October 11 Visit by Cherokee Nation leaders to the Archives

Archivists C. Daniel Crews (left), Richard W. Starbuck (next to right), and J. Eric Elliott (right) welcome gift of the Cherokee Nation by Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin, Jr. (center) and Hon. Jack D. Baker (next to left).
On October 11, 2017, a reading room full of invited guests assembled to welcome an official visit by two leaders from the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin, Jr., and the Honorable Jack D. Baker, a former At-Large Councilman (2006-2017) for Cherokee Nation, presented the Archives with a check for $25,000 to support the publication of additional volumes of the book series Records of the Moravians Among the Cherokees.
Secretary Hoskin, on his first visit to Salem, expressed his appreciation for the partnership between the Church’s Archives and the Cherokee Nation. “I am proud of the history of our people and our culture, and the strength we have shown through difficult times. But I am also grateful for the friends we have had along the way, who stood alongside us. The Moravians have been our friends, and helped our people prepare for change and survive it.” Hoskin also presented each of the three Moravian Archivists in the room with original Cherokee artworks, and inspected the process and some of the materials used in creating the book series.

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