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OMA currently offers its members an annual regional workshop in the spring and an annual conference in the fall. We also support regional Meet Ups across the state, which can be casual or more structured. Interested in hosting a Meet Up in your area? Email us at connect@oregonmuseums.org to see how we can support you.

    • 23 Apr 2019
    • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Ritter's Housemade Foods, 102 Liberty St NE, Salem, OR

    Are you attending the Arts & Culture Advocacy Day in Salem on April 23, 2019? OMA is planning an informal Meet Up afterwards to debrief, brainstorm future strategies, or just socialize with others in the arts and museum communities. 

    Even if you're not attending Advocacy Day, come by and join us for happy hour to meet other museum professionals!

    4:30 to 6:30 pm

    Ritter's Housemade Foods (4 blocks form the capitol)
    102 Liberty Street NE Suite 100
     Salem, OR 97301

    RSVP to connect@oregonmuseums.org

    • 13 May 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Benton County Museum, 1101 Main Street, Philomath, Oregon

    Presentation by Joseph Govednik and Sarah Samson

    The quiet workrooms and storage areas of museums house a number of items that present danger to unsuspecting museum staff and others. Of primary concern are firearms and ammunition. But many explosive, flammable, and/or poisonous chemicals contaminate objects routinely displayed in museums.  From residues found on agricultural tools to vintage medicine bottles, unseen chemicals can be as potent today as when first applied.

    Join us and discover how best to identify and deal with collection items that are potentially dangerous: from the obvious (handguns, rifles, and swords) to the unexpected (taxidermied animals and Native American baskets treated with arsenic).

    During the workshop, Sarah and Joseph will provide helpful guidelines to facilitate identification of unexpected safety problems in your own collection. The proper handling, care, documentation, and storage of a variety of hazardous materials will be discussed. Joseph and Sarah will explore the practical and ethical issues surrounding the care of historic artifacts. Who may handle what? When? What state/local agencies regulate the handling of these materials?

    • Share examples from your museum’s holdings.
    • Participants are cautioned to share only photographs or digital images. 
    • Digital images will be projected on screen and shared with the group.

    NOTE: To receive the $35 member discounted registration, you must log in to your account before registering. 

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 8604, Portland, OR 97207
Contact: connect@oregonmuseums.org 
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