After weeks of planning, remodeling and art acquisitions from Osage artists, a new Osage Nation Visitors Center will open its doors Nov. 9.
The Visitors Center is located at 602 East Main Street in Pawhuska. Doors will open at 9 a.m. Business hours for the center will be Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In an effort to intercept the increased traffic of tourists visiting Pawhuska on a daily basis, the Visitors Center will provide an “accurate history of the Osage using technology and literature, providing an enhanced experience for all visitors,” according to an ON release. “The mission of the Osage Nation Visitors Center is to promote Osage culture, Osage Nation programs, and services, Osage artists and Osage owned businesses.”
“It has been a long yet rewarding experience to be a part of developing this new program for the Osage Nation,” said Addie Hudgins, director of the WahZhaZhe Cultural Center. “The amount of visitors coming to the area is huge and I believe it is important for us to tell our story as Osages.”
The ON Visitors Center promotes Osage-owned businesses and Osage artists in the area. The Center will also direct visitors to local attractions, as well as provide details and directions for Osage Nation programs and services, according to the release. Visitors will have the opportunity to use the Osage Language App on the iPad bar and purchase gifts and art by Osage artists.
Nation departments worked together to prepare for the opening of the Visitors Center. Tribal Development and Land Acquisition Department, Tribal Works, Information Technologies, Roads Department and the WahZhaZhe Cultural Center. Osage Casinos and Chad Renfro Designs were also integral with the renovations, according to a prepared release.
For more information about the Osage Nation Visitors Center call (918) 287-5537 or visit www.osagenation-nsn.gov.