Cherokee Nation is expanding cultural and educational opportunities at its museum locations with the addition of several new interactive programs in the new year. New programming includes make-and-take activities, artist demonstrations, story time and more.

“We are always looking for new and exciting ways to share our story with the world,” said Travis Owens, director of Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism. “We’ve worked hard to not only increase the number of programs and events we offer, but have also focused on ways to create an immersive atmosphere that provides entertaining, educational and interactive ways for us to keep people engaged.”

Upcoming events and programs include:

January 18

Story time at the Cherokee National History Museum with Cherokee Nation citizen and author Traci Sorrell begins at 11 a.m. During this family-friendly event, Sorrell will share two of her Cherokee stories, “At the Mountain's Base” and “We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga.” An audio version of “We Are Grateful,” featuring Cherokee National Treasure Tonia Weavel, as well as Choogie Mackey, Ryan Mackey and Lauren Hummingbird, will also be played. The event is open to the public and free to attend.

January 25

Guests visiting the Cherokee National History Museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. will have the opportunity to create their own stickballs. The event is open to the public and free to attend.

February 15

Story time at the Cherokee National History Museum with Cherokee Nation citizen Candice Byrd begins at 11 a.m. and features traditional and historical Cherokee love stories in a performance called Cherokee Hearts. The family-friendly event is open to the public and free to attend.

The Cherokee National History Museum is located at 101 S. Muskogee Ave.

For information on Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism, including museum operations, please call (877) 779-6977 or visit www.VisitCherokeeNation.com.

About Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism Group

Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism is managed by Cherokee Nation Businesses and was created in 2007 to preserve and promote the history and culture of the Cherokee people. Efforts by the Cherokee Nation include award-winning cultural, specialty and event tours and operation of five Cherokee Nation museums, two Cherokee Nation welcome centers and various Cherokee Nation retail operations.