category : Museums
The Museum of the Cherokee Strip in Enid, OK is being transformed into the first regional heritage center for the State of Oklahoma. The existing facility is being totally renovated and doubled in size to a 24,000 square foot facility featuring new state-of-the-art exhibits and is being renamed the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center.
When complete, the Center will be an impressive structure featuring:
* State of the art Exhibits and Interactives
* A Land Run Theater
* A Traveling Exhibit Gallery
* A Research Room with Cutting Edge Technology
* Much needed Archival and Collections Storage
* An Outdoor Plaza
* ADA Accessibility for all Visitors
* "The Homesteader" statue by Harold T. Holden
* Phillips University Columns
The Grand Opening is scheduled for the spring of 2009. In the mean time, please visit our temporary location at Oakwood Mall near J.C. Penney's.
In 1893, the Cherokee Outlet, or strip as it is known today, was opened for settlement. In less that 100 years this vast prairie domain was changed from an Indian hunting ground to an area of prosperous farms and growing cities.
President Grover Cleveland designated September 16, 1893, as the date of the "run." On that day, an estimated 100,000 people rushed in from the borders to stake a claim. They came by horse, train, wagon, and even on foot, all trying to claim the best farmland or town lot. Many of the hopeful settlers remained landless, shunning the rough terrain in the western part of the Outlet. By the end of the day, farms were being established, and the cities of Enid, Perry, Alva, and Woodward had risen out of what had been virgin prairie the day before.
507 S. 4th Street Phone:
580-234-8999 Our Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Our Website:www.regionalheritagecenter.org
Come visit us in Enid, Oklahoma