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Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism's Specialty and Event Related Tours Scheduled
By Tourism Industry Partner
Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism’s specialty and event related tours will be presented throughout the year to coincide with festivals and events showcasing a unique itinerary including:
- Cherokee History Tour - March 5, 12 and 19; May 7 and 14; June 4, 11 and 25; July 9, 16 and 23; Aug. 6 and 13; Sept. 10 and 17; and Oct. 1 and 15; includes stops at the Cherokee Heritage Center and Museum, which houses the Trail of Tears exhibit; an Ancient Village; and Adam’s Corner Rural Village. Guests will also visit the Murrell Home, the only antebellum plantation home left in Oklahoma. Visitors will enjoy Tahlequah, the capital city of the great Cherokee Nation, while touring historic properties including the National Capitol Building, Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum and Cherokee National Prison Museum. Guests will then tour Northeastern State University’s Seminary Hall, which was once the Cherokee Female Seminary and the first institution of higher learning for women west of the Mississippi River and is a standing icon on the campus today.
- Will Rogers History Tour - March 26; May 21; July 30; Aug. 20 and 27; and Sept. 24; celebrates the life and work of Oklahoma’s favorite son and world-famous Cherokee. Guests will have the chance to tour the Will Rogers Museum in Claremore, Okla., and Rogers’ birthplace, Dog Iron Ranch, in Oologah, Okla., to view the historically restored house where he grew up. Visitors will enjoy shopping in the historic downtowns of Oologah and Claremore as well as visit the J.M. Davis Arms museum.
- Civil War History Tour - April 2 and 16; begins with a visit to historic Capitol Square in Tahlequah, Okla., where guests learn of Confederate Brigadier General Stand Watie’s march through town, burning the Cherokee government buildings as he went. Guests will visit the Murrell Home, the only antebellum plantation home left in Oklahoma and one of the few in the area to survive the fires of the Civil War. Visitors will also see the room in the Murrell Home where Cherokee Nation Principal Chief John Ross signed allegiance to the Confederate States. Visitors will then tour the Fort Gibson Historic Site to learn the history of the Fort during the War Between the States as it changed hands several times between the troops; and Honey Springs Battle site, the location of the largest battle in Indian Territory, where the Union beat the Confederacy in the turning point of the Civil War in Indian Territory.
- Cherokee National Holiday - Sept. 2-5; A celebration of the signing of the Cherokee Nation constitution of 1839 that recognizes the reunification of the Cherokee Nation in Indian Territory and will be celebrated by thousands of family, friends and visitors together from around the world in the Cherokee Nation’s capital, Tahlequah, over the Labor Day weekend.
- The 6th Annual Cherokee Art Market - Oct. 8-9; Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, 777 West Cherokee Street, Catoosa, OK 74015; Features the finest Native American artwork representing more than 130 elite Native American artists from many different tribes across the nation, which will be displayed and sold at the Cherokee Art Market and includes beadwork, pottery, painting, basketry, sculptures and textiles.
- The 3rd Annual History After Dark - Oct. 20-22; Takes a journey through times past on guided candlelight tours through Ross Cemetery featuring a unique opportunity to visit the burial grounds of Cherokee ancestors and hear stories of earlier generations with portrayals highlighting notable figures from Cherokee history.
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