Community , Culture

Osage Nation Museum Curator selected for fellowship

Osage Nation Museum Curator Hallie Winter has won a travel fellowship to attend the American Alliance of Museums Annual Meeting and Museum Expo in St. Louis, Mo., from May 7-10.

“I am proud to be going there to represent not only the Osage Museum but tribal museums in general,” Winter said in a press release. “I think a lot of times with national museum organizations, it’s easy for smaller museums and especially tribal museums to get lost in the shuffle.”

The $750 AAM travel fellowship is highly competitive and required an essay about why it was important for her to attend. She said attending the event is critical to the progressive development of the museum’s efforts to become fully accredited by the AAM. She is scheduled to present at the Museum Expo and the title of her presentation is: Museum Rehab: Starting Over at the Osage Nation Museum.

Winter said this year’s Museum Expo theme is, “Gateways for Understanding: Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion at museums.”

In her essay she wrote, “I believe [the theme] is essential to tribal museum operations and survival. Tribal museums must combat many of these issues: diversity in representation; equity in point of view; accessibility in content; and inclusion in story-telling.”

In addition to valuable networking and information, Winter will be presenting at the annual meeting and expo about her experiences as the curator of ONM and how she and her staff have creatively maximized limited resources to update the museum and effectively preserve and protect the museum’s unique collections, according to the release.

For more information about the Osage Nation Museum and its exhibits, visit their website at: https://www.osagenation-nsn.gov/museum