Melony Carey said she was looking to tell the “whole story” of Alice Robertson when she helped move the pioneer educator’s exhibit to another part of the Trois-Rivières museum.
“She was such an important figure, it’s hard to put it all in one exhibit,” said Carey, a member of the museum’s board.
The Trois-Rivières Museum will share new stories about Muskogee’s history – as well as new ways to tell familiar stories – when it reopens to the public on Saturday.
The museum, closed for renovation since March 1, will have a grand reopening on Saturday at 10 a.m.
New exhibits at the Three Rivers Museum take people along the Jefferson Highway and showcase the history of Girl Scout cookies and the Muskogee members of the Tuskegee aviators.
Many exhibits feature interactive elements, such as touch screens, videos, and even opportunities to take costume selfies. For example, the Bass Reeves screen features a video about Reeves, US Deputy Marshal Bud Ledbetter, and other US Marshals throughout Muskogee’s history.
“I really feel like people are going to be so excited to see some of the exhibits,” said Carey. “We’ve updated the technology and the exhibits are really engaging and really illuminating our history. And really, just very engaging.”
Museum director Angie Rush said staff, board members and other volunteers have helped create new exhibits, revamp popular exhibits and update technology. The museum celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2021.
“All exhibits had been the same for many years,” Rush said, adding that the renovation also involved rotating items in the archive.
“Some things we had a little and some things we had a lot,” she said. “So we decided to finally put most of these things into use and bring out things that people might not have seen before.”
The new Girl Scout exhibit, located at the location of the “Miss Alice” living room, tells the story of how Girl Scout cookies originated in Muskogee, Rush said. She said Juliette Gordon Low of Georgia founded the organization under the name Guides.
“When Miss Marion Brown came to Muskogee, she decided to take this guide and turn it into a fundraiser to help men at war,” Rush said. “She started Muskogee’s first mistletoe troop, and they were the ones who started the cookies.”
Cookie tins from the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s are shown with newer tins. Two Muskogee women donated their scouting scarves. The exhibit also includes a video, Rush said.
A new Muskogee transportation exhibit pays homage to the railroad, as well as the Muskogee portion of the Jefferson Highway, which connected New Orleans to Canada in the 1920s.
“The Jefferson Highway had a tourist camp at Muskogee in what is now Spaulding Park,” Rush said. “It was the first intercontinental highway in the United States”
Another exhibit, Rush said, focuses on three men with Muskogee connections who were among the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of mostly black military pilots who fought in World War II. They were Faythe A. McGinnis, Robert C. Smith and Oscar D. Hutton Jr.
If you are going to
WHAT: Grand reopening of the Trois-Rivières museum.
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
O: Trois-Rivières Museum, 220 Elgin Street
ADMISSION: Adults, $ 5; Children, $ 3; children under 6, free.