August 13 – The Three Rivers Museum gets national media coverage as a “true” western museum.

“True West” magazine named Three Rivers one of its top five “True Western Museums of 2022” in its September issue, which made headlines earlier this week.

“It’s exciting,” said museum executive director Angie Rush. “We’re a small museum, but we’re getting our name out there. And it’s perfect for Muskogee’s 150th anniversary.”

The article named the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City as the best True Western museum in the country and placed Three Rivers in fifth place.

“Oklahoma is such fertile ground for Old West history, especially for law enforcement and outlaws alike,” magazine editor Bob Boze Bell said in a statement. hurry. “The Three Rivers Museum is using exciting new technologies to tell the stories of these people and these times.”

Part of the ‘True West’ article praised the Three Rivers exhibit on early law enforcement, as well as the annual Bass Reeves Western History lecture.”

The section reads as follows:

“‘Then Came the Law,’ an exhibit focusing on the history of early law enforcement in Muskogee and Indian Territory, features original artifacts, historic photographs, interactive elements and an audio-visual presentation on the legends of the law. ‘Law Enforcement Bass Reeves and James Franklin ‘Bud’ Ledbetter. This exhibit will be further enhanced in 2022 and beyond. Visitors can now learn more about the law enforcement officers killed in the exercise. of their duties in the Muskogee region using a new digital interactive program that incorporates their stories.

Rush said the Muskogee area was home to most U.S. Marshals “and the majority of outlaws.”

“And so, thanks to people like Bass Reeves and Bud Ledbetter and Marshall Tolbert and many others, they were able to clean up Indian Territory,” she said. “Without our exposure, history and heritage, we wouldn’t have made the top five.”

Muskogee Tourism named the museum for the honor, Rush said.

Bell was one of the main speakers at a recent Bass Reeves conference held in July, she said, recalling that Bell seemed very impressed during his visit to the museum.

“We loved meeting him, we loved having him here, and we had no idea he was offering us for this award,” Rush said. “He was very impressed that even if you walk through the door, you don’t realize it’s such a big museum. When he saw the whole museum, he was just ecstatic. People don’t know what they get until they come back here.”

This is the 17th year that True West has presented the annual award. Publishers base their selection on exhibitions, multimedia, online accessibility, events and the promotion of historical/cultural resources.


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