Washington, D.C. (February 15, 2011)—Today, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Muskogee, Oklahoma, one of its 2011 Dozen Distinctive Destinations. Muskogee, nominated by Downtown Muskogee, was selected for its unique role in American history, its diverse cultural heritage and its citizens’ dedication to protecting that heritage.  From February 15 to March 15, Muskogee will be participating in a public online voting contest to select the 2011 Dozen Distinctive Destinations Fan Favorite.

 

For 11 years the National Trust for Historic Preservation has annually selected communities across America that offer cultural and recreational experiences different from those found at the typical vacation destination. From dynamic downtowns and stunning architecture to cultural diversity and a commitment to historic preservation, sustainability and revitalization, the selected destinations boast a richness of character and exude an authentic sense of place. 

 

“Muskogee’s celebrated multi-cultural heritage, fascinating museums, charming dining spots and variety of festivals combine to make it the perfect place for the discerning traveler looking for a truly distinctive destination,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “And, as the last stop for many who traveled the ‘Trail of Tears,’ the Muskogee area is a must-see for anyone interested in American History.”

 

Famous for its title role in Merle Haggard’s song, “Okie from Muskogee,” Muskogee has much more than just a song to bring visitors its way.  When the Indian Removal Act of 1830 forced thousands westward, many Native Americans and African Americans who came with them ended their journeys along the “Trail of Tears” at the Three Rivers where Muskogee grew. As a result, Muskogee today claims a combination of Native American, African American and Euro American influences.  In this town, visitors will find everything from the National Soul Food Cook-Off to family-owned boutiques offering western wear and decor and museums commemorating Native American heritage and Muskogee’s former role as the unofficial capital of Indian Territory.

 

Highlights:

  • The Annual Azalea Festival in April attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors.
  • Five Civilized Tribes Museum and Bacone College’s Atoloa Lodge preserve and showcase the art, history and culture of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole tribes as well as tribes from the Southwest.
  • Each year around the commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday, the National Soul Food Cook-Off offers the best of soul food from around the country. Smokehouse Bob’s Barbecue, Dustbowl Diner and Sweet ‘n Sassy Café are just a few of the unique, local dining establishments that Muskogee has to offer.
  • Historic Honor Heights Park dates back to 1909 and, at 132 acres in size, provides plenty of room for visitors to picnic, hold events, explore three trails and paddle around five lakes and ponds. 

 

The public is invited to vote online to help determine which of the 12 destinations will be the 2011 Fan Favorite. From February 15 to March 15, any legal resident of the U.S., 18 years of age or older, can vote once per day for his or her favorite city or town on this year’s list. The winner of the popular vote will be announced on March 16, 2011.  Voters are automatically entered to win a complimentary two night stay at any Historic Hotel of America. No purchase necessary.  Offer void where prohibited.  Visit www.PreservationNation.org/ddd for official rules, information about Historic Hotels of America, to learn more about this year’s destinations, and to begin voting!

 

To download high resolution images and video of this year’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations, visit www.PreservationNation.org/press.

 

The 2011 list of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations includes:

 

Alexandria, Va.

Chapel Hill, N.C.

Colorado Springs, Colo.

Dandridge, Tenn.

Eureka, Calif.

Muskogee, Okla.

New Bedford, Mass.

Paducah, Ky.

San Angelo, Texas

Saint Paul, Minn.

Sheridan, Wyo.

Sonoma, Calif.

 

2011 marks the twelfth announcement of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations annual list. To date, there are 144 Distinctive Destinations located in 46 states throughout the country. To see a complete list and to vote for the 2011 Fan Favorite Destination, visit www.PreservationNation.org/ddd. The title of Distinctive Destination is presented to cities and towns that offer an authentic visitor experience by combining dynamic downtowns, cultural diversity, attractive architecture, cultural landscapes and a strong commitment to historic preservation, sustainability and revitalization. In each community, residents have taken forceful action to protect their town’s character and sense of place.

 

The National Trust for Historic Preservation (www.PreservationNation.org) is a non-profit membership organization bringing people together to protect, enhance and enjoy the places that matter to them. By saving the places where great moments from history – and the important moments of everyday life – took place, the National Trust for Historic Preservation helps revitalize neighborhoods and communities, spark economic development and promote environmental sustainability. With headquarters in Washington, DC, eight regional and field offices, 29 historic sites, and partner organizations in 50 states, territories, and the District of Columbia, the National Trust for Historic Preservation provides leadership, education, advocacy and resources to a national network of people, organizations and local communities committed to saving places, connecting us to our history and collectively shaping the future of America’s stories.

