TAHLEQUAH, Okla., (May 19, 2011) --- The Cherokee Heritage Center will celebrate Adams Corner Anniversary Jubilee on Saturday, June 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guests will enjoy free admission along with free samples of hand-cranked ice cream and lemonade. The Cherokee Heritage Center is located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive, Park Hill, OK 74451.

The Anniversary Jubilee celebration is a fun-filled day for families featuring prizes and activities for children along with live fiddling, toys and games of the 19th century, and blacksmith demonstrations. Guests will also have an opportunity to publically post their Dawes Roll ancestor in celebration of their heritage and, possibly, meet a long-lost relative.

In addition, a variety of scheduled events include Cherokee storytelling by Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation John Ross descendant Gayle Ross; a live performance by Cherokee Opera performer Barbara McAlister; and old-fashioned competitions such as gunny sack races, horseshoes, Cherokee marble toss and checkers. Several craft demonstrations will be presented including the making of Cherokee Victorian Hats wherein audience members will select a favorite. A campfire cooking demonstration will also be shown.

“The Jubilee provides an opportunity for us to spotlight the Adams Corner Rural Village as our portrayal of late nineteenth century Cherokee culture,” said Carey Tilley, Executive Director at the Cherokee Heritage Center. “Guests can experience a simple community celebration in much the same tone as the Cherokees of the 1890s.”

Refreshments will be available including specially priced hot dogs for 25 cents. Guests are also encouraged to visit the other Cherokee Heritage Center attractions including the Trail of Tears exhibit, Ancient Village and Cherokee National Female Seminary Exhibition.
Adams Corner Rural Village first opened June 15, 1979, and represents Cherokee life in the 1890s prior to Oklahoma statehood. The village consists of seven buildings including the one-room Swimmer schoolhouse, the New Hope church, the smokehouse, the General Store and three residences representing a traditional log cabin and two frame houses known as the Storekeeper’s house and the Weaver’s cottage.

The General Store provides guests with a first-hand look at 19th century products and demonstrates the importance of self-sufficiency as most villages were located in remote wilderness areas.

Each of the Adams Corner Rural Village buildings displays a Cherokee craft. Sequoyah’s Syllabary is also presented in embroidery, crochet and handwriting. Self-guided, pre-recorded audio provides guests with background on 1890s life in the village and Indian Territory.

Guests will also experience an authentic garden, well and water pump. In addition, Nofire Farms presents horses, cattle and chickens, which represent livestock found during the era.

K.S. “Bud” Adams Jr. generously supported the construction and operation of Adams Corner Rural Village in memory of his mother, Blanch Keeler Adams.

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 info@cherokeeheritage.org or visit http://www.CherokeeHeritage.org.

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 http://www.CherokeeHeritage.org.


Cameron Andrews
Pier Communications

Ben Elder
Cherokee Nation Entertainment