Families looking for a fun, educational adventure for their children will enjoy free admission to each Cherokee Nation museum on Thursday, Oct. 18, and have the opportunity to participate in interactive activities such as make-and-take cultural art projects.
Activities are provided from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and children are encouraged to visit each museum. Activities and locations are as follows:
• Mini gourd masks at Cherokee National Prison Museum, 124 E. Choctaw St.
• Pony bead pumpkins and corn at Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum, 122 E. Keetoowah St.
• Corn husk dolls at the John Ross Museum, 22366 S. 530 Road in Park Hill.
• Mini pumpkin designs at Sequoyah's Cabin Museum, 470288 Highway 101 in Sallisaw.
In addition to the activities, guests can explore each museum and view the newest exhibits.
The Cherokee National Prison was the only penitentiary building in Indian Territory from 1875 to 1901. The interpretive site and museum give visitors an idea about how law and order operated in Indian Territory. The site currently features a temporary exhibit that explores the period of time when the building served as the Cherokee County Jail by sharing stories of both lawmen and lawbreakers.
Originally built in 1844, the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum is Oklahoma's oldest public building. The 1,950-square-foot museum features exhibits on three historic aspects: the Cherokee National Judicial System; the Cherokee Advocate and Cherokee Phoenix newspapers; and the Cherokee language, with a variety of historical items, including photos, stories, objects and furniture. Guests can also learn about the 1843 intertribal peace gathering through a temporary exhibit.
The John Ross Museum highlights the life of John Ross, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation for more than 38 years, and houses exhibits and interactive displays on the Trail of Tears, Civil War, Cherokee Golden Age and Cherokee Nation's passion for the education of its people. The museum is housed in an old, rural school building known as School #51 and sits at the foot of Ross Cemetery, where John Ross and other notable Cherokee citizens are buried. It also features the tribe's first digital exhibit, exploring the powerful messages of Cherokee Chief John Ross on topics such as delegation nominations, potential resolutions, rumors of assassination plots and the possible removal of Cherokee people to Mexico.
Sequoyah's Cabin Museum features the original log cabin constructed by Sequoyah in 1829 and welcomes more than 12,000 visitors each year. It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1966 and a National Literary Landmark in 2006. The museum features large displays that share the story of Sequoyah, his development of the Cherokee syllabary and the Cherokee language today. A special exhibit provides details about the history of saltworks operations and how the legendary statesman Sequoyah came to run his own operation in the 1830s.