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The Phillips Gallery at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center Museum
On December 31, 2008, Phillips University alumni and friends met their $1 million fundraising goal for the Phillips University Gallery in the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center (CSRHC). Housing more than 2,000 artifacts along with several thousand photographs related to the university, the PU Gallery is a part of the 6,000 square-foot expanded center at 4th Street and Garriott in Enid.
The displays are built around the four ideals and cornerstones of the Phillips University experience - spiritual, intellectual, social and physical - represented by the majestic Corinthian columns that grace the lawn of the Phillips University Campus. Replicas of the four columns have been placed on the plaza grounds overlooking PU Gallery in the CSRHC.
- The Gallery engages visitors in the story of Phillips University with state-of-the-art, Smithsonian-quality exhibits that celebrate its achievements and share rich memories of Oklahoma's first private university.
- Visitors enjoy seeing club jackets and paddles, athletic trophies and uniforms, and video clips of arts and music events. They may research photos and information about faculty, administrators and other historical facts at kiosks throughout the Gallery.
- The exterior landscape of the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center feature replicas of the four 27-foot Phillips University Corinthian columns - standing as a testament to the University's ideals.
Partnering to Preserve Our Heritage
Both Phillips University Legacy Foundation and the Phillips University Alumni and Friends Association were involved in planning for the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center renovation and expansion. The partnership includes Phillips University, the Sons and Daughters of the Cherokee Strip, the Oklahoma Historical Society, and the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center Task Force Board.
Don and Barbara Angle
History & Artifacts Committee
"Through the Tradition Project, the Phillips Gallery will allow us to preserve our memories of the university we loved and show its influence on individuals, Enid, the state, the nation and the world."