OMA invites you to John Day, Oregon to explore this year’s conference theme, Finding Common Ground. As museum professionals, we can inspire community collaboration and serve as sites for social dialogue on challenging topics and current events. We are asking participants to share stories and strategies for how we can strengthen our museums through cultural inclusion and community engagement.
New! See the conference program.
Jennifer Fang, PhD
See the conference schedule: 10 sessions, keynote speakers, meet the funders event, pre-conference tours, dinners and social/networking activities.
Monday night community walkabout and BBQ dinner (9/16)
Join us in an evening exploring Historic Canyon City, OR on Monday, September 16, 2019. Enjoy exclusive access to some of Grant County’s most beloved historic sites while catching up with colleagues, eating delicious BBQ and desserts, and participating in some outdoor activities. And, did we mention the annual Silent Auction? Place your final bids for some amazing prizes. We can’t wait to see you there. Some of the fun you'll be having includes:
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The road trip to John Day is one of the best Oregon has to offer. “Where the high desert meets the mountains.” September is one of the most beautiful months for scenery with the fall foliage in full bloom. Grant County features pine forests, mountains, lush range lands and sweeping river valleys.
You will have opportunities to visit the Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site; the John Day Fossil Beds and Thomas Condon Paleontology Center, and Cant Ranch; DeWitt Museum at Depot Park; and the Grant County Historical Museum.
The conference will be held high above the city at the Grant County Regional Airport. The John Day/Grant County Regional Airport is one of the newest, most energy efficient, environmentally friendly structures of its kind anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. It was designed as a multi-use facility and has completely outfitted conference and training rooms.
The passion, pride and small-town spirit of Grant County’s 7,100 people will be evident in the special greetings, events and surprises we have in store for conference attendees.
If you have questions or ideas, email OMA Conference Chair, Ann Dowdy, or call 541-226-1270.
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September 10-12, 2017