Archive for November, 2009

Cherokee Nation Thanksgiving Proclamation, 1885

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

by William D. Welge, CA, Director of the Research Division

Dennis W. Bushyhead

Dennis Wolf Bushyhead was born in the Cherokee Nation east in 1826. The eldest son of Rev. Jessie Bushyhead he removed to the Cherokee Nation west in the early 1830s. At the age of 20, he was lured to the gold fields of California where he remained until 1868 upon which he returned to the Cherokee Nation settling at Fort Gibson.

By 1871, he entered the political realm whereby he was elected as Treasurer of the nation. In 1879, Bushyhead was elected Principal Chief and was reelected in 1883.

This proclamation was executed during his second and final term as Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

1885 Thanksgiving Proclamation

A Sad Week in Oklahoma History

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

by William D. Welge, CA, Director of the Research Division

The end of November marks two tragic events in our pre-statehood era. November 29th, 1864 in southeastern Colorado, Chief Black Kettle’s band of peaceful Cheyenne’s were brutally attacked by the 1st Colorado Volunteers lead by Colonel John Chivington. Though told to fly the American flag as a sign of peace, Black Kettle’s camp was nearly all massacred by the men under Chivington’s command.

Sadly, nearly four years to the day on November 27th, 1868 another massacre took place at Washita in northwestern Oklahoma in what is Roger Mills County near Cheyenne, Oklahoma. A mix of Cheyenne’s under Black Kettle, Arapaho’s and some Kiowa’s were suddenly attacked by General George Custer in what must be considered one of the most cowardly military attacks second only to Sand Creek. This time, Peace Chief Black Kettle was killed with his family.

The members of the Cheyenne, Arapaho and Kiowa’s still mourn their loss to this day. For more information about these historical incidents please see The Sand Creek Massacre and The Battle of the Washita authored by Stan Hoig.

Aunt Susan’s Recipe Books

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

recipebooks2.jpgby Jill Holt, Curator of Textiles

Thanks to our assistant director, Jeff Briley, we have a recent addition to our collection. He picked up several recipe books written by Aunt Susan. Some of you may remember Aunt Susan from her food columns in the Daily Oklahoman and her cooking program on WKY Radio in Oklahoma City. Edna Vance Adams served as food editor of the Daily Oklahoman from 1929 to 1943. She conducted an annual cooking school during that time and her recipe books were souvenirs given out at the school. Aunt Susan’s recipes were clipped from the newspaper and became cherished favorites in the recipe boxes across Oklahoma, with many people mistakenly believing that there really was an “Aunt Susan” somewhere in their family tree.

Edna Vance Adams moved to New York in 1943 and eventually became the food editor for McCall’s Magazine. She left McCall’s to focus on radio and television programs. In 1951, she published a cook book titled “Susan Adam’s How-to-Cook Book.” We are fortunate to now have one of the rare copies of this book in our collection.

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