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Come, Escape to the Prison, and hear exhilarating tales of Cherokee justice in Indian Territory.
APRIL 21, 12 PM – 1 PM
Cherokee Nation embraced education as a means to produce a citizenship that could be viewed as equal to any other nation’s citizenship.

The cornerstone for the Cherokee National Female Seminary, built by Cherokee Nation, was laid in 1847 by Chief John Ross. It is one of the earliest schools of higher learning established for women west of the Mississippi. 

The school for women opened in 1851 with students learning subjects such as Latin, botany, chemistry, physics and music. 

The beautiful building was destroyed by fire 130 years ago on Easter Sunday in 1887.

Join us on Friday, April 21, from noon to 1 p.m., at the John Ross Museum​ for this year’s first installment of our Brown Bag Lecture Series to learn more about the Cherokee National Female Seminary and its impact on Cherokee Nation and its citizens. 

Retired educator and local history expert, Beth Herrington, will lead the discussion. Herrington has written three books of local history and tradition and is publishing a fourth called "Tahlequah Fact and Folklore."

Admission to this exciting and revealing discussion is free and open to the public; however, space is limited. Attendees are encouraged to bring a sack lunch.
The John Ross Museum is located at 22366 S. 530 Road in Park Hill, Oklahoma.​​