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Cherokee National Press launches Moravian book series
By STAFF REPORTS
Fri, Jul 30, 2010
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Cherokee Heritage Center recently released the first of a series of books about the Moravian Church and its early contact with Cherokee people.
Volume 1, “Records of the Moravians Among the Cherokees, Early Contact and the Establishment of the First Missions, 1752-1802,” was released at the joint council meeting between the Cherokee Nation and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians on April 17 at the Indian mission in Oaks.
The first volume tells of initial contacts with the Cherokee during the French and Indian War and the American Revolution, exploratory visits and the founding of missions up to 1802.
Moravian archivists C. Daniel Crews and Richard W. Starbuck edited the book. Crews translated many Moravian texts written in German that had never before been published.
The second volume is expected to be released this fall and will continue the Cherokee/Moravian story to 1805. During this period, Cherokees began opening their land for the settlement of missionaries, expecting a proper school for their children in return.
Future volumes will continue the story through the Removal, Civil War, to the close of the 19th century. Six volumes will make up the series, which was funded the CN and the EBCI.
Volume 1 may be ordered from the CHC. Cherokee National Historical Society members receive a 10 percent discount from the $50 retail cost. There is a $10 shipping and handling charge and $5 for each additional book.
Orders should be mailed to Cherokee National Press, P.O. Box 515, Tahlequah, OK 74465. To order by phone, call 1-888-999-6007.