The National Trust for Historic Preservation named Muskogee, Oklahoma, one of its 2011 Dozen Distinctive Destinations. 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, nominated by Downtown Muskogee, Inc., was selected for its unique role in American history, its diverse cultural heritage and its citizens’ dedication to protecting that heritage.  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-nights 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!

 

“We hope everyone in the state will share our Okie Pride and vote once per day to select Muskogee as the 2011 Fan Favorite Destination,” says Jonita Mullins, executive director of Downtown Muskogee, Inc.  “We want an Oklahoma community at the top of the list of 2011 Distinctive Destinations.  Bringing tourism to the state will help our economy.”

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. In each community, residents have taken forceful action to protect their town’s character and sense of place.

 

Downtown Muskogee, Inc. is the non-profit organization that oversees the award-winning Muskogee Main Street Program.  Muskogee has been a Main Street community since 2008.  The Main Street program works in four areas on downtown revitalization – organization, promotions, economic revitalization and design.  Since joining Main Street, Downtown Muskogee, Inc. has tracked over $2 million in private investment in Muskogee’s historic downtown area.  “Muskogee has demonstrated a commitment to downtown development and to heritage tourism,” states Jonita Mullins.  “That is why we have received this national recognition.”

 

Linda Barnett director of the Oklahoma Main Street Center states, “Muskogee has everything for which most Main Street communities are striving – wonderful museums, a fantastic Civic Center, great historic building stock downtown, beautiful historic homes, gorgeous parks.  Muskogee has what it takes to be a role model for the program across the state and the nation.”

For more information, contact:

Downtown Muskogee, Inc.

Jonita Mullins

918-683-2400

muskogeemainstreet@gmail.com