Horseshoe Bend National Military Park will be unveiling new additions to the visitor center and museum on July 16, 2016 from 6:00 -8:00 PM. The focus of the new exhibits will be the much anticipated dugout canoe the park completed in March, the commemorative blanket presented to the park from the Muscogee (Creek) Nation during the Bicentennial of the Battle of Horseshoe Bend commemoration in 2014 and a photograph exhibit.
For nearly a year the Park and the local community have been abuzz with the crafting of a dugout canoe that would be featured inside the Horseshoe Bend National Military Park Visitor Center. The project was made possible through the generous gift of a portion of a poplar tree from Mike Parker in Dadeville, AL, support from the Friends of Horseshoe Bend National Military Park and assistance from the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Citizens from the tribe traveled to the park several times to assist with this project and will be present at the exhibit opening.
The 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Horseshoe Bend was in March 2014 and during the Commemorative Ceremony Principal Chief George Tiger from the Muscogee (Creek) Nation in Oklahoma presented Horseshoe Bend National Military Park with a limited edition Pendleton blanket. The blanket will be on temporary display in the museum for the next several months.
At 6:00 PM there will be a formal opening presentation by Superintendent Barbara Tagger and a representative from the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Following, the museum and visitor center will be open until 8:00 PM for visitors to explore the new exhibits.
The year 2016 is a great milestone for Horseshoe Bend National Military Park, the National Park Service, and historic preservation as a whole. This year marks the Centennial of the National Park Service and the 50th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. Horseshoe Bend National Military Park is pleased to commemorate these national events by providing new exhibits for visitors to enjoy, explore, and learn more about this American treasure.
This program is FREE to the public. The program will begin at 6:00pm July 16, 2016. For more detailed information please call 256-234-7111.