New book explores Okaloosa County's Creek Indian heritage

Published: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 03:06 PM.

Friends, family and history lovers surrounded the collaborators on Thursday evening at Baker Block Museum. There, the pair signed copies of the book, which represented several years of work.

Throughout his life, Chessher has compiled knowledge of Creek Indians. He has visited several historical sites in Florida, collecting information and artifacts, many of which are on display at the museum.

"I'm not bragging, but I know the subject upside down and backwards,” Chessher said.

Cadenhead, who called the publishing process a year-and-a-half “labor of love,” convinced Chessher to write the book.

“I figured I better get it down (on paper) or it’s going to die with me,” he said.

Now that it’s written, the pair hope Okaloosa residents will explore the book and learn more about local history.

"I hope people will read it and feel encouraged about who they are and what may or may not have been in their past," Cadenhead said.  

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