important annual buying event for the museum store community and the only tradeshow specifically for retailers in museums, historic sites, botanic gardens, aquariums, zoos, libraries and more. In addition to building institution revenue through sales, museum stores provide a high-impact point of contact with cultural institution patrons. The store is a place to reinforce the experience of visiting a cultural institution and to re-emphasize the mission of the institution. As the entire cultural community faces the effects of tight economic times, building value within institutions is more important than ever. At the Conference, museum store employees will: 1. Discover how to maximize store revenue 2.

Share best practices with colleagues


Find solutions to take back to the store and implement immediately, and


Shop for mission-related merchandise.


member recognition

New and renewed memberships

Below is a list of new and renewing members who paid dues September 1 – November 30, 2011. 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 David Anderson, Okmulgee Marci Donaho, Seminole Sandra Olson, Waynoka Dane Pollei, Shawnee Treasure Deborah Baroff, Lawton Maggie Brown, Tulsa Sally Ferrell, Chandler Kenneth Fullbright, Shawnee Member Gail Kana Anderson, Norman Julie Baird, Enid Pam Bell, Edmond* William Bennett, Crescent William Benson, Duncan* Ann Boulton, Edmond Chandra Boyd, OKC Dr. Janet Braun, Norman Melissa Brodt, Edmond Erin Brown, OKC Ronny Brown, Pawanee* Jan Bryant, Muskogee Christina Burke, Tulsa Amena Butler, OKC Clary Carey, Edmond Robin Choney, Lawton* Matthew Clapper, Bartlesville Jo Crabtree, Bartlesville Tobie Cunningham, OKC Melanie Davidson, Norman Adrian Drew, Chickasha Julie Droke, Norman Joyce Fales, Enid Carla Garrison, Elk City Jessie Hopper, OKC Amanda Hudson, Sulphur Loretta Jackson, Chickasha Abigail Jones, Edmond Clara Sue Kidwell, Muskogee* Jacob Krumwiede, Claremore Danny Lankford, Vinita* Charlene Lingo, Miami Kay Little, Bartlesville Victoria Book Lupia, Tulsa Darcy Marlow, Tulsa Brena Meadows, Coweta Jessica Moad, Edmond* Tom Mooney, Park Hill Marissa Moore, Milburn Candy Morgan, Lawton Julie Moring, Norman

Henry Moy, Idabel Iris Muno Jordan, Edmond Debbie Neece, Bartlesville Susan Patterson, OKC Brad Perkins, Lawton* Connie Pirtle, Stillwater* Tonya Ricks, Shawnee Stephanie Shafer, McAlester Marilyn Shewmaker, Edmond Janet Shockley, Edmond Frank Siltman, Lawton Joan Singleton, Bartlesville Pat Smith, Clinton Linda Stone, Bartlesville Gena Timberman, OKC* Jordan Tippeconnic, Lawton* Alvin Turner, Norman Karen Whitecotton, OKC Cindy Williams, Tulsa Pendleton Woods, OKC Denise Wynia-Wedel, Medicine Park Student Jeremy Carey, Edmond Stephanie Diaz, Edmond Codi Martinez, OKC* Kera Newby, Mustang* Britni Pelton, Tulsa Thomas Potter, Tulsa* Shaylyn Sawyer, OKC Pascale Sicard, Edmond* Kimberly Tucker, OKC* Alyce Vigil, Edmond Stephanie Wooley, Miami Institutions American Banjo Museum American Fidelity Heritage Center American Indian Cultural Center and Museum* Charles B Goddard Center for Visual & Performing Arts Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Circus City Museum and Park Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center Cotton County Museum Association Delaware Nation Cultural Preservation Eastern Trails Historical Society* Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum Grand Lodge AF & AM of Oklahoma* Greater Southwest Historical Museum Harn Homestead Museum Historic Roger Mills Preservation* International Gymnastics Hall of Fame Loretta Y Jackson African American Historical Society

McLoud Historical Society and Museum Mounds Historical Society Museum of Osteology Mustang Historical Society National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum No Man’s Land Museum Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum Oklahoma City Zoological Park & Botanical Garden Oklahoma Military Academy Museum Oklahoma Museum of Telephone History Ottawa County Historical Society and Dobson Museum Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum Rogers County Historical Society and Claremore Museum of History Shattuck Windmill Museum & Park Sheerar Museum of Stillwater History Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center Temple Museum Association Three Rivers Museum Toy & Action Figure Museum Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium Wilson Historical Museum Corporate Silver 1220 Exhibits, Inc. Elliott + Associates Architects ITIN Museum Services Bronze Aflac Philadelphia Insurance Companies University of Oklahoma Press Western Center for the Conservation of Fine Arts


Oklahoma Museums Association workshop registration form OKNAMPA Mid-Winter Meeting • February 10, 2012 Must be a member of OKNAMPA to attend. Registration deadline is January 31, 2012 □ $25 Members

