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John Ross—The Early Years

MAY 4 - DEC. 29, 2018; 10 AM - 4 PM

The John Ross Museum​ proudly presents "The Letters of John Ross," a new exhibit demonstrating how the great statesman's letters were preserved through time and highlighting some of his most powerful writing.

In the early 1800s, if someone needed to send a message, they typically wrote a letter. A well-educated man, Principal Chief John Ross often wrote to and with his fellow tribesmen. As his influence grew, his letters traveled further afield to political allies and even presidents. 

Whether Cherokee Nation was at peace or at war, facing a time of peril and injustice or an age of safety and prosperity, Principal Chief John Ross wrote to shape the destiny of his people.

In equal parts elegance and agony, Ross expressed what it meant for Cherokee Nation to lose it lands in a forced removal to Indian Territory. He practiced careful diplomacy in an era that saw brothers take arms against one another during the American Civil War. 

The John Ross Museum​ is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is located at 22366 S. 530 Road in Park Hill, Oklahoma.