Archaic Period

Emissaries of Peace: The 1762 Cherokee & British Delegations


This exhibit tells the story of Henry Timberlake’s visit to the Cherokees in 1762, and how he took Cherokee leaders to London to meet with King George III. Timberlake’s Memoirs come to life through artifacts, archaeological treasures, period artwork, music, video, and life size figures. Experience the two contrasting cultures as they emerge from war and make peace. Special pop-up books and graphic panels tell the story for children.

Emissaries was designated a “We the People” exhibit because of its excellence in telling the story of American history. It has been on display at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., and at the McClung Museum at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Colonial Williamsburg’s documentary film and electronic field trip based on Emissaries received an Emmy for sound production.

Sponsored by: the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Cherokee Preservation Foundation, First Citizens Bank, Harrah’s Foundation, the Cannon Foundation, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and the Museum of the Cherokee Indian.

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