OHS Board of Directors
District 2, Muskogee
Term expiring 2024
As a fourth-generation Oklahoman, Jonita Mullins grew up in the small town of Haskell, Oklahoma, and graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in English. She is an award-winning author, speaker, and preservationist. She has written fourteen books, both fiction and non-fiction, and more than seven hundred articles for the Muskogee Phoenix newspaper focused on Oklahoma’s rich history. For this she received the Distinguished Editorial Award from the Oklahoma Heritage Association.
Mullins founded Muskogee’s Main Street program and secured for the community the designation as one of the Dozen Distinctive Destinations of 2011 from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She is also a founder of the annual Bass Reeves Western History Conference. Mullins appeared in the indie documentary Less Traveled: A Journey from Pine to Palm, about the Jefferson Highway. Her book, The Jefferson Highway in Oklahoma, was named Best Non-Fiction Book for 2017 by the Oklahoma Writers Federation. When she is not writing, speaking, or conducting historic tours, Mullins works on preservation projects, including the restoration of the home of Alice Robertson, Oklahoma’s first congresswoman.