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Oklahoma Museums Week

May 12th, 2013 All Day - May 18th, 2013

 

The Oklahoma Museums Association and Oklahoma Arts Council are joining with Oklahoma museums, historical societies, historic sites, zoos and botanical gardens, historic houses, living history museums, tribal cultural centers and other cultural organizations and museum-related institutions statewide to celebrate Oklahoma Museums Week, May 12-18.
 
Oklahoma Museums Week is dedicated to celebrating the rich variety of museums in Oklahoma, their contributions to the economy, civic and cultural life and the unique, personal experiences museums offer visitors each and every day. Governor Mary Fallin has been asked to proclaim Oklahoma Museums Week as a time for communities to recognize Oklahoma museums and the contributions they make to preserve Oklahoma’s rich culture. Oklahoma legislators as well as OMA members will receive a museums advocacy piece in early May.
Oklahoma Museums Week is sponsored in part by Loretta Y. Jackson African American Historical Society and Will Rogers Memorial Museums. A special thanks to Governor Fallin for issuing the following proclamation:
Oklahoma Museums Week Proclamation
Whereas, Oklahoma is home to 500 museums and cultural organizations that are located in every region of the state that serve as educational institutions, preservation agencies, agencies of scientific research, and cultural centers; and
Whereas, Oklahoma museums represent a multitude of disciplines and learning experiences, including art museums, historical societies, historic sites, zoos, aquariums, science centers, botanical gardens, historic houses, natural history, children’s museums, living history museums, tribal cultural centers and museums; and
Whereas, Oklahoma museums encourage curiosity and provide a source of enjoyment and education for every generation and every community across the state and enhance those provided by the public sector; and
Whereas, Oklahoma museums nourish minds and spirits by fostering contemplation, exploration, critical thinking, and dialogue to advance knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of history, science, the arts and the natural world; and
Whereas, Oklahoma museums forge relationships with community partners, such as schools, libraries, neighborhood and social service organizations, to foster civic understanding; and
Whereas, Oklahoma museums are vital to the preservation, interpretation, and presentation of Oklahoma’s heritage; 
Whereas, Oklahoma museums contribute significantly to the livability and economic viability of the state and its communities, create jobs, and attract tourists, local visitors and businesses; and
Whereas, the Oklahoma Museums Association has served to bring important recognition of this commemorative week and invites all museums, Oklahoma residents, and local governments to use this milestone to recognize and celebrate the contributions of Oklahoma museums as they serve communities, the nation, and the world; and
Now, therefore hereby proclaim May 12-18, 2013 as Oklahoma Museums Week.
And urge Oklahoma residents to participate in and celebrate the contributions that museums make to the great State of Oklahoma.