Boyd will now have the opportunity to further enrich historical and cultural organizations in the state with his recent appointment to the Oklahoma Museums Association (OMA) Board of Directors.

MIAMI - Ottawa County has a lot to be proud of, including its very own Jordan Boyd.

As the first officially appointed Director of the Dobson Memorial Complex Museum and Home in Miami, Boyd has committed himself to the preservation of Ottawa County's rich and dynamic history.

His passion for the work is clear, from his meticulous oversight of the Dobson's existing displays and archives to his cultivation of new exhibits and broad community involvement.

It only takes a few short minutes of conversation to grasp his efforts are rooted in a humble desire to share the wealth of knowledge he oversees in spite of the lengthy list of accomplishments that easily designate him as a person of great depth and talent.

Boyd will now have the opportunity to further enrich historical and cultural organizations in the state with his recent appointment to the Oklahoma Museums Association (OMA) Board of Directors.

Headquartered in Oklahoma City, the OMA provides professional training and technical information to those working and volunteering at Oklahoma's 500 museums, historic sites, tribal cultural centers, and historical societies.

Board members steer and support the OMA's work and are required to attend approximately three meetings annually, which rotate in location throughout the state and include the organization's yearly conference.

At home with history

A sixth-generation Ottawa Countian, Boyd's roots run deep in the region, but his rising star as a museum professional was not what he had initially envisioned for himself.

Boyd had planned on a career in teaching when entering Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, but after putting in volunteers hours at the museum while at NEO the rest, as they say, was history.

"I was a Dobson Scholar out at NEO and part of the requirements for my scholarship was to come here and do volunteer hours," said Boyd. "At that time I wanted to go to school just to be a teacher. I hadn't even thought about museum work.

"What was neat is that on my very first day here, I was helping Charlene Lingo with identifying old photos, putting them in sleeves and in notebooks. Then one of the pictures I ran across was of my grandmother. It was nice to see that personal connection."

Boyd went on to receive an A.A. in Social Sciences from NEO A&M, then a B.A. in History with minor in Communication and certificate in Women’s Studies from Pittsburg State University, and his M.A. in History with an emphasis in Museum Management in 2015 from Pittsburg State University.

Boyd has continued his involvement with the Dobson since 2011 and was hired in June 2015 as the first official director of the museum.

With his recent appointment to the OMA Board, Boyd will now have greater reach in helping Oklahoma's museums and cultural centers to thrive and in guiding and training others in the important work of preserving the past.

While Boyd may have deviated from his initial vision of a career in teaching, as a museum professional he has still found his way to becoming a great educator.

The Dobson

The Dobson Museum located at 110 A St. SW is open Sun., Wed., Fri., and Sat. from 1 to 4 p.m. and admission is free. Tours of the historic home are also available.

You can support the work of the Ottawa County Historical Society at the Dobson by volunteering your time and through purchases at the museum's newly established gift shop.

To learn more about the Dobson Family, the museum, and its collections you can also visit www.dobsonmuseum.com.

Dorothy Ballard is the managing news editor for the Miami News-Record. Contact her at dballard@miaminewsrecord.com and follow her on Twitter @dm_ballard.