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Cherokee Nation buys historic Will Rogers Birthplace Museum

Posted at 11:11 PM, Nov 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-05 00:11:26-05

OOLOGAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation is the proud new owner of the historic Will Rogers Birthplace Museum in Oologah, Okla.

A signing ceremony was held Wednesday morning to commemorate the purchase. The Cherokee Nation bought the museum from the Oklahoma Historical Society.

"He always remembered he was Cherokee. We also remember he is Cherokee," said Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation Chuck Hoskin Jr. "He has a legacy that is so intertwined with Cherokee history that this birth place is a very special place."

The home was built between 1873 and 1875 on more than 60,000 acres. It also served as a meeting place for commerce, government and community socials.

With this addition, the tribe said it now operates eight Cherokee Nation museums, including two welcome centers and several retailers.

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