November 23, 2011

Emissaries of Peace on the road

Museum to take Cherokee story to wider audience in 2012The Museum of the Cherokee Indian will take its story on the road in 2012, holding a series of new programs showcasing Ostenaco’s and Henry Timberlake’s journey to each other’s countries 250 years ago in a traveling exhibit called ‘Emissaries of Peace.’

The museum will celebrate this story and explore the two cultures—Cherokee and British—with seven events in four states.

“We are looking forward to these exciting events, and taking this story of two cultures to a wider audience,” said Ken Blankenship, executive director of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian and an enrolled tribal member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

In 2006, the museum created the exhibit, “Emissaries of Peace: 1762 Cherokee and British Delegations.” It was designated a “We the People” exhibit by the National Endowment for the Humanities. This designation is awarded to projects that encourage and strengthen the understanding of American history and culture and that advance knowledge of the principles that define America.

During 2012, seven events and a public television broadcast will tell this story to new audiences. A battle re-enactment, festivals with 18th century Cherokee living history, scholarly symposia, a television broadcast and a trip to London will take place from Memorial Day through November.
Comment:  Henry Timberlake may be the ancestor Justin Timberlake referred to in Timberlake's Cherokee Golf Course.

For more on Cherokee history, see Cherokee "History After Dark" and Ancient Cherokee Days.

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