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January 10, 2024

Contact: CJ Budy
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 580-237-1907

New Director Named at Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center in Enid

ENID, Okla. — CJ Budy has been promoted to director of the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center in Enid starting on February 1. He takes over for Jake Krumwiede, who is now director of OKPOP in Tulsa.

Budy spent the past six months as director of education at the CSRHC before being promoted to site director. A Kansas native, Budy has worked at historic sites across Kansas. Before joining the Oklahoma Historical Society, he was a historical interpreter at Fort Osage National Historic Landmark in Sibley, Missouri, for five years. While there, Budy honed his skills in event planning and management, school tour programming, volunteer management, living history practices and more. Budy also worked at Fort Scott National Historic Site in Kansas and the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City.

“First off, I want to thank Jake Krumwiede for bringing me into the CSRHC team. He left some big shoes to fill, and I am beyond grateful for this opportunity. I am excited and eager to get to work. We have some great things coming up in 2024,” said Budy.

Since joining the CSRHC in July of 2023, Budy has continued building his site management skills while promoting the site’s mission.

“I am thrilled with CJ’s advancement at Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center,” said Chantry Banks, director of the OHS Museums and Historic Sites division. “His work as education director has been well received by the community and region, and I look forward to what he will accomplish in this new role. This is an exciting time for the Heritage Center and the Oklahoma Historical Society!”

For more information about the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, please visit csrhc.org or call 580-237-1907.

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 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 Regional Heritage Center are available upon request.

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