Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center

Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center
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Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center is located in Oklahoma
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center
Location within Oklahoma
Former name
Museum of the Cherokee Strip
Established April 1, 2011
Location 507 S. 4th St., Enid, Oklahoma
Type History Museum
Website www.csrhc.org

The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center (CSRHC) is a museum in Enid, Oklahoma, that focuses on the history of the Cherokee Outlet and the Land Run of September, 16, 1893. Previously named the Museum of the Cherokee Strip, the museum has undergone renovations expanding the museum space to 24,000 square feet.[1] The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center is home to permanent and temporary exhibit galleries, a research center, and the Humphrey Heritage Village.[2]


History

The Museum of the Cherokee Strip was officially opened on September 13, 1975. The Garfield County Historical Society, Sons and Daughters of the Cherokee Strip Pioneers, and Cherokee Strip Historical Society preserved and collected historical artifacts from Cherokee Outlet which are displayed at the museum.[3]

In 2005, through a partnership between the Oklahoma Historical Society, the Sons and Daughters of the Cherokee Strip, and the Phillips Legacy Foundation, the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, Inc. was formed to build a new facility. The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage was opened to the public on April 1, 2011.[4]

The Heritage Center is operated by the Oklahoma Historical Society.

Galleries and Exhibits

The Pioneer Family Statue by local sculptor, Harold Holden, stands outside the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center.

Permanent exhibits tell the story of early settlement of the region after the Land Run of 1893, the development of agriculture, the discovery of oil, and the early rail industry in the region. Additional exhibits focus on Phillips University and Enid, Oklahoma history.[5]

The Heritage Center has a temporary exhibit gallery that houses traveling exhibitions.[6] At a gala on September 16, 2010, the museums featuring David Fitzgerald's "Cherokee Nation: Portrait of a People" photography exhibit. It was the museum's first exhibit in its temporary exhibit hall, which predated the opening of the rest of the permanent exhibits.[7]

Research Center

The Heritage Center houses a research center with an archival collection that includes photographs, oral histories, newspapers, genealogical information, and a reference library. A full-time archivist is on staff to help visitors with research requests.[8]

Humphrey Heritage Village

The entrance to the Humphrey Heritage Village.

The Humphrey Heritage Village is a living history village on the grounds of the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center. The village includes historic buildings from northwestern Oklahoma, such as Enid's U.S. Land Office from the Land Run of 1893. Other buildings include the Glidewell house, Enid's first Episcopal church, and the Turkey Creek School House.[9]

See also

References

  1. ^ About Us at http://www.csrhc.org/ Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center Website] (accessed April 26, 2010)
  2. ^ "Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center | Oklahoma Historical Society". www.okhistory.org. Retrieved 2020-06-04.
  3. ^ Rockwell, Stella, ed., Garfield County, Oklahoma, 1907-1982, Vol. I, Garfield Historical Society, Josten's Publishing Company, Topeka, Kansas. 1982., pgs 3-4
  4. ^ Eagle, Cindy Allen, Managing EditorEnid News and. "Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center will officially open to public Friday morning". Enidnews.com. Retrieved 2020-06-04.
  5. ^ csrhc. "Exhibits". Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center. Retrieved 2020-06-04.
  6. ^ "Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center | Oklahoma Historical Society". www.okhistory.org. Retrieved 2020-06-04.
  7. ^ Nash, Bridget, "Gala provides glimpse of new heritage center", Enid News & Eagle, September 17, 2010
  8. ^ Friesen, Kevin. "Research Center". Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center. Retrieved 2020-06-04.
  9. ^ Friesen, Kevin. "Humphrey Heritage Village". Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center. Retrieved 2020-06-04.

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