Department of Parks
Lecture on Cherokee Removal to Be Presented at Wickliffe Mounds Oct. 4
WICKLIFFE, Ky. -- Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site will host an historical lecture on the Cherokee Trail of Tears on Saturday Oct. 4, 2008.
The lecture will coincide with an open meeting of the Kentucky Chapter of the National Trail of Tears Association at Wickliffe Mounds. The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. with a presentation by the chapter president, Beverly Baker, on the military and Cherokee removal. The program will discuss the military’s involvement (or lack thereof) from the Cherokee roundup in the southeast U.S. to their arrival in Indian Territory (Oklahoma) in 1839.
The program will attempt to lay to rest many of the misconceptions dealing with this tragic period in American history. The meeting and lecture are free to the public, and admission to the museum is $5 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12. For more information call Carla Hildebrand at 270-335-3681.
Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site features a museum, gift shop, trail, and picnic area. The park is located at 94 Green Street, Highway 51/60 in Wickliffe, Ballard County, Ky., along the Great River Road. It is an important Native American archaeological site and a unique part of Kentucky’s history.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 53 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. Each year, Kentucky parks draw 7 million visitors and contribute $317 million to the economy. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our Web site at http://www.parks.ky.gov.