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John Joseph Mathews Historic Cabin Tour


See the restored historic cabin of famed Osage author, John Joseph Mathews. Mr. Mathews did most of his writing in this cabin which he called "The Blackjacks".  John Joseph Mathews (1894-1979) is considered to be one of the Osage Nation’s most important spokespeople and writers and he served on the Osage Tribal Council in the 1930s. His book Talking to the Moon (1945) is a narrative of the first ten years he spent living in his cabin in the "blackjacks" of his homeland, observing nature and reflecting on the influence of the environment on Osage culture. It is a combination of autobiography, philosophical treatise and the work of an amateur naturalist; some critics compared it to Henry David Thoreau's Walden. 

Every fourth Saturday from May to October, meet at 10:00 am at the scenic turnout,  “T” intersection, of the south entrance of the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve where the blacktop ends. We will caravan to the cabin from there. The tour will be led by a guide knowledgeable about famed author John Joseph Mathews and the history of his cabin.  Sturdy shoes, long pants, sunscreen and insect repellant are recommended. Bring plenty of water and snacks and don't forget your camera and binoculars.  

Level: Moderate             Length: ½ mile


Attendance is limited. To sign up for a tour, please click on the dates below: 

Each person on the tour must have signed a release that will be provided before the tour.  Any minor children must have their release signed by their parent or guardian.  Any person without a signed release cannot be allowed to go on the tour.