Conference


Future OMA Conferences

September 23-25, 2015 - Woodward

September 21-23, 2016 - Bartlesville


For more information on hosting a future OMA conference, please review the Facility and Community Application.

Download the Preliminary Program.

September 23-25, 2015 at the Woodward Conference Center

Conference registration is now open. Register here.

Early-bird discount registration deadline is August 10
Regular registration deadline is September 3

 

Exhibitor space, conference sponsorship opportunities and advertising rates are available now! Download the information packet.

See the current exhibit hall layout with confirmed exhibitors here

Conference Information

Conference Keynote Speaker

The keynote speaker for the conference is James H. Bruns.  The topic of his presentation is Life's Lessons Learned.

Jim is a museum sage full of valuable information which our Oklahoma museums will sure want to embrace. . He is currently responsible for the Command's Naval Museum System Operations and serves as the Assistant Director for Museum System Operations, with responsibility for the oversight, coordination, and administrative requirements of the Navy museum network. He also directs the National Museum of the United States Navy, the Navy's "flagship" museum, located at the Washington Navy Yard.

During his 30-year Federal and not-for-profit career, Jim Bruns has served as a Smithsonian curator, museum director, and deputy to the Assistant Secretary for American Museum and National Systems. He was the head of fundraising for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., with responsibility for coordinating the raising of $164 million.  He was the founding director of the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum, his first construction project, which was completed in three years, on-time and under budget.

Prior to being appointed as Director of the National Museum of the United States Navy in 2011, he served as association presidents for the Atlanta Historical Society and the Theodore Roosevelt Association, as well as a Vice President for Montclair State University, New Jersey's second largest university. While in Atlanta, he led the Atlanta Historical Society's successful negotiations to acquire the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum, managed the restoration of three historic properties, assembled the most comprehensive Civil War collection in the country, and assisted the City of Atlanta in displaying the Martin Luther King Jr. Collection. 

A graduate of the University of Maryland, Jim Bruns is the author of 11 books on postal history and philately. 

Conference Hosts
  • Woodward Convention & Visitors Bureau - Woodward Conference Center
  • Northwestern Oklahoma State University
  • Plains Indians & Pioneers Museum
  • Woodward Arts Theatre & Josie Adams Cultural Centre
  • Waynoka Historical Society
  • Major County Historical Society
Conference Sponsors
  • Oklahoma Arts Council
  • Kirkpatrick Family Fund
  • Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden
  • Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center
  • Woodward Convention & Visitors Bureau - Woodward Conference Center
  • Northwestern Oklahoma State University
  • Frankfurt Short Bruza Associates, P.C.
  • Martin & Martin Design
  • University of Oklahoma College of Liberal Studies
  • Vann & Associates | PR + Marketing
  • Jasmine Moran Children's Museum
  • Plains Indians & Pioneers Museum
Awards Program and Conference Awards Luncheon

The OMA awards entry deadline was June 11.  Award winners will be announced in August.

The OMA awards luncheon will be held Friday, September 25, 2015 at the Woodward Conference Center in Woodward, Oklahoma. 

Conference Lodging

Transportation is on your own.

Conference attendees should book their lodging as soon as possible, as lodging availability is limited in the area.

Hampton Inn & Suites Woodward
When calling to make a reservation at the Hampton Inn & Suites Woodward, let them know you are with the Oklahoma Museums Association conference to receive the following rates.  Conference rates cannot be booked online.  Deadline to book at conference rate is September 1, 2015.

Hampton Inn & Suites Woodward
2814 Williams Avenue, Woodward, OK 73801
Phone 1.580.254.5050

Rate of $109 + tax for single, double or suite.  All rates include hot breakfast, fitness center and high speed internet service.  Choice of non-smoking or smoking room.

Candlewood Suites Woodward
When calling to make a reservation at the Candlewood Suites Woodward, let them know you are with the Oklahoma Museums Association conference to receive the following rates.  Conference rates cannot be booked online.  Deadline to book at conference rate is September 8, 2015.

Candlewood Suites Woodward
3350 Oklahoma Avenue, Woodward, OK 73801
Phone 1.580.254.5200

Rate of $89 + tax for single or double.  All rates include movie library, fitness center, full kitchens and internet service. All rooms are non-smoking.

Conference Scholarships

Scholarships to attend the conference are available. The deadline to register is Monday, August 3, 2015. Two scholarship types are available: Two-Day Participant (scholarship covers the two-day registration rate) and One-Day Speaker (scholarship covers the one-day registration rate for conference speakers). OMA members can apply for a scholarship here.

Conference Exhibitors
    • Certified Folder Display, Inc.
    • Donning Company Publishers
    • Elliott + Associates Architects
    • Exhibit Concepts, Inc.
    • Frankfurt-Short-Bruza Associates, P.C.
    • ITIN Museum Services
    • Martin & Martin Design
    • Oklahoma Arts Council
    • Silver Leaf Gems
    • Southwest Solutions Group
    • University of Oklahoma College of Liberal Studies 
    • University of Oklahoma Press
    • University of Tulsa/Museum Science and Management Program
    • Vann & Associates | PR + Marketing
    • Western Center for the Conservation of Fine Arts

 

Conference Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received by September 3 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.