The public is encouraged to attend and enjoy Cherokee
hymns sung by families, churches and gospel groups

TAHLEQUAH, Okla., (May 2, 2011) --- The Cherokee Heritage Center will celebrate the 12th Annual Cherokee Heritage Gospel Sing and Hog Fry on May 21 from 1-6 p.m. Admission is free with donations accepted. The Cherokee Heritage Center is located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive, Park Hill, OK 74451.

The Cherokee Heritage Center honors the memory of Eli Nofire, event originator and former employee, with the annual event. Families, churches and gospel groups are encouraged to take the stage to sing Cherokee hymns and old-fashioned gospel songs throughout the afternoon.

Following the gospel singing, a complimentary hog fry will be presented for attendees and participants. Guests are encouraged to bring folding chairs for their comfort during the event.

“The gospel singing tradition among the Cherokee people dates back to the early nineteenth century and continues to be a strong expression in many Cherokee communities today,” said Carey Tilley, Executive Director at the Cherokee Heritage Center. “This event gives us the opportunity to connect with this aspect of the culture and allow those continuing the tradition to share it among themselves as well as the general public.”

  The Cherokee Heritage Center is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. seven days a week from May 1 to Sept 5. It is closed during January and on Sundays from Feb. 1 to April 30 and Sept. 6 to Dec. 31.

Cherokee Heritage Center admission is $8.50 per adult, $7.50 per senior (55 and older) and students with proper identification, and $5 per child. Admission price includes all attractions. Entry to the grounds and museum store are free.

For information on the 2011 season and programs, please contact the Cherokee Heritage Center at (888) 999-6007, email at or visit

About Cherokee Heritage Center
The Cherokee Heritage Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is the premier cultural center for Cherokee tribal history, culture, and the arts. Located in the heart of the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Okla., it was established in 1963 by the Cherokee National Historical Society to preserve and promote the Cherokee culture. The Cherokee Heritage Center is also home to the Cherokee National Archives, which is the Nation’s foremost collection of historic tribal related documents and artifacts from the 1700s through present day. The Cherokee Heritage Center is situated on the grounds of the original Cherokee Female Seminary, which is one of the first institutions of higher learning for women west of the Mississippi and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The National Park Service has designated the Center as the interpretive site for the western terminus of the Trail Of Tears for the Cherokees and other tribes forcibly removed to Indian Territory, now Oklahoma, during the 1800s. For more information, please visit