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Will Rogers Days are Nov. 3-6 in Claremore and Oologah
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – This year’s Will Rogers Days will begin with the showing of “Stars of Oklahoma” at 7 p.m. on Nov. 3 at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore.
The film is a montage of motion picture personalities with Oklahoma connections.
At 9:30 a.m. the following day the annual Will Rogers Birthday Party will begin at his birthplace ranch in Oologah. The Oologah-Talala Elementary School will make a presentation and Kowboy Kal will perform.
Will Rogers Days celebrate the birthday of Rogers, who was born on Nov. 4, 1879, and commemorates the opening of the memorial museum in Claremore on Nov. 4, 1938, on what would have been Rogers’ 55th birthday. He died in a plane crash Aug. 15, 1935, in Point Barrow, Alaska.
During the 72 years since the museum opened, the event has involved people nationwide who come to honor a Cherokee man who became one of the world’s most beloved and famous men.
He took his rope tricks from Rogers County to the Vaudeville stage to the big screen, wrote thousands of syndicated columns, authored books and raised thousands of dollars for charities and drought and flood relief in the U.S. and abroad. He starred in 21 20th Century Fox movies and 50 silent films.
On Nov. 4, a wreath will be placed at the Rogers’ family tomb on the museum grounds. Will and Betty Rogers and three of their children and a daughter-in-law are interred in the tomb on land purchased by Rogers in 1911 as a future home site.
Other events will take place on Nov. 5-6 leading up to the annual Will Rogers Day Parade at 4 p.m. on Nov. 6 on Will Rogers Boulevard in Claremore.
All events are free and open to the public.
The Will Rogers Memorial in Claremore and the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch near Oologah are open to the public 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., year round. Admission is by donation.
For more information, call (918) 341-0719 or toll free 1-800-324-9455.