Fort Gibson907 N. Garrison
Fort Gibson, OK 74434
Director: David Fowler
Staff: Omar Reed, Rory Montgomery, Rick Cragg, Correy Twilley
|Tue- Sat||10am to 5pm|
Established in 1824, Fort Gibson served as a starting point for several military expeditions that explored the west and sought peace between the tribes in the region. It was occupied through most of the Indian Removal period then abandoned in 1857. The post was reactivated during the Civil War. The army stayed through the Reconstruction and Indian Wars periods, combating the problem of outlaws and squatters. In 1890, the army abandoned Fort Gibson for the last time.
Visitors to the site can see a reconstruction of the early log fort as well as original buildings from the 1840s through 1870s. Exhibits detailing the history of the fort are located in the Commissary Visitor Center on Garrison Hill. The site also hosts a number of special living history events and programs throughout the year.
Fort Gibson is a National Historic Landmark.
2015 Teacher's Institute
The OHS will host the Teachers' Institute to explore the impact of the "Trail of Tears," the removal of the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole nations from the Southeastern United States to Indian Territory. Participants will visit important landmarks of the removal including Fort Gibson Historic Site, the George M. Murrell Home, Sequoyah's Cabin, Fort Smith and more. Lecture topics will include American Indian policy, the mechanics of removal, and the rebuilding and recovery process. Facilitators for the event include education staff from the Oklahoma Historical Society and Northeastern State University. Oklahoma teachers will explore nontraditional classroom experiences, as well as field trips, interactive activities and other items to share with students.
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Operating support is generously provided by the Cherokee Nation.