McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

February 5, 2014

Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center changing hours of operation

Staff reports
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center is changing its hours of operation.

The Heritage Center, 507 S. 4th, no longer will be open on Sunday afternoons. The change in the operating schedule is effective immediately.

“Right now, attendance on Sunday afternoons does not warrant the additional tasking of volunteers and staff,” Director Andi Holland said. “We certainly are attuned to the needs of the public, and should circumstances change, we will adjust the operating schedule as needed.”

The Heritage Center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, but is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day and Easter.

The Heritage Center is a historical museum that tells the story of the settlement and development of northwest Oklahoma, beginning with the Land Run of 1893. The museum offers interactive exhibits, research, events and programs.

The museum was established in the early 1960s on the grounds of Phillips University by the Sons & Daughters of the Cherokee Strip Pioneers Association. In 1975, the museum, then known as Museum of the Cherokee Strip, was constructed at its present location and became a property of the Oklahoma Historical Society in 1976.

Humphrey Heritage Village, the Heritage Center’s living history village, was a dream of Bill Humphrey. Completed in 1993, the village features four historically significant buildings: a church, one-room school, frontier home and the only remaining 1893 U.S. Land Office, where those making the run came to register their claims.

In 2005, Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center Inc. was created through a partnership with Oklahoma Historical Society, Sons & Daughters of the Cherokee Strip Pioneers Association and Phillips University Legacy Foundation, for the purpose of transforming the museum into the first regional heritage center in the state.

The new $10 million Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center opened in April 2011.

For information, contact the Heritage Center at (580) 237-1907 or go online to