It has been announced the Southern Cherokee Cultural Center (SCCC) will host Vintage Market II on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at the Eugene Northern Community Center, located at 4th & Main, in Rolla. According to event organizers, Vintage Market II is being announced now, because it will require community involvement to collect a wide variety of quality items for the county-wide sale.

It has been announced the Southern Cherokee Cultural Center (SCCC) will host Vintage Market II on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at the Eugene Northern Community Center, located at 4th & Main, in Rolla. According to event organizers, Vintage Market II is being announced now, because it will require community involvement to collect a wide variety of quality items for the county-wide sale.

Proceeds from the event are dedicated to a building fund for the Southern Cherokee tribe, who until recently, have been an invisible culture living in Phelps County, according to Linda Carr, last year’s Vintage Market organizer.

She previously told The Rolla Daily News, “the hardship experienced through generations [of the Southern Cherokee] has created a cycle of poverty, not unlike that experienced by some in Phelps County today. Currently, the Southern Cherokee estimate the median income for a family of four within the tribe is roughly $15,000,” says Linda.
“Education has lost its importance within the culture. The estimated high school graduation rate for the Southern Cherokee children is 50 percent.The evidence of college graduates is nonexistent.”

As a group, the Southern Cherokee Tribe has around 500 members, many of them living in south-central Missouri, but their base is in the Indian Nations, at Webber Falls, Okla.

Carr explains this annual fundraiser is just a start, but an important one to help the tribe gain a foothold to solidify tribal recognition and heritage for the next generation of Southern Cherokees in the Ozarks.

That’s why Vintage Market II organizers are looking for gently used furniture, upscale accessories, household goods, antiques and jewelry to be sold to help the SCCC.

Carr and others that have taken up the plight of the Southern Cherokee have been encouraged. She said those attending last year’s event talked about being overwhelmed with furniture, accessories and other personal items.
“Many people have spent years – perhaps a lifetime – collecting,” she said.  “Sometimes those treasures can become burdensome. Being able to downsize, or reduce the number of belongings, while supporting the Southern Cherokee people is attractive to a lot of people.”  

Carr noted the SCCC is a 501(c)(3) organization, so items that individuals donate will be eligible for a tax deduction. She said details and updates will be forthcoming. For more information or details about donations call 573-578-5549 or 573-201-4040.