Digital exhibit to showcase powerful writings of Cherokee Chief John Ross

May 1, 2018

“The Letters of John Ross” is on display at John Ross Museum through January

PARK HILL, Okla. – Explore the powerful messages of John Ross in his correspondences with fellow tribesmen and political allies throughout his 38 years as Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

“The Letters of John Ross” is the tribe’s first digital exhibit and allows guests to view a variety of documents that are usually off view and housed in collections at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa. Featured writings address crucial topics such as delegation nominations, potential resolutions, rumors of assassination plots and the possible removal of Cherokee people to Mexico.

“This is the first exhibit of its kind for Cherokee Nation, and we are eager to see how the public responds,” said Travis Owens, director of cultural tourism for Cherokee Nation Businesses. “The digital format enables guests to focus on their specific interests in an interactive and engaging way.”

“The Letters of John Ross” exhibit runs May 4 through Jan. 31 at the John Ross Museum.

The John Ross Museum highlights the life and legacy of John Ross 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, Oklahoma.

Cherokee Nation museums are open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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