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Dwight Mission, Administration Building, Rural Route, Salisaw, Sequoyah County, OK



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B&W Photos

HB986536
General View Of Building, From Northeast

HB986537
West (rear) Elevation

HB986538
East (front) And South Elevations

HB986539
Auditorium, Third Floor, Looking West

HB986540
Auditorium, Third Floor, Looking East


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Item Title


Location
Rural Route, Salisaw, OK

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS OK-31
Building/structure dates: 1917 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1973 subsequent work
Significance: The Dwight Mission, founded in Arkansas in 1822, moved with the Cherokee into the new Cherokee Nation in 1839, the time of the removal from the east, and from the areas in Arkansas in which some eastern Cherokees had already settled. It was the first mission in Cherokee Nation, serving the tribe as a religious and educational center until 1948, with few interruptions. During the Civil War the leaders of the mission, whose sympathies were against slavery, tried steadfastly to keep the mission open, primarily as a place of refuge for citizens who had lost their homes, but ultimately failed. Its existence today makes it the oldest mission in Oklahoma. The building's design is an example of the shingle style.

Subjects
Indians Of North America
Wooden Buildings
War (Civil War)


Related Names
Waid, D. Everett
Washburn, Rev. Cephas
Finney, Rev. Alfred
Hitchcock, Jacob
Orr, James
Dwight, Rev. Timothy
Grashof, Bethanie C., Field Team
Higgins, Vicki J., Field Team
Holmes, Nicholas H., Field Team
Swayze, Roger D., Field Team
Smalling, Walter, Photographer
Hnedak, John D., Historian
McCown, Susan, Historian


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. GENERAL VIEW OF BUILDING, FROM NORTHEAST
2. WEST (REAR) ELEVATION
3. EAST (FRONT) AND SOUTH ELEVATIONS
4. AUDITORIUM, THIRD FLOOR, LOOKING WEST
5. AUDITORIUM, THIRD FLOOR, LOOKING EAST


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