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October 5, 2022

Contact: Jennifer Frazee
Fort Gibson Historic Site, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 918-478-4088

Fort Gibson Historic Site to Host “What a Mess!” Living History Program

FORT GIBSON, Okla. — On Friday, October 21, and Saturday, October 22, 2022, from 10 a.m. to noon and again from 1 to 3 p.m., Fort Gibson Historic Site will host “What a Mess!” a living history program focused on the mess hall of Fort Gibson. Visitors will learn the types of foods available at the post during the 19th century. Kitchen staff will stoke the kitchen fires and cooking delicious recipes from pork, potatoes, dried fruits and vegetables, and making coffee. Living historians will demonstrate the skills of military cooks who prepared and fed the many soldiers assigned to their mess. 

Demonstrations and programs are free with regular admission. Other buildings open for touring are the commissary, bakehouse, magazine, and barracks, as well as the many furnished rooms located within the palisade walls.

Fort Gibson Historic Site, a National Historic Landmark, is located at 907 N. Garrison Ave. in Fort Gibson. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for students aged 5–18. Active-duty military and veterans with military ID, as well as members of the OHS with a membership card, enjoy free admission. Please call 918-478-4088 for more information.

Fort Gibson Historic Site is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit okhistory.org.


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