JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., NOV. 7, 2011 -- A special presentation on Nov. 12 at Trail of Tears State Park near Jackson will mark November as American Indian Heritage Month. The presentation will be held in the park's visitor center beginning at 9:30 a.m. and the public is invited to attend.
Duane King, Ph.D., will present a program on Cherokee removal routes within a 50-mile radius of the park. King is the executive director of the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa as well as vice president for museum affairs at the University of Tulsa. He previously held administrative positions are five other museums including the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian. He has authored more than 100 publications, including his dissertation on "A Grammar and Dictionary of the Cherokee Language." His latest publication is the "The Cherokee Trail of Tears."
Trail of Tears State Park is located at 429 Moccasin Springs Road on Highway 177 in Cape Girardeau County. For more information, call the park at 573-290-5268 or the Missouri Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419(Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For more information about state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com.