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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Friday, March 11, 2005

Upcoming Spring Genealogy Seminar Expected to be Best Ever

The Cherokee Heritage Center is hosting its fourth annual genealogy seminar, “Genealogy of Hope: How the Cherokee Survived." The workshop will be held April 9, 2005 at the Tsi-la-gi Community Room behind the Cherokee Nation Gift Shop in Tahlequah.

This year’s guest speakers include genealogist David Keith Hampton, who will speak on the families and descendants of those Cherokee recorded in Emmett Starr‘s “History of the Cherokee Indians." Archivist Tom Mooney of the Cherokee Heritage Center will discuss Cherokee research on the web.

Anthropologist and Coordinator of Strategic Intelligence for the Cherokee Nation, Wyman Kirk, who is also a member of the State Sequoyah Convention Commission, will be speaking about the commission's centennial anniversary.

Genealogist Marybelle Chase, an author, editor, researcher, writer, and publisher will also participate. She is well known for the publication “The Cherokee Tracer,” a quarterly specializing in Cherokee records. She will be speaking about her many years with the quarterly and the publications she has researched.

This year’s keynote speaker is genealogist and author Jack Baker, who is president of the National Trail of Tears Association, president of the Goingsnake Historical District Association, and board member/treasurer of the Cherokee National Historical Society, Inc. Jack will be speaking on the newly translated Cherokee Moravian Missionary records, which hold fascinating discoveries about several Cherokee families.

All interested participants are urged to pre-register because class size will be limited to the first 70. For a limited time, pre-registration fees have been reduced to $30 for members of Cherokee National Historical Society, and $35 for non-members. Pre-registration is due by March 20. Prices after March 20 are $45 for members and $50 for nonmembers. Lobby registration opens at 9a.m. The conference begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m.

For more information, call the Cherokee Heritage Center at (918) 456-6007, toll free at (888) 999-6007, or visit the Web site at or e-mail Gene Norris at


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