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Published June 18, 2018
TAHLEQUAH — The Cherokee Heritage Center is hosting a living history supper in celebration of its new exhibit “Cherokee Recollections: The Pocahontas Club.”
The exhibit runs through August 4 and showcases the women, and sometimes men, behind the organization and its unwavering commitment to education, culture and community throughout the last century.
“The Pocahontas Club and its members have played a significant role in Cherokee society throughout time,” said Dr. Charles Gourd, executive director of the Cherokee Heritage Center. “It is imperative that we take the time to understand and appreciate their contributions to not only Cherokee culture, but all native peoples and the communities in which we reside. There is much we can still learn and much to be reminded of from this outstanding organization.”
Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor Keith Austin said the exhibit is an honor to the history and mission of the Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club.
“I am so pleased the Cherokee Heritage Center has chosen to honor the rich history of the Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club with this exhibit,” Austin said. “For almost 120 years, the club has been devoted to promoting the education and well-being of the Cherokee people and preserving our culture and history. It is fitting that this exhibit will ensure their rich story is shared with many and preserved for future generations.”
A reception and living history supper will be held on June 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Adam’s Corner Rural Village, which represents Cherokee life in the 1890s before Oklahoma statehood. The event is free and open to the public.
The Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club was established June 29, 1899, in the Cooweescoowee District of the Cherokee Nation in Indian Territory. Today, the club has just over 200 members throughout the U.S. and remains committed to its primary objective, promoting Indian welfare and education.
“Returning to the sacred grounds of the original Cherokee Female Seminary where we began June 29, 1899, is truly humbling. We thank the Cherokee Nation and the Cherokee Heritage Center for their continued support in sharing the history of our organization,” said Ollie Starr, events coordinator for the Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club.
The Cherokee Heritage Center is the premier cultural center for Cherokee history, culture and the arts. It is located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive in Park Hill.