Registration for 2021is CLOSED
Conference Pre-Registration is required by July 21st. We cannot accept any registrations after July 21st.
Home 2 Suites Hotel is offering rooms for friends of the museum conference at a special rate. You must call the front desk at 918-910-5444, mention your attending the Bass Reeves Conference to get the rate and rooms must be reserved in advance.
Vaunda Micheaux Nelson’s love of history and family is reflected in many of her award-winning books. The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore won a 2016 Jane Addams Children’s Book Honor and a 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor for R. Gregory Christie’s illustrations. No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller won the 2012 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction and a 2013 Coretta Scott King Author Honor. Vaunda received the 2010 Coretta Scott King Author Award for Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal.
Her latest book, LET ‘ER BUCK! George Fletcher, the People’s Champion, the true story of an African American rodeo legend, was released in February 2019.
She will kick-off her conference tour with a visit to the Martin Luther King Center in Muskogee to speak with the children of the center at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, July 23rd.
The history of the Old West in the Twin Territories is a unique and colorful tapestry that connects the four corners of America unlike any other place during this exciting time. We seek to reveal the untold stories from that time, showcasing the contributions made by the brave and daring men and women who lived it, especially those whose exploits were overlooked and remain unrevealed. We will detail the efforts of those who fought to bring a nation torn asunder by war back together through the courage and commitment to justice for all, and who crossed social and racial barriers to serve a larger purpose against great odds.
Bass Reeves, in many ways epitomizes the courage, commitment and integrity such an effort took, but he was not alone. While we seek to spotlight the life of U.S. Deputy Marshal Bass Reeves, we realize his full story cannot be told without sharing and examining the lives of the many heroes and villains of his time; to those who gave "the full measure of devotion" to law and justice and to the ordinary people simply engaged in building their lives. They left an indelible "life print" that impacts us today.
These untold stories have within them the power to connect Americans to our national pride, our divine compassion, and our inter-connected humanity. We seek to use this powerful history to reveal the deeds and values which demonstrate that we are one Nation and one people.
Bass Reeves Sculpture
Help us raise funds to pay for a life-sized statue of Bass Reeves. Check out our Donation Page to contribute.
We hope to see you there!!!
Thank You to all who have attended the conference in the past. We appreciate you and urge you to visit for our 11th Anniversary. There are a few surprises for the 2021 Conference!
If you would like to Volunteer or participate in a Re-enacting part, please let us know at (918) 686-6624.
Thank you to all of our Sponsor's and Supporter's!!!
Bass Reeves Legacy Troupe
Bass Reeves Interactive Tour
Lawmen & Outlaws
Indian Territory Pistoliers
The Indian Territory Pistoliers are an Old West re-enactment group based out of Fort Smith, Arkansas. From their pistols all the way to the poker chips and other props that are used, the group is known for creating authentic experiences that allow an audience to truly go back in time to a day when Judge Isaac C. Parker and his deputy U.S. Marshals faced off against some of the most infamous outlaws of the American West.
Three Rivers Museum
220 Elgin street
Muskogee, OK 74401
220 Elgin street
Muskogee, OK 74401