□ $35 Meeting + OKNAMPA membership

OKME Mid-Winter Meeting • February 23, 2012 Must be a member of OKME to attend. Registration deadline is February 13, 2012 □ $25 Members □ $35 Meeting +OKME membership □ I will attend the pre-meeting tour at 9:30am □ I will attend the post-meeting tour at 4:00pm OKRA Mid-Winter Meeting • February 27, 2012 Must be a member of OKRA to attend. Registration deadline is February 17, 2012 □ $25 Members

□ $35 Meeting + OKRA membership

OKMADA Mid-Winter Meeting • February 28, 2012 Must be a member of OKMADA to participate in call. Registration deadline is February 20, 2012 □ free for members

□ $10 OKMADA membership

Museum Accessioning and Registration of Collections (MARC) Course • March 1-2, 2012 Registration deadline is February 21, 2012 □ $75 instruction only □ $150 instruction + kit □ $225 two registrants from same institution; includes instruction and one kit

Registration Policy OMA institutional members may send one staff delegate at the member rate, if a member rate is applicable. All other staff or volunteers attending must be individual members of OMA or pay the non-member rate. Registration cannot be shared. OMA may offer special registration rates for two registrants from the same institution for specific workshops (e.g., MARC). These rates only apply to the specified workshop and not other OMA training or events. Please register only one person per form if special registration rates do not apply. Cancellation/Refund Policy Cancellations received by the workshop registration deadline are eligible for a refund. Cancellations received after the registration deadline are non-refundable. All cancellations must be in writing. Participant substitutions are accepted at any time. OMA is not responsible for cancellations sent but never received. Online Registration Online registration is available through the OMA Web site at Workshop Details Descriptions and details for the workshops listed at left appear in this newsletter. Information also may be found online at Send completed form with payment to: Oklahoma Museums Association 2100 NE 52nd Street Oklahoma City, OK 73111

OMA District Meetings • March Registration deadline is March 12, 2012 Select district below: □ District 1 (Tulsa) • March 19 • • $10 □ District 2 (Muskogee) • March 21 • • $10 □ District 3 (Ponca City) • March 23 • • $10 □ District 4 (Sulphur) • March 27 • • $10 □ District 5 (OKC) • March 29 • • $10

Credit card payments may be faxed to 405.427.5068. For more information, contact 405.424.7757 or visit

□ I am requesting a vegetarian meal. (Applies only to OKNAMPA, OKME and OKRA Mid-Winter Meeting registrations.) Name Title Institution Address City, State, Zip Work Phone Cell Phone E-mail Second Registrant Name/Title (MARC only) Second Registrant Phone/E-mail □ Check enclosed in the amount of $

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Recent gifts to OMA The Association recognizes these members and friends who made recent contributions to the following funds September 1 – November 30, 2011. Advocacy Sponsorship Loretta Y Jackson African American Historical Society Annual Giving Campaign Donors ($100 to $499) Creek Council House Museum Deborah Burke, Tulsa Bill Bryans, Stillwater Marci Donaho, Seminole, in honor of Brenda and Stacy Carolyn Pool, OKC Diane Salamon, Tulsa Lew Ward, Enid Contributors Dale Chlouber, Stillwater Kyle Davies, Norman Mead Ferguson, Woodward Cindy Hale, Tulsa Donald Herron, Idabel Historic Roger Mills Preservation Jennifer Holt, Claremore Suzanne Hylton, Sayre Traci Jinkens, Moore Victoria Book Lupia, Tulsa Tom & Robin Mooney, in memory of Marion Hagerstrand Cova Williams, Duncan Conference Donations/ Sponsorships Contributors Ann Thompson, OKC Endowment Donors ($100 to $499) Bill Bryans, Stillwater Contributors Julie Droke, in memory of Laura Streich Ford Bell Luncheon Donations Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center Fundraiser Donations/ Sponsorships Contributors Bill Bryans, Stillwater Jennifer Holt, Claremore General Donations/Sponsorships Contributors Bill Bryans, Stillwater Ken Busby, Tulsa Green T/OMA Auction Donors Donors ($100 to $499) From the Vine

Iris Muno Jordan, Edmond Price Tower Arts Center Carol Wilson, Edmond Doug Zook, Broken Bow Contributors Tanya Andrews, Claremore Susan Baley, Norman Bill Bryans, Stillwater Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center Jan Davis, Norman Edward Granger, OKC John Hernandez, Lawton Jennifer Holt, Claremore Marina Metevelis, Tulsa Kristin Mravinec, Lawton Frank Phillips Home Jeanne Prince, Guthrie Beverly Terry, Edmond Sherri Vance, OKC OMA 40 Poster Sponsorship Contributors Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa Bartlesville Area History Museum Chickasaw Nation Museums and Historic Sites Chisholm Trail Heritage Center Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center Creek Council House Museum Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum Grady County Historical Society Museum Leonardo’s Discovery Warehouse Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art Marland Estate Melton Art Reference Library Museum of the Great Plains Museum of the Red River National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Oklahoma City Museum of Art Oklahoma City Zoological Park and Botanical Garden Oklahoma History Center Sam Noble Museum Science Museum Oklahoma Western Oklahoma Historical Center Will Rogers Memorial Museums Scholarship Fund Contributors Bill Bryans, Stillwater Jessie Hopper, OKC Stephanie Shafer, McAlester Teresa Turner

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.

