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OMA  offers online webinars and workshops. Below is a list of past webinars, available for viewing for OMA members.

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Past webinars and workshops

Sins of omission: Addressing the legacy of the Oregon Historical Society as a pioneer memorial association. June 2021

The Oregon Historical Society’s roots stretch deeper than most cultural heritage institutions in the Pacific Northwest. With a history of over 122 years of active collecting, it holds one of the largest archival and museum collections in the region. OHS’ legacy of acquisition and description is skewed and narrowed by its origins as a pioneer memorial association. It is incumbent on OHS leadership and staff to confront and address the various expressions of this legacy. Staff members from several departments will discuss ways they incorporate radical empathy in the work they do to address the issue. The panel was recently presented as part of the Northwest Archivists 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting.

Presenters:

  • Laura Cray, Digital Services Librarian at OHS
  • Eliza E. Canty-Jones, Editor of the Oregon Historical Quarterly and Director of Community Engagement at OHS
  • Nicole Yasuhara, Deputy Museum Director at OHS
  • Erin Brasell, Managing Editor of the Oregon Historical Quarterly and Managing Editor and Co-founder of Dear Oregon, OHS’s blog
  • Dana Miller is Collection Management Librarian at OHS

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Will the last person leaving please turn off the lights? How to properly disband a museum and liquidate its assets. April 2021

Will the last person leaving please turn off the lights? How to properly disband a museum and liquidate its assets. April 2021

Presenters: 

  • Joseph Govednik, Museum Director, Cowlitz County Historical Museum
  • R. Lewis Ferguson, former Director, World of Speed Museum (now closed)
  • Jenn Clemo, Director of Nonprofit Leadership & Resources, Nonprofit Association of Oregon

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced some museums to permanently close, presenting their staffs and boards with unexpected legal and ethical questions about what would become of their assets. This program will use examples from shuttered museums to address how to go about dissolving a collection and liquidating its assets. Resources from museum workers and state agencies will help institutions take steps now to prepare for an unexpected closure in the future.

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Listening to help integrate values-based equity: Guest curator Stephanie Littlebird in conversation with Five Oaks Museum. February 2021

Listening to help integrate values-based equity: Guest curator Stephanie Littlebird in conversation with Five Oaks Museum. February 2021

Presenters

  • Stephanie Littlebird Fogel (Grand Ronde, Kalapuya) is a visual artist, professional writer and curator of “This IS Kalapuyan Land” at Five Oaks Museum.
  • Molly Alloy and Nathanael Andreini are Co-directors at the Five Oaks Museum.

Five Oaks Museum uses a values-centered and heart-centered approach to their work. They have switched to a guest curator model, allowing curators to decide the exhibition, which, in turn, has implications for how that exhibition affects the structure of the museum.

You don’t do equity in bits and pieces. By collaborating with others to explore how art, culture and history shape the past and influence the future, Five Oaks helps visitors connect to a collective local history made up of community voices and the important stories they tell. Join Stephanie, Molly and Nathanael as they talk about the process of curating and exhibiting “This IS Kalapuyan Land.” Bring your own personal value(s) you hold close and discuss how to institutionalize them in your museum and work.

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Moving Forward with NAGPRA Virtual workshop. November 2020

Moving Forward with NAGPRA Virtual workshop. November 2020

Presenters:

  • Deana Dartt, Principal, Live Oak Consulting
  • Pamela Endzweig, Anthropological Collections Director, Museum of Natural and Cultural History, University of Oregon
  • Robert Kentta, Cultural Resources Director, Siletz Tribe
  • Dana Whitelaw, Executive Director, High Desert Museum

This 3.5 hour workshop focuses on the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) enacted in 1990. The law’s precise impact on museums will be examined. Panel members with specialized NAGPRA knowledge will share specific information—compliance requirements, collection evaluation, outreach to Native tribes—and share their tribe's and museum's experience with the repatriation process. Participants will come away with a better understanding of NAGPRA and how you can put these tools to use in your organization.

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Talking with your museum community: COVID-19-friendly adaptations and considerations. September 2020

Talking with your museum community: COVID-19-friendly adaptations and considerations. September 2020

Presenter: Taline A. Kuyumjian, Founder and Principal Evaluator, Kuyumjian Consulting, LLC

This 90-minute, interactive webinar will offer an overview of traditional data collection; show how to adapt methods to be COVID-19-friendly; and identify new ways of talking to our communities across a range of platforms. We will discuss how to prioritize and be mindful in the questions we ask; and look at accessibility and ethical considerations of gathering feedback in the new “COVID-19 normal.”

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