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Museum Exhibits

Using artifacts, photographs, and documents, the Cherokee Strip Museum traces the history of the Cherokee Outlet and its people.

Photograph of Henry S. Johnston

In 1932 he was elected to the State Senate. He maintained a law practice in Perry until his death January 7, 1965. On the day before his death the Oklahoma legislature approved a measure to soften the stigma of his removal from office.

Today, Henry S. Johnston's portrait hangs in the Oklahoma State Senate Chamber in honor of his service to the State of Oklahoma.

The Museum is proud to display a recreation of Mr. Johnston's office in Perry. It features original furnishings and memorabilia from his second floor office on the south side of the town square.

Henry S. Johnston
1867 - 1965

Henry S. Johnston, an early-day Perry attorney, was very active in Oklahoma politics. He was a member and temporary presiding officer of the Constitutional Convention in 1906 and was elected governor of the State of Oklahoma in 1926.

Midway through his four-year term he was impeached from office by the State Senate on a general accusation of "incompetency." When Mr. Johnston and his family returned to Perry a cheering crowd of some 4,000 townspeople surprised them with a spontaneous greeting in the courthouse park to show their support.

Henry S. Johnston's Office Exhibit

General Store

Peek through the store-front windows of an early 1900's general store.
General Store Exhibit
General Store Exhibit

The Otoe-Missouria Indians

Otoe-Missouria Exhibit

Otoe-Missouria Exhibit
Enjoy the extraordinary beadwork of the Otoe-Missouria Indians while learning about their removal in 1881 to an area along Red Rock Creek in what is now Noble County, Oklahoma.

Otoe-Missouria Exhibit

The Farm Yard

Just for the fun of it, we have recreated an early-day farm yard, complete with farmhouse porch, farm tools, and chickens.

Farm Yard Exhibit
Farm Yard Exhibit

Are you ready to do the chores?

Dressmaker's Shop and Toys

Dressmaker's Shop Exhibit

Children will have a great time viewing the toys their great-great-grandparents played with.
The interior of a seamstress's workroom with period clothing brings us back to a time of hats, gloves, and flowing ruffles.

Toy Exhibit
Guns and Lawmen Exhibit

Other Displays

  • Guns and Lawmen
  • Office of doctor D. F. Coldiron
  • Office of early day dentist, F. C. Seids
  • Memorbilia and exhibit of former governor, Henry Bellmon.
  • Early 1900's kitchen
  • Music Room
  • Tamac Pottery
  • Historic Pictures

Gift Shop

And don't forget our gift shop! It has books on local history, cookbooks, postcards, and souveniers you won't want to miss.