Did you know...
Alice Brown Davis, the first female chief of all of the five civilized tribes, was sworn into office in July of 1922 by President Warren G. Harding. Before being sworn in as chief, Alice spent the early decades of her life as a farmer, rancher, postmistress, educator, interpreter, missionary and mother to eleven children. Chief Alice’s compassion, determination and charity to the Seminole people made her one of the most beloved and honored leaders of her time.
Sorghum Festival October 22
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!"
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  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.