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Famous outlaw and member of the FBI’s “Most Wanted List”, "Pretty Boy" Floyd spent much time in the Seminole County area and was said to have attended the Earlsboro funeral of his partner-in-crime dressed as a woman.   


Legend of the Snake Clan

Painted by Seminole/Creek Master Artist Enoch Kelly Haney early in his career, “Legend of the Snake Clan” tells the story of two men hunting for food in the Everglades. Groundbreaking at the time for its visual depiction of sacred Seminole legends, the artwork is now one of the most important and popular paintings in the Seminole Nation Museum’s permanent collection. Read More

Greater Seminole Oil Field

During statehood in 1907, the lands that were the Seminole Nation, Indian Territory essentially became Seminole County, Oklahoma. No one had any idea of the tremendous wealth that lay under the thickets and scrub oaks that covered most of the land. In fact, most people believed the land to be worthless. Thus, it was with great irony that the region to which the Seminoles were removed after arduous physical and political strife eventually became the center of the Greater Seminole Oil Field. Read More

The Seminole Lighthorsemen

In the days before statehood, the law of the Seminole Nation was enforced by a rugged, determined and much-feared group of men known as Lighthorsemen. Numbering approximately ten able men, the force usually consisted of a Captain, a Lieutenant and eight Privates. Read More

Sorghum Festival October 22

The age-old art of sorghum-making is celebrated each fall in Wewoka at the community’s annual Sorghum Festival.  The Festival was founded in 1976 as a joint effort of the Wewoka Rotary Club and Seminole Nation Museum. This award-winning event has become one of Oklahoma's premier attractions, drawing thousands of visitors each year from across the U.S. and abroad to Wewoka on the fourth Saturday in October.
Historic re-enactors, Native American foods, children’s crafts, live music and entertainment, as well as pioneer and Native American living demonstrations are to be found on the Seminole Nation Museum grounds – the heart of the Festival. Antique farm implements, a tractor show and other agricultural implements are also on display. 
Visitors can meet guest artists and craftsmen, watch the making of the sorghum or just sit back and enjoy a hot Indian Fry Bread topped with sweet sorghum – a Festival favorite!
Downtown, the Wewoka Chamber of Commerce offers a myriad of exciting events including a parade, car and motorcycle show, art and photography show, vendors and the John Lively Memorial 5-K Run.
As you can see, there’s something for everyone at the Wewoka Sorghum Festival. So join us on the fourth Saturday in October for “History, Food and Fun Under the Autumn Sun!"

T-shirts may be purchased online or by calling the Museum at (405) 257-5580.

IT’S OFFICIAL! The Seminole Execution Tree is coming home!

After five long months of forms, certifications, appraisals, and insurance paperwork, the Seminole Nation Museum signed documents to bring one of Wewoka’s most significant historical and cultural artifacts back to our community.

The Execution Tree – a century-old relic from the days when the Lighthorsemen doled out punishment in the Seminole Nation – has been in the possession of the Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) for over a hundred years. The Seminole Nation Museum, in conjunction with OHS, has worked to arrange an extended, renewable loan of the tree as part of our new exhibition, “An Everlasting Fire – The Seminoles of Oklahoma.” Thanks to the generosity and work of Dr. Bob Blackburn, Executive Director of OHS and Sherry Massey, Senior Registrar of the Oklahoma History Center, the Execution Tree will reach its new home in early October. The tree, which still exhibits bullet holes in its tattered trunk, will be on preview at the Seminole Nation Museum during the Wewoka Sorghum Festival, Saturday, October 22, 2016. It will be on permanent display when the exhibition opens in late 2016.

A little history on the Execution Tree:

“The Seminoles followed the old Mosaic Law. If one was guilty of murder, then one must pay the penalty with his own life. The tribal council tried the case; and if the man was found guilty, he was told to report for execution at a certain time. The condemned man was seated on a rock with his back to the tree, blindfolded; and a piece of white paper – heart-shaped – was placed over his heart. One of the Lighthorsemen had a blank shell; thus no one ever know who killed the man. Murders were few and far between in the Seminole Nation.

As the town grew, the old execution tree which stood in the street across from the rear of end of the [now former] Security State Bank, was chopped down in 1902 to make way for a “main street” store. It was dragged around in an alley to be out of the way. A.M. Seran, sensing its importance in the history of Oklahoma, retrieved it and sent it to the World’s Fair in St. Louis the following year. Today [1960] it is in the Oklahoma Historical Society Building in Oklahoma City, and one may see where the bullets entered the tree.”

- From “Barking Water: The History of Wewoka” 1960

Welcome to the Seminole Nation Museum

The Seminole Nation Museum documents and interprets the history and culture of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and the people and events that make its capital, Wewoka, one of the most historically significant and culturally diverse communities in Oklahoma. Through the use of select artifacts, historic photographs and interpretive exhibits, the events and stories that shaped the home of the Seminoles for more than a century are chronicled in a captivating, educational and enlightening experience.