Museum Advocacy continued from page 5 • Read current issue briefs on legislation and policy affecting museums at www. at_a_glance.htm • Watch video clips of legislators talking about the value of museums at www. for_museums.htm • Invite your elected officials to visit your museum at www. index.cfm/siteid/AAM/ action/TakeAction.Contact/ lettergroupid/5 • Check out “Speak Up for Museums: The AAM Guide to Advocacy” (AAM Press) from the Oklahoma Museums Association lending library


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 Ian Swart is the new Archivist & Collections Manager of Tulsa Historical Society. Woody at One Hundred: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration 1912-2012 opens at the Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, on February 5. For information, visit http://gilcrease. Greta Magnusson Grossman: A Car and Some Shorts opens at Price Tower Arts Center, Bartlesville, on January 20. For information, visit Memory, an interactive exhibit, is open at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium, Tulsa. For information, visit www.

District 2

Jennifer Holt, District 2 Rep. Will Rogers Memorial Museums 918. 343.8124 Amelia Chamberlain is the new Director of Har-Ber Village, Grove. Visit the mines and the Amazon jungle of Brazil with staff from the Museum of the Red River, Idabel. Trip is scheduled for March 24-April 2, 2012. For information and itinerary, contact the museum at 580.286.3616.

The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, Muskogee, recently received a $12,000 grant from Vince Gill, a 1999 inductee, to help complete construction of a state-of-the-art children’s music exhibit.

OHC Project during the Oklahoma Humanities Awards on March 22, 2012. A Tapestry Tour was sponsored by the Southern Prairie Library System and the Museum of the Western Prairie, Altus.

Brother vs. Brother the Cherokee Civil War exhibit is open at the Cherokee Heritage Center, Tahlequah, through April 15. For information, visit www.

Upcoming events for the World War II Airborne Demonstration Team, Frederick, may be found at www.

District 3

Dan Provo, District 5 Rep. Oklahoma History Center 405.522.5248

David Keathly, District 3 Rep. Marland Estate 580.767.0420 Max Ary is the new Creative Advisor for Stafford Air and Space Museum, Weatherford. A Samson M windmill originally manufactured from 1930-1942 was recently installed at the Shattuck Windmill Museum and Park, Shattuck. For more information, visit The Oklahoma WONDERtorium, Stillwater, recently opened in its new location. Plan your visit at www. The Sheerar Museum of Stillwater History, Stillwater, will temporarily close during January and February to begin expansion and update of the exhibit gallery. A $25,000 grant from the Buel Staton Trust is funding the renovation.

District 4

Regina Berna, District 4 Rep. Chickasaw Nation Museums & Historic Sites 580.371.9835

District 5

The Oklahoma Arts Council, OKC, welcomes Kim Baker as their new Executive Director and Karen Douglas as Deputy Director. Maureen Heffernan is the new Executive Director of Myriad Gardens Foundation, OKC. The Native American Cultural & Educational Authority, OKC, has named Blake Wade as Executive Director and Gena Timberman as Director of the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum. Science Museum Oklahoma, OKC, has begun a $30 million capital campaign for renovation of the museum entrance and a new exhibit introducing science to young children. Light Foot • Strong Heart opens at Red Earth Museum and Gallery, OKC, on January 16. For information, visit

Jennie Buchanan is the new Director for Museum of the Western Prairie, Altus. The Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, Duncan, will be a host site for the 6th Annual Trail Dance Film Festival. For information, visit www. A Tapestry Tour of Five Historic Sites in Southwest Oklahoma will be recognized as an Outstanding

Henry Hunter (Sac & Fox/Otoe) by John Jernigan Oklahoma and the Day that will Live in Infamy is open at Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma City. For information, visit www.


Peace Medals Symbols of Influence and Prestige in North America December 4, 2011 Through April 1, 2012

Gilcrease MuseuM a university of Tulsa/city of Tulsa Partnership

1400 North Gilcrease Museum Road, Tulsa, OK • 918-596-2700 • • TU is an EEO/AA institution.

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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Oklahoma City RedHawks AAA Affiliate of the Houston Astros

Oklahoma Museums Day at the Ball Park Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Tucson Padres Sunday, May 13th at 2:05pm Tickets are only $10 and include: 

Field Seating in the OMA section


Limited Edition RedHawks Baseball Cap


PlayBall! Game Program


A fun afternoon for museum friends


Entry into our daily group raffle


Oklahoma Museums Day will be displayed on the video board during the game

Don’t be left out! Order your tickets today at: Or

Contact: Oklahoma Museums Association 405.424.7757

Deadline to order is Friday April 20, 2012

Kick off Oklahoma Museums Week and celebrate 40 years of OMA at this fun event ! All OMA members, families & friends are encouraged to attend as well as members of all Oklahoma museums! Oklahoma City RedHawks 2 South Mickey Mantle Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73104

Ticket Order Form

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Deadline to receive payment is April 20, 2012 at 5:00pm Tickets will be mailed by May 1


MuseNEWS Winter 2012  

News for and about museums in Oklahoma.