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Come by the museum and welcome our new historian, Alexandra Koch. Alex was raised in Jay, Oklahoma and has lived in Delaware County most of her life. She graduated from Northeastern State University with a degree in History. Anyone in need of genealogical research assistance, please feel free to contact us and schedule a visit with her. She'll also slowly begin to make all historical records more accessible to the public, as well as increase our online presence.

Oklahoma Hall of Fame at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum

Wilma Mankiller (Oklahoma Hall of Fame Class of 1994) was named the first director of the Cherokee Nation Community Development Department in 1981. Two years later, she became Deputy Chief of the Cherokees — marking the first time a woman held the position. She went on to become the first female Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation in 1985, was re-elected in 1987 and won by landslide again in 1991 (receiving 82.7% of the vote). In 1998, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. #MemberMonday #WomensHistoryMonth

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Come by the museum and welcome our new historian, Alexandra Koch. Alex was raised in Jay, Oklahoma and has lived in Delaware County most of her life. She graduated from Northeastern State University with a degree in History. Anyone in need of genealogical research assistance, please feel free to contact us and schedule a visit with her. She'll also slowly begin to make all historical records more accessible to the public, as well as increase our online presence.