The Cherokee Heritage Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is the premier cultural center for Cherokee tribal history, culture and the arts. Located in the heart of the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, it was established in 1963 by the Cherokee National Historical Society to preserve and promote the Cherokee culture.
The Cherokee Heritage Center is also home to the Cherokee National Archives, which is the Nation’s foremost collection of historic tribal related documents and artifacts from the 1700s through present day.
The Cherokee Heritage Center is situated on the grounds of the original Cherokee Female Seminary, which is one of the first institutions of higher learning for women west of the Mississippi and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The National Park Service has designated the Center as the interpretive site for the western terminus of the Trail of Tears for Cherokees and other tribes forcibly removed to Indian Territory, now Oklahoma, during the 1800s. In 2013, Diligwa became the grounds’ ancient village that authentically portrays Cherokee life in 1710.