Museum staff updates…

Posted on 07/30/2007

Director Richard  Ellwanger (right) makes a July appearance promoting the Museum on, a web-based travel and tourism program broadcast from Norman, OK.Throughout the year, staff members work diligently to promote the Museum and Wewoka far and wide and to further our presence in the museum community.

Since our last update, the staff has continued to attend workshops, meetings, seminars, educational venues and outreach events to improve our skills and knowledge as museum professionals and to share our experience and expertise with others.

Assistant curator Lewis Johnson, in addition to the numerous in-house school programs he gives throughout the year, has made several educational outreach trips across the state. These include summer reading programs and storytelling trips to area libraries. Also on his agenda is attending the National Conference of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums in Oklahoma City during late October. Late last year, Lewis was busy putting the finishing touches on the traveling exhibit he helped design through his Smithsonian fellowship (see above article.) In September, he will once again make an appearance at the Oklahoma History Center as a part of the annual SeptemberFest educational venue in Oklahoma City. The living history program that Johnson and fellow exhibitor Jimmie Sanders put on is always a big hit with the children at the festival.

Executive Director Richard Ellwanger has had a busy year attending professional venues across Oklahoma as well as promoting the Museum and Wewoka community in various media outlets.

In an executive capacity, Ellwanger attended a three-day workshop for museum directors in the spring held at the new Comanche Museum in Lawton. In June he served as a panelist on a focus group for the Oklahoma Museums Association. The purpose of the session was to analyze and assess the needs of the state museum community and suggest ways the OMA can better serve their constituent membership. In early August he will attend a professional grant writing workshop in Dallas, while later that month he and Lewis Johnson and Karen Smith will attend a three day seminar on Native Museum Practices.

In October, Ellwanger and Registrar Karen Smith will also attend workshops on the accessioning and registration of museum artifacts and collections as part of the Inasmuch Foundation grant received in May.

In February of 2007 Ellwanger was appointed chairman of the Arts Standards Committee of the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission. He had previously served as vice-chair of the committee.