Heritage Museum Services, LLC is a Native American owned and operated business.

Karen Whitecotton, Owner

A formally trained museum professional with 16 years experience, Karen has worked with various types of museum collections in Oklahoma and around the world ranging from fine art and antiquities to Native American collections and movie props.

She serves on the board of directors for the Oklahoma Museums Association (OMA), is the immediate past coordinator for the OMA Disaster Response Network's (DRN), and is a former coordinator of the OMA Registrar's Association (OKRA).  She is a member of various other museum and cultural organizations such as the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), Association of Registrars and Collections Specialists (ARCS), and the International Foundation for Cultural Property Protection (IFCPP).

Karen is a Certified Institutional Protection Manager (CIPM) through IFCPP.

Highlights of her expertise include coordination, shipping, and couriering of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of acquisitions, loans, and exhibits all over the world (with exhibits in Argentina, Cuba, Israel, Italy, and Vatican City), as well as coordinating AAM accreditation for the Oklahoma History Center.

Karen utilizes a network of highly skilled conservators, fine art shippers, Customs brokers, foreign agents, exhibit designers, and mount makers in order to ensure a high level of professionalism for every project.


Collections Management & Best Practices

Storage Solutions

Museum Forms, Documentation, and Policies

Loans and Insurance

Disaster Preparedness

Fine Art Shipping Logistics (domestic and international) & Courier Duties


Professional Experience:

Private Museums

National Cowboy & Western Hertiage Museum, OKC, OK

Museum of the Bible, OKC, OK

State Museums

Oklahoma History Center, OKC, OK

Tribal Museums

Citizen Potawatomi Nation's Cultural Heritage Center, Shawnee, OK

University Museums

Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Norman, OK

Private Collections

Private Collection, OKC, OK


Clients Include:

Collector House, Inc. (Dallas, TX)

Frist Center for the Visual Arts (Nashville, TN)

Meadows Museum, SMU (Dallas, TX)

Museum of the Bible (OKC, OK)

Oklahoma City County Historical Society (OKC, OK)

Private Collection (OKC, OK)

Private Collection (Nichols Hills, OK)

Private Collection (Nichols Hills, OK)

Seminole Nation Museum (Wewoka, OK)

Science Museum Oklahoma (OKC, OK)

WildHorse Consulting, LLC (Edmond, OK)



References, Full Client List, and CV available upon request