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Press Release

Release Date: April 02, 2019

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office



  • Once the home of Chickasaw Governor Douglas H. Johnston, the Chickasaw White House still lives up to one of its names: the mansion on the frontier. During Johnston’s 36-year tenure, he remained dedicated to his family and would help his children craft kites to enjoy on the property.

EMET, Okla. – Each year, as the weather warms, kites fill the skies during the Chickasaw White House kite flying event.

Community members are welcome to visit the historical site during the festivities, open to the public at no charge and taking place over two weekends, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 20 and 26-27.

The event is hosted in honor of former Chickasaw Governor Douglas H. Johnston, who enjoyed flying kites with his family. He helped his children Llewellyn, Juanita and Douglas Jr., make their own to fly on the grounds.

Guests may bring their own kites or fly one provided by the Chickasaw White House staff. Pack a picnic lunch or enjoy a provided refreshment.

The Chickasaw White House grounds are ideal for flying kites, with open fields and no utility lines to obstruct flight.

Governor Johnston – after whom Oklahoma’s Johnston County is named – owned a general store near Emet where he gathered most of the supplies necessary to make kites for his children.

In addition to working as a merchant and eventually as Governor, Johnston also dedicated much of his life to service as a superintendent of Bloomfield Academy.

He and his wife, Bettie, are documented as being very involved with their children and valuing education and family time as top priority.

Visiting the Chickasaw White House, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is like stepping back in time. Thanks to its architecture and unique array of antiques, the White House lives up to its reputation for being a “mansion on the frontier.”

For more information about events or tours, contact the Chickasaw White House at (580) 235-7343, or visit Chickasaw.net/WhiteHouse.

The Chickasaw White House is located at 6379 E. Mansion Drive in Emet, Oklahoma.

Last Updated: 09/16/2016