Conference


Future OMA Conferences

September 20-22, 2017 - Lawton

September 19-21, 2018 - Edmond

September 18-20, 2019




For more information on hosting a future OMA conference, please send an inquiry email to Brenda Granger

Note: all conference communities must commit to raising at least $7,000 in local funding and/or in-kind services for the conference (not including hotel meeting rooms or other amenities given in exchange for sleeping room reservations).  In addition, it is expected the lodging location will provide two complimentary sleeping rooms for the duration for the OMA staff.

NOTICE:  The Lawton - Fort Sill Hilton Garden Inn is the ONLY contracted hotel for the OMA conference.  If any conference participant is contacted by a business or organization claiming they are booking rooms for the OMA Expo, please know this is not true.  OMA Conference participants are asked to book their rooms directly with the Lawton - Fort Sill Hilton Garden Inn, contact information below.


Join us for the 2017 Annual Conference in Lawton, Oklahoma
September 20-22, 2017 at the Hilton Garden Inn Lawton Fort Sill and Convention Center
Hosted by Museum of the Great Plains and Lawton Fort Sill Convention and Visitors Bureau

Conference Registration is OPEN.  Register for the conference here  (If you preregistered for the conference before December 31, 2016, you will be receiving a special conference link with the discounted conference rate. Please do not register with the link on this page.)

View the 2017 Preliminary Program here.

Session proposals are now closed.  The OMA Conference Committee will be discussing proposals and contacting speakers by late March/early April.

2017 Conference Sponsors (to date)
Oklahoma Arts Council
Kirkpatrick Family Fund
Museum of the Great Plains
Lawton Fort Sill Convention and Visitors Bureau
Lawton - Fort Sill Hilton Garden Inn 
Elliott + Associates Architects
ITIN Museum Services
Jasmine Moran Children's Museum
Martin&Martin Design
Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory Board\
Route 66 Alliance
University of Oklahoma College of Liberal Studies
Vann & Associates | PR + Marketing

Want to be a conference sponsor?  View sponsorship information here


2017 Conference Exhibitors (to date)
Certified Folder Display Service, Inc.
Elliott + Associates Architects
Exhibit Concepts, Inc.
ITIN Museum Services 
Martin&Martin Design
Southwest Solutions Group, Inc.
The Donning Company Publishers
University of Oklahoma College of Liberal Studies
University of Oklahoma Press
Vann & Associates

Download the OMA Conference exhibitor information packet here. Space is limited.

Conference Information

Conference Hotel

Conference sessions are located at the Lawton - Fort Sill Hilton Garden Inn. Transportation is on your own to off site events. Conference attendees should book their lodging as soon as possible.

Lawton - Fort Sill Hilton Garden Inn 
135 NW 2nd Street
Lawton, OK 76501

Phone 1.580.280.2100

When making a reservation, indicate you are with the Oklahoma Museums Association (OMA) conference to receive the following rate. Conference rate must be booked by calling the hotel directly at 1.580.280.2100 and asking for the OMA group discount. Deadline to book at conference rate is August 21, 2017.

Rate of $91.00 + tax for single or double. Rate includes complimentary Wi-Fi, outdoor pool with whirlpool, 24-hour fitness center, 24-hour business center, and a full-service restaurant and bar on the property. Rate does not include breakfast.

OMA Awards Program

Continuing this year is an enhanced celebration to recognize award recipients which will be held the evening of Thursday, September 21 in Lawton, Oklahoma. This celebration is part of the OMA Annual Conference. The evening includes dinner with cash bar, a live auction and, of course, an uplifting awards presentation. The awards celebration is included with full registration for the OMA Annual Conference and separate tickets for the celebration only are available for purchase.  More information will be posted in the spring.

Conference Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received by August 25 are eligible for a refund unless otherwise noted. 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 not received.

OMA reserves the right to cancel a program at any time.  In the event of such a cancellation, participants will receive a full registration refund.  OMA is not responsible for any expenses, travel or otherwise, incurred as a result of participation in our cancellation of a program.

Consent to Use Photographic Images

Registration and attendance at or participation in OMA conference and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to OMA's use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the registrant or attendee’s image.