The Cherokee Heritage Center is a must-see venue in the Tahlequah area. Operated independently by the Cherokee Historical Society, it includes outdoor museums and indoor exhibit galleries. It sponsors many educational programs throughout the year as well as scholarly research that stimulates interest in the enduring legacy of the Cherokee people. Some of CHC's main attractions include the Diligwa Living History Village and Outdoor Museum, featuring authentic reproductions of traditional homes from the 1700s with villagers demonstrating traditional Cherokee crafts. The Adams Corner Rural Village recreates a 1890s setting to illustrate Cherokee society in Indian Territory. The Cherokee Heritage Center also offers world-class educational exhibits, such as the acclaimed Trail of Tears Exhibit, and nationally-recognized Cherokee art shows.
Another service offered is the Cherokee Family Research Center, an on-site genealogy library where visitors may be assisted by trained professionals to reconnect with their Cherokee lineage.
Outreach programs serve several schools within the Cherokee Nation. The Cherokee Heritage Center is open seven days a week to the public. The Family Research Center is available to help through mail-in requests as well as on-site.
Throughout the year CHC offers education classes, some requiring a registration fee and RSVP. These are popular classes that teach a variety of Cherokee crafts and traditions, so they fill quickly. Many are taught by Cherokee Nation's designated "National Treasures."
First Saturday of each month federally recognized Cherokee citizens and a guest receive free admission.
Located six miles south of downtown Tahlequah, Oklahoma, take highway 62 to historical Park Hill. Turn east on Willis Road and follow it to South Keeler Drive.
Please see the Cherokee Heritage Center website, www.cherokeeheritage.org, for up-to-the-minute exhibit and class information, as well as hours and admission fees.