Friday, January 29, 2010

OMA Has a Facebook Page

Yea! Oklahoma Museums Association now has a FaceBook Page!!! Be our friend.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Planning for 2010 Conference

We are excited to have a joint meeting in 2010 with the American Association for State and Local History from Sept 22-25 in OKC! Session proposals are due in a few days - November 16th! It is going to be a great national conference! Hope all our Oklahoma museums put it on their calendars!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Museum Photos

Yea! OMA now has photos of our Oklahoma museums on the OMA website Take a look!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Exhibit Design and Installation Questions

Valued Colleagues:

I am currently engaged in a project to develop an exhibit on William H., “Alfalfa Bill” Murray to be erected in a soon-to-be-renovated building on the OSU campus that bears his name. The exhibit will also examine the history of the building itself. As you may know, Murray is one of the most influential--and controversial--figures in Oklahoma history. He was a leader in the 1905 Sequoyah Convention that sought to create a separate state from Indian Territory, presided over the constitutional convention that led to statehood, was the First Speaker of the House in the State Legislature, served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, and was Governor during some of the darkest days of the Great Depression. He also was an ardent racist and ant-Semite.

The challenges in interpreting Murray, I like to think I can handle. With the help of a graduate assistant, I will develop a script for the exhibit, locate images and artifacts, and quite possibly compose label text. The exact design and installation of the exhibit is where help will be needed. So, I would welcome any comments, advice, and even recommendations you may have on consultants or firms who might be employed to do this. The exact location of the exhibit has yet to be determined, but in order for it to serve its educational purpose it should, in my opinion, be accessible to ordinary visitors to the building, and students especially. In other words, it will be in a rather open and unsecured environment. That being the case, I suspect it will comprise mostly wall of panels with images and text, although the display of artifacts and perhaps an interactive kiosk is not out of the question. Frankly, I am open to any and all suggestions.

A realize this all sounds very vague, but I would welcome any general ideas, input, or suggestions you may. I can assure you they will be appreciated and no doubt of great value as the project proceeds. I may be contacted via e-mail at and by phone at 405-744-8179. I will also be at the OMA conference next week, so feel free to corner me there as well. Many thanks.

Bill Bryans
History Department
Oklahoma State University

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

New OMA Advocacy Piece

Yea! OMA has just printed a new advocacy piece for Oklahoma museums. It will be delivered to the Oklahoma legislature, just in time for Oklahoma Museums Week. Click here to see the piece

Let us know what you think!! OMA is proud of our Oklahoma museums.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Great 2008

Get ready- OMA is planning for a great 2008! We are excited to offer so many wonderful programs and events during the upcoming year. Remember scholarships are available to programming for OMA members!!! We look forward to seeing you many times in 2008!


Monday, December 17, 2007

OMA office will be closed Christmas through New Year's Day

OMA wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday. The OMA office will be closed Christmas through New Year's Day. Remember the OMA website is available 24/7 and full of great resources!

Hope to see you at OMA training in 2008!