Tribal museum director retires after 17 years

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

Kathryn Red Corn retired recently as director of the Osage Tribal Museum, a position she had held for 17 years.

Tribal officials said Red Corn will continue to serve as one of the seven elected members of the Osage Minerals Council. Her current term is due to expire in 2018. She also intends to remain involved with several OTM projects, the officials said.

Lou Brock, a research specialist who has worked at the museum since 2005, will serve as the OTM’s interim curator.

Red Corn’s tenure with the museum began in the late 1990s, during a time when the tribal government of the Osages was undergoing dramatic changes. After gaining the appointment as director, Red Corn was successful in restoring order at the museum and protecting its many tribal artifacts.

A longtime resident of the Pawhuska Indian Village, Red Corn had a deep understanding of the Osage culture and customs. The former director’s experience working with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and other federal agencies also proved to be beneficial for her in the role with the OTM.

In addition to being responsible for innumerable events such as guest lectures and book signings, the recently-retired director was hostess two years ago for the museum’s 75th-anniversary celebration. Red Corn was the guest of honor at an April 11 retirement party and roast at downtown Pawhuska’s Water Bird Gallery.

The OTM opened in 1938 and is the country’s oldest tribally-owned museum. It is located at 819 Grandview Ave.