Saturday, December 10, 2011

Local Authors Showcase Their New Books

Irish O'Malley and the Ozark Mountain Boys

Three Rivers Museum is honored to host author R.D. Morgan for a book signing during our Holiday Open House on December 17th. Area authors will showcase and autograph their newly released books from 1 to 4:00 p.m.

This event will be the only book signing for R. D. Morgan's newest book, recently released Irish O'Malley and the Ozark Mountain Boys published by New Forums Press. The book is available for purchase in the museum's gift shop.

R. D. Morgan is the author of six non-fiction books dealing with early day Oklahoma lawmen and outlaws. He has also written numerous articles for Oklahoma newspapers and historical magazines on the subject.
Morgan spent his childhood in the East Texas oil patch country and his teen years living in a small Iowa farming community. Upon graduation from high school, he knocked around a year or so working construction before entering the U.S. Army where he served as a law enforcement officer. After his military career, he attended the College of the Ozarks before being employed as an electrician and maintenance supervisor for many years in Missouri and Arkansas. On retirement, he moved to Oklahoma to fulfill his life-long desire to commit his energies full time into writing and researching depression-era American history. Morgan developed a passion for the subject as a teenager listening to his Grandfather's tales of life and culture in Middle America during the 1920s and 1930s. Morgan and his wife Naomi currently reside in Haskell, Oklahoma.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

New Book Illustrates the History of Muskogee

Come and celebrate the release of Muskogee with author Roger Bell, Saturday November 19, 2011 from 1-4 p.m. at Three Rivers Museum.
New from Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series is Muskogee by local author Roger Bell. This pictorial history boasts more than 200 vintage images, giving readers a unique opportunity to reconnect with the history that shaped their community.

On New Year's Day in 1872, a Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (Katy) track crew reached a point just a few miles south of the confluence of the Arkansas, Grand, and Verdigris Rivers in Indian Territory and established a depot it called Muscogee Station. A ragtag settlement quickly developed nearby, and the name was eventually changed to Muskogee.

By the turn of the century, Muskogee became the center of political and commercial activity in the territory. Nicknamed the "Queen City of the Southwest," Muskogee was a boom town and expectations were high that the city would develop into a large metropolitan area. However, by the 1920s, after the oil boom in nearby Tulsa, Muskogee's growth waned and it became a working-class Oklahoma town.

The city was thrust into the national limelight in the 1960s by country music star Merle Haggard and his song "Okie from Muskogee," which described Muskogee as "a place where even squares can have a ball." An ethnically diverse community, Muskogee has a rich history of developing artists, musicians, politicians, and entrepreneurs.

Author Roger Bell is a local historian and longtime supporter of Muskogee's Three Rivers Museum, he has served as the museum's chairman for the past 16 years. Highlights of the museum's extensive photographic collection were selected by him for inclusion in this book to create a visual journey back in time. Bell, who is a banker by profession, lives in Muskogee with his wife, Tammy and their two children.

Muskogee is available at the Three Rivers Museum and Armstrong Banks in Muskogee, independent and online retailers as well as Arcadia Publishing. Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States, whose mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America's people and places. You can visit Arcadia Publishing at

Sunday, January 16, 2011

This Place Matters

The restoration of the exterior of the Thomas-Foreman Historic Home is almost complete. Recently the workers posed for this photo with the sign from "This Place Matters". Check out the link for the This Place Matters slide show. We believe that the Thomas-Foreman Historic Home is an asset to the Muskogee community!

Events are being planned to showcase the home and its new 'clothes'. We hope you will attend some of them. They are:
April 5 - 3:00 p.m. Ribbon Cutting
April 9 - 1-5 p.m. Grand Re Opening - Program at 2:00 p.m.
May 16-20 - School Week
June 11 - Neighborhood Picnic
September 12-16 - School Week

If you are looking for a place to have a small wedding, let us know (call Three Rivers Museum at 918-686-6624) The parlor and the beautiful covered patio are the perfect spots!

Donations are always appreciated: Friends of the Thomas-Foreman Home, 1419 W. Okmulgee, Muskogee, OK 74401

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Coffee House Evening January 22, 2011

Three Rivers Museum presents: Love Songs and a Cuppa Joe Coffee House Evening
7:00 p.m.
Saturday January 22, 2011
220 Elgin
Muskogee, OK
Enjoy the coffee house atmosphere with beautiful love songs by some of Muskogee's most talented vocalists, introduced by personality Kathy Hewitt. Several different flavors of coffee, tea and a variety of different desserts will be served. Intermissions provide a relaxed tour of the museum if you wish. $5 per person at the door. Information: 918-686-6624 and