ENID, Okla. — A large turnout of community members welcomed new Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center Director Robbin Davis in a reception Thursday evening.
The drop-in reception allowed visitors to meet and greet Davis, and ask questions. The event was hosted by the board and staff at Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 S. 4th.
Davis, who comes from Oklahoma City, said she's most excited about getting involved with the center and community.
"Getting involved with the community. Moving over here, finding a home ... and just getting settled over here and immersing ourselves in the community and doing some fun things here, maybe building on some of the programs they've done in the past," Davis said.
She also praised Andi Holland's work during her time as director before stepping down.
"I just want to kind of honor what she's done and maybe help to move the museum and the village forward a little bit in the community. I feel very excited to be here, I'm very proud to be part of the historical society and what we do and the museum's beautiful of course, and I love the village," Davis said.
Holland announced her retirement from the Heritage Center earlier this year and stepped down from the director position at the end of September, with Davis officially beginning her role Oct. 1.
Before coming to Enid, Davis served in multiple positions with Oklahoma Historical Society for 12 years.
The board is involved and the community invested in the museum, Davis said, and she hopes that it can continue.
"(I just want) to continue the quality of excellence that has been established, maybe do some new programs, bring in some great exhibits, and I want to really make sure the people of Enid feel welcomed to come in and participate and involve the community ... definitely incorporate the village into everything that we do, just showcase the wonderful community that's Enid and Northwest Oklahoma," Davis said.
She also spoke to Enid and Northwest Oklahoma's history, and the importance of keeping it alive.
"We just want to be able to share that and make sure people are learning about the history of Oklahoma. And collecting, preserving, sharing, that's what we do," Davis said.
Miller writes for Enid News & Eagle, a CNHI News Service publication.