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Cherokee Female Seminary, Northeastern Oklahoma State University Campus, Tahlequah, Cherokee County, OK



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Item Title
Cherokee Female Seminary, Northeastern Oklahoma State University Campus, Tahlequah, Cherokee County, OK

Location
Northeastern Oklahoma State University Campus, Tahlequah, OK

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS OK-23
Building/structure dates: 1887 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1909 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1924 subsequent work
Significance: Seminary Hall, as the structure is popularly known, has served the purposes of education since its completion in 1889. Built of locally produced materials, it replaced the original Seminary building in nearby Park Hill, which burned on Easter Sunday in 1887. It is a strong statement of the importance of education to the Cherokees, who had been from the time of the "Removal" the most culturally progressive of the American Indian tribes. The late Romanesque Revival building was the most elaborate high-style structure in the area and has always been a source of pride to the Cherokees. As a successor to the first Seminary building, it represents the oldest institution of higher learning for women west of the Mississippi.

Subjects
Education
Indians Of North America
Brick Buildings


Related Names
Illsley, C. E.
Illsley, W. A.
Davis, Joe I.
Worchester, Samuel Austin
Bacone, Rev. Almon
Grashof, Bethanie C., Field Team
Higgins, Vicki J., Field Team
Holmes, Nicholas H., Field Team
Swayze, Roger D., Field Team
Smaling, Walter, Photographer
Hnedak, John D., Historian
Tomlan, Michael A., Historian
McCown, Susan, Historian


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. GENERAL VIEW OF SEMINARY, FROM SOUTH
2. GENERAL VIEW, CLOSER
3. EAST ELEVATION
4. NORTH (REAR) AND WEST ELEVATIONS
5. VIEW OF BELLTOWER, SOUTHEAST CORNER OF BUILDING
6. DETAIL OF MAIN (SOUTH) ENTRANCE
7. DETAIL OF STONE AND BRICK WORK SURROUNDING MAIN ENTRY
8. FIREPLACE ON EAST WALL OF MAIN ENTRY HALL
9. STAIRCASE, LOOKING SOUTHWEST
10. DETAIL OF NEWEL POST AND BALUSTER WORK


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