Rose Hill School
Cherokee Strip Museum and Rose Hill School2617 West Fir Street
Perry, OK 73077
Tuesday through Friday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
|Seniors (age 62+)||$5|
|Children (5 and under)||Free|
(up to 6 people)
|Veterans and Active Military (with ID)||Free |
|Group Rate (10+)||$5/person|
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Cherokee Strip Museum and Rose Hill School
The mission of the Cherokee Strip Museum and Rose Hill School is to collect, preserve, and interpret the history of the Cherokee Outlet. The museum complex sits on five acres and consists of five buildings: the museum, a blacksmith shop, a homestead-style house, a large implement building, and an original one-room schoolhouse. The exhibits are designed to portray life from the opening of the Cherokee Strip via the land run of 1893 to the 1930s. The renovated museum building features exhibits, a gallery where local and regional artists will display their work, a large gift shop, and a farmyard hands-on exhibit for children.
The blacksmith shop consists of a 24’ x 30’ display area with restrooms and a 36’ x 30’ demonstration area. The implement building contains many farming implements and tools that would have been in use during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Other outdoor exhibits include a jail cell, antique threshing machine, antique sorghum mill, and a “flying jenny” merry-go-round for kids.
A Day at Rose Hill School
Located on the grounds is a one-room schoolhouse where we conduct the award-winning living history program “A Day at Rose Hill School.” Throughout the school year, third- and fourth-grade students from across the state can experience a school day set in 1910 rural Oklahoma. The educational program is offered through a partnership between the Oklahoma Historical Society and the Cherokee Strip Historical Society. A Teacher’s Guide is available at A Day at Rose Hill Teacher's Guide.
Cherokee Strip History
In the nineteenth century, the US government resettled American Indian tribes from all parts of the country into Indian Territory. During the removal process, part of the northern portion of present-day Oklahoma was given by treaty to the Cherokee Nation as a “perpetual outlet west.” Officially called the Cherokee Outlet, the region became known as the Cherokee Strip. Eventually, the federal government relocated "friendly tribes" such as the Osage, Kaw, Ponca, Pawnee, Nez Perce, Otoe-Missouria, and Tonkawa to the eastern part of the Cherokee Outlet.
After the Civil War, Texas cattlemen drove herds to the railheads in Kansas for shipment to northern cities. By leasing the excellent grasslands in the Outlet to the Cherokee Strip Livestock Association, the Cherokee made a profit on their western lands. Pressure from boomers forced the Cherokee to sell the land to the federal government for $8,505,736, or about $1.40 per acre. The government was then free to open the area by land run to homesteaders.
The land opened at noon on September 16, 1893, in the largest land run in history. By horse, train, wagon, and on foot more than 100,000 land-hungry pioneers raced for 40,000 homesteads and the valuable town lots. The Cherokee Strip Museum and Rose Hill School provides an opportunity to explore the remarkable events and people who shape the history of the Cherokee Outlet.