Families enjoy free interactive activities during spring break

February 21, 2017

Museum visitors have the chance to make a beaded bracelet as part of the free spring break activities. Museum visitors have the chance to make a beaded bracelet as part of the free spring break activities.

Cherokee Nation museums hosting March 16 educational event

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Families looking for a fun, educational adventure for their children during spring break should plan to visit Cherokee Nation museums on March 16. Guests will enjoy free admission and interactive activities that include make-and-take cultural art.

Activities are provided from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be paper bandolier bags at the Cherokee National Prison Museum, Cherokee syllabary lessons offered at the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum, and a beaded bracelet class at the John Ross Museum. Children are encouraged to visit each museum and can participate in all activities.

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. Touch screen kiosks offer visitors documentary-style teaching on various legal topics as well as conversational Cherokee. The Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum is located at 122 E. Keetoowah St. in Tahlequah.

The Cherokee National Prison 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 give visitors an idea about how law and order operated in Indian Territory. The site features a working blacksmith area and reconstructed gallows, exhibits about famous prisoners and daring escapes, local outlaws and Cherokee patriots, jail cells and much more. The Cherokee National Prison Museum is located at 124 E. Choctaw St. in Tahlequah.

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 education. 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. The John Ross Museum is located at 22366 S. 530 Rd. in Park Hill, Okla.

For information on Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism, including museum operations, please call (877) 779-6977 or visit www.VisitCherokeeNation.com.