April 26, 2023
Blacksmith and Wheel Setting Demonstration to Take Place at Cherokee Strip Museum
PERRY, Okla. — A blacksmith will demonstrate the centuries-old metalcraft during an event on Saturday, May 6, at the Cherokee Strip Museum in Perry. The forge in the blacksmith shop will be lit at 10 a.m., and the demonstration will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Guests can enjoy watching the craftsmen work and will have an opportunity for safe hands-on experiences. This event is for those who enjoy watching craftsmen at work and anyone who wants to try their hand at the craft.
A wheel-setting demonstration will take place with the museum’s resident blacksmith, Tom Nelson. The wheelwright’s craft goes back thousands of years and was essential in an age of wagon use. They were skilled in the art of building and repairing wooden wheels.
Other activities in the blacksmith shop will take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This educational event is free to attend, but donations are appreciated.
For more information please call 580-336-2405. The Cherokee Strip Museum is located at 2617 W. Fir St. in Perry.
The Cherokee Strip Museum and Rose Hill School is an affiliate of the Oklahoma Historical Society, operated in partnership with the Cherokee Strip Historical Society. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains 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.
Editor’s Note: Photos of the Cherokee Strip Museum and Rose Hill School are available upon request.