Cherokee Heritage Center

The Center consists of a living history Cherokee village, a museum, and small township of historical buildings. Dedicated to the perservation of Cherokee culture and history, it is one of the most widely visited Native American sites in Oklahoma.

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Thursday, December 23, 2004

Santa Claus and Good Friends of the Heritage Center... come to town!

T'was the day before Christmas Eve, and all through the grounds, only a few staff people were stirring, vacation time resounds.

It is quiet around here today, but I was lucky to have met a brother and sister from Austin, Texas and hear their story. They had been here before with a wonderful donation to the museum. Scott Killen introduced me to his sister Kay Killen--their mother is Florence Fields, a descendant of Richard Fields. Scott and Kay came to the Heritage Center in 2000 and presented us with early 1800’s Seth Thomas clock, handed down from father to son. The clock is now part of our permanent collection.

I listened intently as Scott went through each father's name who had handed down this clock to the succeeding generation. One could only imagine the family stories, political discussions and emotions that reverberate inside that hand painted glass face and beautiful dark wooden core. Scott and Kay donated the clock after their mother’s passing and came to see it displayed on the fireplace mantle in the permanent Trail of Tears Exhibit. Thank you Scott and Kay!

Posted by Victoria


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