Voted an Outstanding New Attraction in Oklahoma, the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center stands on one of the most famed spots in the American West, on the Chisholm Trail. The Heritage Center celebrates the spirit of the Cherokee Strip pioneers through engaging exhibits and living history events. Come experience one of the most significant heritage visitor destinations and educational resources in the State of Oklahoma.
The Heritage Center houses a varied collection of historical material including numerous eyewitness pioneer accounts, oral and video histories and more than 9,000 original and reproduced photographs, many of which depict the drama of the historic Cherokee Strip Land Run. The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center houses over 10,000 artifacts including the first portable drilling rig invented in 1930 by George E. Failing on display in the entrance of the museum.
In addition to the vast amount of information on exhibit in the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, there is also a Research Center on site. Resources for genealogical or historical research relate to the region and the 1893 Land Run. These resources include area newspapers dating from the land run to 1920 on microfilm, city directories, land records and maps. Historical and biographical books are available, and the Research Center holds a large historical photo collection. Computers with Internet access are offered in the Research Center and include the popular genealogical research tool Ancestry.com
Come and browse through exhibits containing houshold objects and agricultural implements that were necessary for homesteading in the Outlet. The center also documents the beginnings of the United States Air Force and the creation of Vance AFB that trains 1/3 of the United States military pilots.
The center 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.
“The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, a property of the Oklahoma Historical Society, tells the story of the largest land run in American history.”