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November 2, 2015

Contact: Andi Holland
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 580-237-1907 x223

Sons and Daughters of the Cherokee Strip Gift Collection to Oklahoma Historical Society

Enid, Okla. — At their special meeting on October 20, 2015, the Sons and Daughters of the Cherokee Strip Association voted to gift the historical collection held by their association to the Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS). Aaron Preston, archivist for the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center (CSRHC) explained, "Although the Sons and Daughters Collection is being stored at the Heritage Center, the collection could not be worked with, used for research or exhibited since it was not owned by the Heritage Center as a property of the OHS." Following discussion, the Sons and Daughters board unanimously approved gifting the collection to the OHS.

The Sons and Daughters of the Cherokee Strip founded and operated a museum in Enid from 1957–1976 to preserve the history of the 1893 Land Run and subsequent development of the Cherokee Strip. In 1976 the museum was gifted to the OHS, but the immense Sons and Daughters Collection, including artifacts and archival materials, was retained by the association.

The collection contains more than 3,000 objects. Among the many historical treasures in the collection are the chair, desk and gavel used by Albert Ellis during the Oklahoma Constitutional Convention, a pair of gloves worn by John Philip Sousa during a concert in Enid and many other objects ranging from the Land Run of 1893 to Owen K. Garriott's space flight.

"Without the Sons and Daughters organization we would not have this wonderful collection available today. They laid the foundation for the museum that has become the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center," said Bob Blackburn, OHS executive director. The collections committee of the OHS Board of Directors voted unanimously to accept the donation during its meeting on October 28, 2015.

"We are very excited about this donation," said Andi Holland, CSRHC director. "Today the proud Cherokee Strip heritage preserved and shared by the Sons and Daughters is continued through the mission of the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center to tell the extraordinary stories of settling the Cherokee Strip and sharing the inspiring lessons of leadership with future generations."

The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains 31 museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.

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