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Washington, D.C. (February 15, 2011)—Today, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Muskogee, Oklahoma, one of its 2011 Dozen Distinctive Destinations. Muskogee, nominated by Downtown Muskogee, was selected for its unique role in American history, its diverse cultural heritage and its citizens’ dedication to protecting that heritage.  From February 15 to March 15, Muskogee will be participating in a public online voting contest to select the 2011 Dozen Distinctive Destinations Fan Favorite.

 

For 11 years the National Trust for Historic Preservation has annually selected communities across America that offer cultural and recreational experiences different from those found at the typical vacation destination. From dynamic downtowns and stunning architecture to cultural diversity and a commitment to historic preservation, sustainability and revitalization, the selected destinations boast a richness of character and exude an authentic sense of place. 

 

“Muskogee’s celebrated multi-cultural heritage, fascinating museums, charming dining spots and variety of festivals combine to make it the perfect place for the discerning traveler looking for a truly distinctive destination,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “And, as the last stop for many who traveled the ‘Trail of Tears,’ the Muskogee area is a must-see for anyone interested in American History.”

 

Famous for its title role in Merle Haggard’s song, “Okie from Muskogee,” Muskogee has much more than just a song to bring visitors its way.  When the Indian Removal Act of 1830 forced thousands westward, many Native Americans and African Americans who came with them ended their journeys along the “Trail of Tears” at the Three Rivers where Muskogee grew. As a result, Muskogee today claims a combination of Native American, African American and Euro American influences.  In this town, visitors will find everything from the National Soul Food Cook-Off to family-owned boutiques offering western wear and decor and museums commemorating Native American heritage and Muskogee’s former role as the unofficial capital of Indian Territory.

 

Highlights:

  • The Annual Azalea Festival in April attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors.
  • Five Civilized Tribes Museum and Bacone College’s Atoloa Lodge preserve and showcase the art, history and culture of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole tribes as well as tribes from the Southwest.
  • Each year around the commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday, the National Soul Food Cook-Off offers the best of soul food from around the country. Smokehouse Bob’s Barbecue, Dustbowl Diner and Sweet ‘n Sassy Café are just a few of the unique, local dining establishments that Muskogee has to offer.
  • Historic Honor Heights Park dates back to 1909 and, at 132 acres in size, provides plenty of room for visitors to picnic, hold events, explore three trails and paddle around five lakes and ponds. 

 

The public is invited to vote online to help determine which of the 12 destinations will be the 2011 Fan Favorite. From February 15 to March 15, any legal resident of the U.S., 18 years of age or older, can vote once per day for his or her favorite city or town on this year’s list. The winner of the popular vote will be announced on March 16, 2011.  Voters are automatically entered to win a complimentary two night stay at any Historic Hotel of America. No purchase necessary.  Offer void where prohibited.  Visit www.PreservationNation.org/ddd for official rules, information about Historic Hotels of America, to learn more about this year’s destinations, and to begin voting!

 

To download high resolution images and video of this year’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations, visit www.PreservationNation.org/press.

 

The 2011 list of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations includes:

 

Alexandria, Va.

Chapel Hill, N.C.

Colorado Springs, Colo.

Dandridge, Tenn.

Eureka, Calif.

Muskogee, Okla.

New Bedford, Mass.

Paducah, Ky.

San Angelo, Texas

Saint Paul, Minn.

Sheridan, Wyo.

Sonoma, Calif.

 

2011 marks the twelfth announcement of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations annual list. To date, there are 144 Distinctive Destinations located in 46 states throughout the country. To see a complete list and to vote for the 2011 Fan Favorite Destination, visit www.PreservationNation.org/ddd. The title of Distinctive Destination is presented to cities and towns that offer an authentic visitor experience by combining dynamic downtowns, cultural diversity, attractive architecture, cultural landscapes and a strong commitment to historic preservation, sustainability and revitalization. In each community, residents have taken forceful action to protect their town’s character and sense of place.

 

The National Trust for Historic Preservation (www.PreservationNation.org) is a non-profit membership organization bringing people together to protect, enhance and enjoy the places that matter to them. By saving the places where great moments from history – and the important moments of everyday life – took place, the National Trust for Historic Preservation helps revitalize neighborhoods and communities, spark economic development and promote environmental sustainability. With headquarters in Washington, DC, eight regional and field offices, 29 historic sites, and partner organizations in 50 states, territories, and the District of Columbia, the National Trust for Historic Preservation provides leadership, education, advocacy and resources to a national network of people, organizations and local communities committed to saving places, connecting us to our history and collectively shaping the future of America’s stories.

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National Contact: National Trust for Historic Preservation, Media Relations, Caroline Barker, 202.588.6141, pr@nthp.org

Local Contact: Downtown Muskogee, Inc., Jonita Mullins, 918.683.2400, muskogeemainstreet@gmail.com