New local book displays vintage postcards

Top Quote Local authors Roger Bell and Jerry Hoffman will publish postcard history book on Muskogee on December 8. Their new book, Muskogee, will be published by Arcadia Publishing. End Quote
  • Tulsa, OK (1888PressRelease) December 03, 2014 - Two local Muskogee historians have put together a tour guide, in a sense, of Muskogee's past by collecting over 200 vintage postcards in their new book. The authors, Roger Bell and Jerry Hoffman, have carefully collected postcards and researched Muskogee's history. Muskogee will publish as a part of Arcadia Publishing's Postcard History series on December 8.

    The book, and the tour, opens with a postcard image of Muskogee's grand Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railroad depot. A first stop for many of Muskogee's 19th century visitors. Readers will get a glimpse into life during the Golden Age in Muskogee.

    Bell and Hoffman selected one-of-a-kind postcard images to include, and many have not previously been published. In preparing for the book, the authors gathered stories about buildings and events. They have now published this information for the community to enjoy. In Muskogee, Bell and Hoffman take readers on a journey through the past with over 200 vintage postcards.

    Meet the Authors
    Where: Three Rivers Museum
    220 Elgin St. Muskogee, OK 74401
    When: December 20, 2014 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
    The open house is from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

    Highlights of Muskogee include:
    The book includes four panel panorama postcards from 1910 that shows Muskogee in its grand growth stage.
    Muskogee also includes one of the largest postcards ever produced - and "elephant sized" postcard from the Muskogee Fair.
    Many images of the cotton industry. The Muskogee cotton compress was one of the largest in the state.
    Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or online.

    Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States. Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America's people and places. Discover more than 8,500 small towns and downtowns at www.arcadiapublishing.com.

    Meet Roger Bell and Jerry Hoffman
    Authors of Muskogee
    Authors Roger Bell and Jerry Hoffman are both residents and local historians of Muskogee. They are long-time board members and supporters of the Three Rivers Museum. Also, both of the authors graduated from Muskogee area high schools and graduated from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

    Roger Bell is a banker by profession, and he has worked in Muskogee for over 20 years. He is employed with Armstrong Bank. He is presently a Board Member of Downtown Muskogee, Inc. He lives in Muskogee with his wife, Tammy, and he has two children.

    Jerry Hoffman is an employee of the local Lowe's store in Muskogee. He has served as a board member of the Three Rivers Museum for about 15 years. Hoffman has been collecting postcards of Muskogee for over 30 years and his collection has grown to over 2,000 unique postcards. He lives in Muskogee with his wife Paula.

    What lasting impact do you hope your book will leave?
    The authors hope the lasting impact of the book will be for reader's to gain a strong appreciation and pride in the fascinating and diverse history of Muskogee. It is hoped that people will enjoy looking back in time as one would have travelled around the town and viewed the buildings and activities of Muskogee as they once were.

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