Cherokee Christmas exhibit opens Dec. 8

December 5, 2017

Special exhibit runs through December at Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Experience the first Cherokee Christmas through a special holiday exhibit at the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum.

Cherokee Christmas shares the story of how Moravian missionaries brought holiday celebrations to the Cherokee people in 1805. The exhibit features information about how traditions began and displays decorations similar to what was used at the Vann’s Georgia home during the first Cherokee Christmas.

The Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum is located at 122 E. Keetoowah St. It is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Originally built in 1844, the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum is Oklahoma’s oldest public building. The 1,950-square-foot museum features exhibits in 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.

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