November 22, 2022
Chisholm Trail Museum in Kingfisher Wins National Recognition for Chuck Wagon Gathering
KINGFISHER, Okla. — The Chisholm Trail Museum in Kingfisher recently received national recognition for its family-friendly chuck wagon gathering.
Jason Harris, executive director of the Chisholm Trail Museum, traveled to Dodge City, Kan., for the American Chuck Wagon Association’s (ACWA) annual meeting in early November. Harris accepted the ACWA’s award for the best event of the year. The Chisholm Trail Museum hosts a yearly chuck wagon gathering. Winners must demonstrate organizational success, dedicated planning and the opportunity for public engagement.
Staff at the Chisholm Trail Museum travel the state each year to provide living history programs at schools and participate in community events. They also help with chuck wagon events in Oklahoma and nearby states. This year the museum is on track to engage with more than 25,000 people by demonstrating historical cooking, cowboy culture and more.
The next chuck wagon gathering at the Chisholm Trail Museum will occur on March 25, 2023. Visitors can try a variety of food samples, observe cooking demonstrations, enjoy live music, watch a wild west side show and more.
The Chisholm Trail Museum is located at 605 Zellers Ave. in Kingfisher. Call 405-375-5176 for more information or visit ctokmuseum.org.
Harris’s son and daughter also received “The Young Coosie Award.” It is given to a child or children who demonstrate a grasp of chuck wagons and an admirable ability and dedication to chuck wagon cooking. This was only the second time in AWCA history that the award was given to two recipients.
Chisholm Trail Museum and Horizon Hill is an affiliate 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.
Editor’s Note: Photos are available upon request.