Apr 6, 2011

And This Week's Snapshot Answer is...

The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center in Enid!


Per TravelOK.com:

"The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, located in Enid and operated by the Oklahoma Historical Society, is a 24,000 sq ft facility that features five exhibit galleries interpreting the settlement and development of northwest Oklahoma. In addition, the Humphrey Heritage Village, a living history village on the grounds of the complex, features four historically significant buildings including the only remaining 1893 Land Office. Come to the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center to celebrate the spirit of the Cherokee Strip pioneers and to experience one of the most significant heritage visitor destinations and educational resources in northwest Oklahoma.

Visitors to the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center will enjoy more than 12,500 sq ft of climate-controlled exhibit space. Connect to the excitement, hardships and determination of the people who made the land run in the museum's Land Run Theater, or visit the "End of the Day" exhibit to witness a three-dimensional, authentically reproduced camp scene complete with a covered wagon and other items settlers would have brought with them. The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center also features beautifully landscaped grounds that include "The Homesteader," a bronze statue by renowned Western artist Harold Holden.

This museum houses a varied collection of historical material including numerous eyewitness pioneer accounts, oral and video histories and more than 8,000 original and reproduced photographs, many of which depict the drama of the historic Cherokee Strip Land Run. The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center houses 10,000 artifacts including the first portable drilling rig invented by George E. Failing in 1930.

Come to this museum and browse through exhibits containing household objects and agricultural tools that were necessary for homesteading in the Outlet. The center also features material related to the discovery and development of the region's oil and gas industry and items documenting the development of the nation's first fully-integrated petroleum company. Using its rich collection of artifacts, photographs and documents, the museum expertly traces the history of the Cherokee Outlet and the people who settled there, making the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center a must-see."

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