Those who are interested in learning the best practices in protecting and preserving antique firearms are invited to attend a Thursday, Feb. 13 session at 10 a.m. at the Cherokee National Prison Museum.
Rick Parker, owner of Parker Conservation Inc., of Gentry, Ark., will lead the class.
Parker, who has nearly 40 years of experience in art conservation, has lectured at numerous institutions, including the Smithsonian, M.I.T., Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, Colonial Williamsburg and the Canadian Conservation Institute.
The published author has worked on objects from the White House, Mount Vernon, Monticello, The Hermitage, Biltmore, Beauvoir, U.S.S. Constitution (Old Ironsides), William J. Clinton Presidential Library and the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library, as well as individual presidential collections.
The cost to attend is $25. Registration is limited to 25 people on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration requests must be sent to Cherokee.Tourism@cnent.com.
No firearms are permitted on the prison museum grounds. Please bring photos of the firearm to reference when asking questions.
The Cherokee National Prison Museum was the only penitentiary building in Indian Territory from 1875 to 1901. It housed sentenced and accused prisoners from throughout the territory. The interpretive site and museum show visitors how law and order operated in Indian Territory.
The museum is located at 124 E. Choctaw St.
For information on Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism, including museum operations, please call (877) 779-6977 or visit www.CherokeeTourismOK.com.