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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Monday, October 17, 2005

Cherokee Heritage Center Receives Top Honors at Governor’s Conference

The Cherokee Heritage Center in Park Hill, Okla., received two Redbud Awards and a Merit award during the Governor’s Conference on Tourism held in Tulsa October 2-4. The center was awarded a Redbud for Best Sponsorship/Partnership, a Redbud for Best Web Site and a Merit award for Outstanding Temporary Exhibit for the Cherokee Athletes Exhibit displayed in January.

The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department and the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association host the annual Redbud Awards, honoring excellence in tourism attractions, events and promotional efforts across the state. These awards represent the highest honor given for tourism in the state of Oklahoma.

The Best Sponsorship/Partnership category was judged on significant expansion of advertising or promotion budget due to sponsorships or cooperative efforts, creativity in soliciting sponsorship dollars and effective use of sponsorship dollars. The Cherokee Heritage Center won for its partnership with Cherokee Nation Enterprises on the production of a full-color informational magazine, “Cherokee Adventures,” designed to lure tourists to the entire Cherokee Nation.

The Best Web Site category was judged on ease of use, creativity, visual appeal, appropriateness for target audience, site effectiveness and achievement of goals. The Cherokee Heritage Center site,, recently underwent a re-design in cooperation with the Information Systems department of the Cherokee Nation.

Each category offers only two awards, a Merit award and a Redbud. The Cherokee Heritage Center’s Cherokee Athlete’s exhibit received a Merit award for Outstanding Temporary Exhibit. This category was judged on creative and unique elements, marketing, publications and improvements or enhancements made to exhibits since initial display.

“We are honored to have been recognized by our peers in the industry and by the State of Oklahoma,” said Cherokee Heritage Center Public Relations Officer, Ami Maddocks. “The support we have received from the Cherokee Nation, Cherokee Nation Enterprises and the community is appreciated by everyone here at the center.”

The Cherokee Heritage Center is a nonprofit organization devoted to the preservation and promotion of Cherokee history and culture. The center is home to the Ancient Village, Adams Corner Rural Village, the Cherokee National Museum and the Tsa La Gi Amphitheater. For more information on the Cherokee Heritage Center’s events and attractions, call (918) 456-6007 or visit the Web site at


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