Preservation: Saving the Neighborhood

Cherokee Call for Help

 

The Cherokee National Supreme Court Building, built in 1844 (and rebuilt after a fire in the mid-1870s), is the oldest public building in Oklahoma.

Not only was it the legal center for the tribe, it was also the home of the bilingual Cherokee Advocate newspaper, which informed folks from its founding in 1844 to its demise in 1906.

The building has sat vacant in Tahlequah since 1994, but not for much longer; it will soon be a museum. Last year, the Cherokee began restoring the outside of the structure (at a cost of $350,000). By the time you read this, they should have already begun the interior renovation.

In preparation for that, the tribe is requesting artifacts  tied to the Cherokee National Judicial System, the Cherokee Language and the Cherokee Advocate and Phoenix newspapers.

All items—whether permanently donated or provided on loan—will be catalogued. The benefactor’s name will be posted near the display.

918-384-5929 – CherokeeTourismOK.com

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