About Us

About Us

Our Mission

History Cherokee is a nonprofit organization engaged in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of Cherokee County history.

Through strong community partnerships, relevant educational programming, intentional collecting practices, and historic preservation advocacy we strive to:

  • Serve as a trusted community resource for Cherokee County history.
  • Inspire our audience to become empathetic and engaged citizens in their communities.
  • Cultivate a love of learning and understanding about our shared past.

History Cherokee owns and operates the Cherokee County History Center and the Historic Rock Barn Venue.

Our Story

Our Story

The Cherokee County Historical Society was founded in 1975 by a group of local individuals interested in preserving the history of Cherokee County. Now known as History Cherokee, we are the sole organization in Cherokee County engaged in collecting, preserving, and interpreting all aspects of its history.

History Cherokee is a private, non-profit 501c(3) organization governed by a Board of Directors. Until 2004, History Cherokee was a volunteer organization but today employs several museum professionals dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of the region. In 2020, CCHS rebranded itself to become History Cherokee. This umbrella designation encompasses all our activities and allows us to share our work in historic preservation, local history education, and the Rock Barn event venue in a uniquely universal way.

Our Team

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Stefanie Joyner

Executive Director

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Whitney Spear

Development Manager

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Kathy Lyles

Marketing and Communications Manager

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Thomas Paterson

Development and Communications Coordinator

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Board of Directors

President - Rebecca Johnston

Vice President - Chuck Douglas

Treasurer - Billy Peppers

Secretary - Victoria Stanton
Parliamentarian - Kyle Bennett

Past President - Jeff Brown

Michael Caldwell

Jenn Goddard

Zach Godfrey

Randy Gravley

Bob Hulsey

Rob Logan

Lisa Morton

Spencer Nix

Steven Page

Katie Pearson

Eric Rein

Rajpal Sagoo

Pat Tanner



Admission to the Cherokee County History Center includes access to the museum, temporary exhibition, and research library.

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Discover how you can be a part of history with us through volunteer opportunities, becoming a member, or donating an artifact.

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