Thursday, July 19, 2007

OMA working on definition of a museum....

The OMA Board of Directors is currently working on an accepted definition of a museum. Of course, we want it to be very broad as to encompass all types of museums. Below is a draft in which to start a discussion. Please let us know your thoughts on defining a museum........

Draft definition:
A museum as recognized by the Oklahoma Museums Association, may be defined as an organization which uses a professional staff or the equivalent, whether paid or unpaid, that is primarily engaged in the acquisition, care and/or exhibition to the public of objects owned or used by the institution. Further, a museum is understood to possess the following characteristics: 1) is organized on a permanent or regular basis for essentially educational and/or aesthetic purposes; 2) owns or uses tangible objects, either animate or inanimate; 3) cares for these objects; and 4) exhibits these objects to the general public on a regular basis at or in a facility which it owns or operates. The definition of a museum may include but need not necessarily be limited to both governmental and private museums of anthropology, art, historical societies, historic houses, sites and battlefields, nature centers, living history museums, planetariums, science and technology centers, tribal cultural centers, zoos and botanical gardens.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Lots of Great Training Coming Up for Native Museums and Cultural Centers!!!

I would encourage the many Oklahoma tribal museums and cultural centers to take a look at the upcoming training opportunities!!! I believe they will be wonderful!

One-Day Free Workshops for Native Museum Practices
The following one-day workshops, co-sponsored by the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), are free to participants from the states of Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Arkansas. These sessions are designed for staff of Native museums, but staff members of non-Native museums may attend. Advance registration is required and space is limited, with no more than three attendees per institution per day. Workshop sessions will be held at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center, 1899 S. Gordon Cooper Drive, Shawnee, OK. To register or for more information call Stacy Pero at 405.878.5830.
Tuesday, August 21 - Museum Basics
Wednesday, August 22 - Museum Object Collections: Policies, Plans, Committees, and Community
Thursday, August 23 - Living with Contaminated Objects and Native American Museums and the Community
Friday, August 24 - Pest Control Practices for Small Museums

The Oklahoma Museums Association would like to know if there is any interest in forming a Tribal Museums and Cultural Centers Standing Professional Committee. There will be an informal meeting at the Annual Fall Conference networking luncheon on September 27. If you are interested in the SPC, please contact OMA at 405.424.7757.

Conference to Spotlight Native American Archives, Libraries and Museums
American Indian librarians, historians, tribal leaders and others interested in tribal cultural preservation will gather at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in downtown Oklahoma City from October 23-25, 2007 for a national conference of tribal archives, libraries, and museums. The 2007 event builds on two previous conferences that were held in Arizona during 2003 and 2005.

This year’s conference, "Guardians of Language, Memory and Lifeways: Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums,” is hosted by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with support from the Oklahoma Museums Association, Red Earth, Inc., and tribal representatives from throughout the state. An envisioning committee, made up of leaders from throughout the nation, is providing guidance on issues of critical importance to tribal cultural entities.

The two-and-a-half day conference will provide concurrent sessions, keynote presentations, hands-on workshops, and a variety of networking opportunities. A series of day-long pre-conference workshops are scheduled for Monday, October 22.

Major funding for the conference is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, and the Western Council of State Libraries.

For registration, exhibitor, sponsorship, or other information on the Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums Conference, visit or phone the conference office at 405-522-3515.