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April 17, 2007

Regional heritage center to be redesigned from inside to outside

After months of planning and talking about what they want to see in the new Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, the museum stakeholders now can see a conceptual design of the gallery.

Quatrefoil Associates, of Laurel, Md., is the exhibit architect for the new heritage center, and company officials have provided a conceptual design booklet and color scheme ideas for the galleries in the new museum.

The new Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center is expected to break ground in December on a 6,000-square-foot addition to the current Museum of the Cherokee Strip building. The museum will be completely redesigned from inside to outside.

Heidi Vaughn, director of the Museum of the Cherokee Strip, presented museum staff a PowerPoint presentation on the traffic flow through the galleries and how some of the exhibits will look.

The gallery area is divided into four main areas, Vaughn said.

The first area focuses on the Cherokee Strip Outlet and its history.

“The big feature is the land run theater,” Vaughn said. The theater will seat about 35 people and will include a video presentation of the 1893 land run.

The Cherokee Strip area will conclude with an “End of the Day” diorama exhibit.

Visitors then will enter the “Land and People” gallery, which will focus on agriculture, early day settling, development of the wheat industry, exploration of oil and gas and the roles both rail and roads have played in the development of northwest Oklahoma.

Exhibits here include a replica of a sod house, along with mementos from old Champlin gas stations.

Another gallery is devoted to the story of Enid, tracing the city’s history pre-World War II and after. One focus of the Enid story area will be a panoramic photo of early day Enid’s downtown Square. It will be an interactive exhibit in which people can click on a computer and pull up information on various buildings or sites around the Square.

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