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 By Rose Blunk    Local    October 3, 2021

Cherokee Strip Museum draws visitors from far and wide

The Cherokee Strip Museum of Alva has made great strides over the last 20 years. At one time, the museum was one of the ‘best kept secrets in Alva.’ It sat up on the hill like a silent sentinel and kept its treasures ready for occasional vis...

 By Rose Blunk    Local    March 1, 2019

Cedar Grove Wesleyan Church dedicated and blessed

The little Cedar Grove Wesleyan Church was filled to capacity on Saturday, Feb. 24, for a dedication and blessing ceremony at its new location on the Cherokee Strip Museum compound. Approximately 100...

 By Rose Blunk    Local    February 8, 2019

Alva Monument Works donates tombstone for outlaw Isaac Black

Issac Black, famous Oklahoma outlaw buried in the Alva cemetery, now has a tombstone, after being buried 123 years in an unmarked grave. After his apprehension and death, Black was buried without any...

 By Rose Blunk    Local    May 20, 2018

The Cherokee Strip Museum recognizes two centenarians and Alva pioneers

Helen Otte Beisel was born on a farm Northwest of Alva to Henry and Bertha Otte. She went to the country school of Pleasantview through eighth grade. She walked to school through the pasture and her d...

 By Rose Blunk    Local    March 23, 2018

Ingenuity, hard work build family legacy

The story of the Kinzie family in Alva, Oklahoma, spans over a century. With innovation, ingenuity and hard work, the Kinzies have established a long-lasting legacy with far-reaching effects. Guy...

 By Rose Blunk    Local    October 6, 2017

Talk of the Town Coming

Mark your calendars for the rapidly upcoming Talk of the Town Tour on Alva’s downtown square, hosted by the Cherokee Strip Museum on Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. Plan to bring your friends and family down to the square for an enjoyable Sunday afternoon of h...

 By Rose Blunk    Local    September 10, 2017

A vineyard in Alva's backyard

Susie Koontz and her husband have lived many places during their careers. Koontz always had a dream to come back to her roots in Oklahoma, live on the farm and raise cattle. She is the daughter of Jo...

 By Rose Blunk    Local    July 21, 2017

Cherokee Strip Museum to receive Nancy Denner exhibit

The Cherokee Strip Museum is scheduled to receive a new exhibit from the Nancy Denner McGowen family, telling of Nancy Denner's (as she was then) journey from small town Alva to second runner up in th...


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