The Osage Nation Museum is one of 28 institutions to receive Institute of Museum and Library Services funding for an upcoming training and professional development two-year project. The ONM will receive $23,609 under a new funding initiative that is part of IMLS’s Museums for America grant program.

Nearly 150 institutions applied for the grant program.

“As centers of learning and catalysts of community change, libraries and museums connect people with programs, services, collections, information, and new ideas in the arts, sciences, and humanities. They serve as vital spaces where people can connect with each other,” said IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. “IMLS is proud to support their work through our grantmaking as they inform and inspire all in their communities.”

Curator Hallie Winter said “Through this grant, we have an opportunity to continue our mission of educating the public and preserving our collections by providing training and professional development to our museum staff to fully explore, understand, and optimize our capacity to use the ONM’s collection management system and allow staff to explore best practices for photographing and digitizing museum collections.”

The project “Enduring Culture: Preparing ONM Staff for Collection Digitization” will advance the ONM staff’s abilities to meet the goals set out in the 25-Year Osage Nation Strategic Plan, Principal Chief Standing Bear’s Goals, and the goals within the ONM’s Annual Plan. The professional development obtained by staff will allow for the implementation of best practices and standards in collections care and will provide the groundwork for future generations of museum employees.

After completion of the recent Museum Assessment Program administered by the American Alliance of Museums, the ONM was well prepared to address the needs set forth in the Peer Reviewer’s final report. One grant reviewer from IMLS said “The Osage Nation Museum has made a strong argument in support of this project, which directly addresses needs identified by the MAP and follows the advice of peer reviewers. It is clear that the organization has given careful consideration to their needs assessment and the most pragmatic means of addressing areas needing improvement. Anticipated project results are not only feasible but clearly, build capacity for the organization and will serve as a building block for more ambitious projects. This is a great professional development opportunity for museum staff to use as a launchpad for more complex projects and, hopefully, more opportunities to expand their individual roles.”

About the Osage Nation Museum

The premier destination to experience Osage history, art, and culture

Visit the Osage Nation Museum in historic Pawhuska. Our continuously changing exhibits convey the story of the Osage people throughout history and celebrate Osage culture today. Highlights include an extensive photograph collection, historical artifacts, and traditional and contemporary art. Founded in 1938, the ONM is the oldest tribally-owned museum in the United States.

Admission and parking are free.