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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Saturday, February 19, 2005

Cherokee Heritage Center Staff

It takes a diverse and wonderful group of folks to keep the Cherokee Heritage Center going, and here is a brief rogues' gallery of staffers I was lucky enough to photograph at a recent event. Other photos will be posted as I can trick people into sitting still for a few moments in front of the camera's blinking eye.

Tonia Weavel, Director of Education, superb organizer and teacher, positive and enthusiastic force for the Center

Ami Maddocks, PR and Special Events Coordinator, woman who makes things happen that are astonishing in their complexity and level of detail

Will Burgess, IT genius and general man-who-keeps-the-whole-place-from-falling-apart

Cora Lathrop, warm-hearted woman who makes sure that you don't spend more than you bring in, and general enforcer of the Heritage Center Laws!

Zach Ford, man of infinite patience and good cheer who keeps the grounds looking spiffy and welcoming

Tom Mooney, archivist and general authority on everything that happened back before bicycles had wheels

Chrissie Moore, accountant and totally professional manager of the books

Will Lowe, ex-Marine, softball star, and master of the membership rolls here at the Center

Sam No-Fire, Cherokee elder and keeper of the cultural flame

Kathryn Roastingear, museum store coordinator, always smiling, and keeps everything upstairs in perfect order

Rachel Dew, interpretive guide for the ancient village, basketmaker, and lovely lady!

Susan Cro, administrative specialist, cheery staffer, and person who gets things done when they need doing

Gene Norris, genealogist, and person who can definitively tell you that your great-grandmother was definitely NOT a Cherokee princess (because there weren't any!)

Mickel Yantz, museum curator who makes the impossible possible, lover of great Seattle coffee, and first-rate guy

Perry VanBuskirk, manager of the ancient village, expert on Cherokee culture, craftsman who specializes in blowguns, stickball sets, and numerous other things of beauty

Mel Phillips, grantwriter, person of infinite good humor, snappy dresser, and first-rate dad

Kathy VanBuskirk, receptionist, master basketmaker, wonderful cook and baker, and keeper of Cherokee culture and language

Becky Adair, education coordinator, woman of infinite grace, good cheer, exceptional talent, and she-who-makes-sure-education-events-are-done-according-to-plan. Posted by Seth, and no, it's no coincidence that my photo is nowhere to be found!


Anonymous Becky said...

It's nice to see that there's a face with internal departments (except Marketing). It goes to show that there are many people who work hard everyday to help ensure the Cherokee Heritage Center continues to remain operational.

12:34 PM  
Blogger Cherokee Heritage Center said...

One day we'll get a photo of the elusive marketing guy...

12:58 PM  

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