As part of the Spring River Gem & Mineral Club (SRGMC) “Only in Arkansas” mini-series, Dr. Daniel Littlefield, co-founder and now Director of the world-renowned Sequoyah National Research Center will present “A Close-Up View of a Cherokee Family,1811-2010” on May 5at 10 a.m. at Thunder-bird Center located on62 North Lakeshore Road in Cherokee Village.“ The name of the center pays homage to Sequoyah. a Cherokee who has a place in history as the creator of the alphabet for the Cherokee language. What some might not realize is that Sequoyah was in Arkansas when he perfected his system of writing,” explains Dr. Littlefield.
The Sequoyah National Research Center(SNRC) in Little Rock is an Arkansas gem, visited by people allover the world.
The SNRC strives to ensure that the discussion of Native Americans account for the perspectives of the people themselves. Archives and library collections consist of the written word and art of Native Americans and thus constitute the largest assemblage of Native American expression in the world.
The James W. and Sally E. Frazier Trust collection in the Sequoyah National Research Center Archives follows Gideon Morgan, a Cherokee entrepreneur, and his descendants for over two centuries. This collection contains land allotments, deeds, banking and business records, and family his-tory through personal correspondence. Dr. Littlefield has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Cherokee Nation’s Great State of Sequoyah Commission. He has been inducted into the Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame, and honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Arkansas Historical Association. The collections of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Sequoyah National Research Center constitute the largest assemblage of Native American expression in the world. Our mission, to acquire and preserve the writings and ideas of Native North Americans, is accomplished through collecting the written word and art of Native Americans and creating a research atmosphere that invites indigenous peoples to make the Center an archival home for their creative work. The Sequoyah National Research Center strives to ensure that the discussion of Native America accounts for the perspectives of the peoples themselves. The Center is located in ton the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in the Fine Arts building in Room 156. There search room is open to researchers Monday through Friday from 8a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors are welcome to attend the SRGMC-meeting. For further information, text 870-847-3109.