Cowskin Prairie Chapter
Baxter Springs, Kansas - United Daughters of the Confederacy
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Professional Workshop

Grove City Hall (Community Center)

Press Release

Regional Professional’s will gain unique insight from the historian's workshop planned in March. Those with reservations will gather at Grove, Oklahoma City Hall Tuesday, March 3, 2015 for a full day of learning about disaster preparedness and the professional’s roll, should the unthinkable happen. Those with a professional interest from a variety of sectors, from Tribal, Institutional, Organizational, Academic, and beyond are welcome.

Presenting information about the fundamentals of how to develop and implement a plan that will aid in recovering valuable data, documents, and artifacts, will be William Welge, Director of the Office of American Indian Culture and Preservation, Oklahoma Historical Society and Tara Damron, Assistant Curator of American Indian Collections, Oklahoma History Center.

Bill Welge is a certified archivist with the Academy of Certified Archivists and presently serves on the executive board of the Society of Southwest Archivists a six state regional archival organization. Welge was director of the Oklahoma Historical Society Research Division from 1990-2013.

Tara Damron received her Bachelor of Arts in Native American studies with sociology minor from the University of Oklahoma in 2004.  She is currently working on her Master’s degree from San Jose State University in Archives and Records Administration.  Tara has worked for the Oklahoma Historical Society since 2003 to present and has worked with Welge on various site assessments for Tribal Museums and County museums around Oklahoma.  She has a professional background in museum studies and has worked with various institutions including the National Museum of the American Indian, Tribal museums and others around the country for the loan and lending of objects for various Native American shows and exhibits.  Tara is a member of the Osage Nation from the Gray Horse District and is currently involved in all aspects of Osage cultural and tribal activities. 

This day of education begins prior to 9:00 AM with registration and morning pastry. Lunch is included in registration, as well as door prizes and refreshments. Sessions will also feature a segment where documents, photos or artifacts provided by the attendee will be evaluated and a course of preferred preservation treatment will be discussed with those in attendance. While exact schedule and breaks are yet to be finalized, the day is slated to close at 3:00 PM.

More information about this educational opportunity can be found online at, or calling the chairman at 918-542-1160. Of note is the reservation deadline of February 20, 2015.

This is the second professional workshop hosted by Cowskin Prairie Chapter Where No Division (Baxter Springs, Kansas), United Daughters of the Confederacy. The first, also presented in northeast Oklahoma by these same speakers, focused on acquisition and display. The chapter plans on these being just the beginning of many regional workshops designed to aid professional education content and access.

Registration - by February 20

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