Dobson Museum

Director's Corner

Jordan Boyd, Director

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Jordan L. Boyd was born in Wesley, Arkansas and grew up in the community of Afton, Oklahoma. He is proud to be a sixth-generation Ottawa Countian. He graduated from Afton High School in 2009 and went on to continue his education with receiving an A.A. in Social Sciences from NEO A&M College in 2011, B.A. in History with minor in Communication and certificate in Women’s Studies from Pittsburg State University in 2013, and M.A. in History with emphasis in Museum Management in 2015 from Pittsburg State University. He held several roles while attending NEO including Phi Theta Kappa Secretary, History Club Secretary, Phi Beta Lambda member, Investment Club member, and Presidential Partners Speaker’s Panel.
His involvement while attending PSU included:
  • Phi Alpha Theta President
  • Phi Theta Kappa Alumni Chapter Charter Member
  • History Club
  • College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council
  • Crimson Club
  • PSU Transfer Scholar Leader
Jordan has been involved at the Dobson Museum since February 2011 and was hired in June 2015 as the first official director of the Dobson Memorial Complex Museum and Home. Boyd has held several roles and been involved with several area museums. He served as an intern for the Miners Hall Museum in Franklin, Kansas while attending PSU and served on their staff for 3 years as a Collections Manager. He was also an intern for the National Archives in Washington, D.C. through Lincoln Archives Digital Project in December 2013-January 2014, and worked on an Oral History Research Project in Spring 2013 through PSU and Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum with oral history interviews of miners and their families. He has also assisted with several area displays including the O. Gene Bicknell Exhibit housed in the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts at PSU and PSU Foundation’s 30th Anniversary Exhibit displayed in September 2015.

He has been the recipient of several awards during his college career including one distinction in particular for his work in museums. He was awarded the Frank Newman Civic Fellowship Award in April 2013 for his work and dedication to area museums. The new exhibit at the Dobson Museum “Spanish Gold…Jack, Toby, and Me: The Story of Hard Rock Mining in Ottawa County” opened on November 15, 2015 with curation, development, and leadership from Mr. Boyd, who researched and developed the exhibit for his Master’s Curricular Museum Project.

He was a member of the Miami Quasquicentennial (125th) Anniversary Committee of Miami, Oklahoma; that was celebrated during March 3rd-5th, 2016. He is active throughout the state in museum and tourism organizations. He serves on the Marketing Committee/Oklahoma Museums Week Committee for the Oklahoma Museums Association as well as the Ottawa County Representative on the Oklahoma Route 66 Association Board. In June 2017, he was appointed to the Oklahoma Museums Association Board of Directors.

Mr. Boyd was also the keynote address speaker at the 90th Anniversary Phi Theta Kappa Spring Induction held at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in February 2016. He is an Adjunct History Instructor at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami where he teaches American History. He is a member of the First Baptist Church of Afton, Oklahoma where he assists with Wednesday Evening Bible Studies and was ordained as a deacon of the church on Sunday, June 4, 2017.
Boyd is a member of:
  • Afton High School Alumni Association Vice-President
  • Miami Downtown Redevelopment Authority Trustee
  • Mountain Plains Museum Association
  • Jefferson Highway Association
  • Oklahoma Route 66 Association Board of Directors
  • The Friends of the Coleman Theatre Beautiful Vice-President
  • Friends of the Miami Public Library
  • Miami Kiwanis Club
  • Ottawa County Historical Society
  • Ottawa County Genealogy Society Vice-President
  • Oklahoma Museums Association Board of Directors
  • Oklahoma Historical Society
  • American Alliance of Museums
  • Phi Alpha Theta
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Sixkiller Cemetery Association Board
  • Madison County, Ark. Genealogical and Historical Society
He is looking forward to the future of the Dobson Museum and preserving Ottawa County’s past for future generations. He is the son of Stephen and Susan (Morgan) Boyd of Afton, Ok. The grandson of Howard and Joyce (Logue) Boyd of Hindsville, Ark and Arthur and Fayrene (Brock) Morgan of Afton, Ok. He has one sister and her husband, Antonio and Holly (Boyd) Martinez of Phoenix, AZ and their two dogs, Maddie and Butters. He was a great-grandson to the late Everett and Nella (Moppin) Boyd of Wesley, Ark., the late Jay and Loraine (Neal) Logue of Drakes Creek, Ark., the late Frank and Alma (Wright) Morgan of Afton, Ok. and the late J.H. “Pete” and Marjorie (England) Brock of Afton, Ok.
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