SUBMERGE INTO LIVING HISTORY ONLY AT OKLAHOMA’S ONLY SUBMARINE!WHAT: Living History Day: Winter Cruise
WHERE: Muskogee War Memorial Park, 3500 Batfish Road
WHEN: Saturday, February 4, 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cost: Admission: Adults $7.00 | Senior/Vet/Student $5.00 | Children $4.00
The Muskogee War Memorial Park: Home of the USS Batfish, Oklahoma’s only submarine, is hosting its annual Living History Day: Winter Cruise! The Muskogee War Memorial Park collaborates with the Batfish Living History Association (BLHA) to offer guests an opportunity to experience World War II like never before. Comprised of museum and education professionals from all across the Midwest, the BLHA lives on board the USS Batfish in the same manner as sailors during World War II.
“The Living History Day provides guests an incredible chance to witness the USS Batfish and the Submarine service in a different light. Instead of reading about history, guests get to see and interact with history! Traveling through the nine compartments of a World War II submarine while a crew lives just like the men during World War II is an unreal experience. If you blink the right way you might just find yourself deep in the Pacific fighting the Axis threat,” said Brent Trout, Executive Director of the Muskogee War Memorial Park.
“The Living Historians of the BLHA prepare for years to produce an exceptional program that enlightens and educates visitors about the submarine service and the USS Batfish. On a typical visit, the USS Batfish is an artifact that the public walks through and hears stories of great feats, but on Living History Day, the USS Batfish is a living breathing vessel. Watching the BLHA transform the quiet submarine into a reflection of its busy past is quite the feat to see,” said Jason Denno, Communications Officer for the Batfish Living History Association.
In addition to seeing the BLHA take over the Batfish, patrons can view several memorials dedicated to the Submarine Service and other branches of the Armed Forces. The Muskogee War Memorial Park will also have a food truck on hand for refreshments and lunch.
About the Muskogee War Memorial Park
Since opening in 1972, the Muskogee War Memorial Park: Home of the USS Batfish welcomes over 20,000 visitors per year to see its main attraction, the USS Batfish, a World War II submarine. The USS Batfish holds a wartime record for sinking three enemy submarines in seventy-six hours. Visitors at the Muskogee War Memorial Park can explore the nine compartments of the USS Batfish and experience the secrets of World War II.
The Muskogee War Memorial Park, at 6 acres, also contains the largest remaining piece of the USS Oklahoma, one of the ships sunk at Pearl Harbor. Additionally, the Muskogee War Memorial Park contains a 2500 ft2 museum that displays artifacts related to America’s military history. New for 2017, the Muskogee War Memorial Park has also started its overnight program, allowing guests to experience a night onboard a World War II legend. For more information, please visit: warmemorialpark.org.