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Release Date: September 28, 2022
by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

Discover the rich history of Tishomingo as the Chickasaw Bank Museum, 413 W. Main St., Tishomingo, Oklahoma, debuts a new exhibit during the Chickasaw Annual Meeting and Festival.

“Tishomingo: A Look into the Past” showcases photographs of Tishomingo from the late 1800s to the 1940s. Visitors can watch as Main Street changes throughout the years, with some of the oldest photographs from pre-statehood. 

Former Chickasaw Nation Governor Robert M. Harris (1896-1898) was the visionary of the two-story Romanesque bank, building it from the granite of his personal quarry in the Chickasaw Nation historical capital, Tishomingo. 

The Bank of the Chickasaw Nation was built in 1902 on Main Street. Banking operations began with $25,000 in capital, which doubled in a few days. After its life as a bank, the building was bought by the city of Tishomingo and used as a city hall and jail. 

The Johnston County Historical Society launched the building’s restoration in the 1970s and transformed it into a time machine. A stroll inside today is like walking back in time. 

The Chickasaw Bank Museum was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992. 

The Chickasaw Nation has operated the bank museum since 2014, through a partnership with the Johnston County Historical Society. The former bank building stands as a testament of the cooperation among the city of Tishomingo, the Johnston County Historical Society and the Chickasaw Nation.

The Chickasaw Nation’s historic business in banking is echoed today through the Chickasaw Community Bank, which opened in 2002 and has thrived under steady leadership and a commitment to customers since. 

“Tishomingo: A Look into the Past” runs Sept. 27 to Dec. 31, 2022. The first 50 patrons in attendance Oct. 1 will receive a giveaway bag. 

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

For more information, contact the Chickasaw Bank Museum at (580) 371-3141.