Will Rogers on the Road in Claremore

Tad Jones, Will Rogers Memorial Museum executive director, and Matt Mason, RCB Bank senior vice president and marketing president for the Claremore market, introduce a kiosk prepared by RSU Public TV to help people learn more about Will Rogers. The traveling kiosk will be at RCB Bank’s main bank location on Patti Page Boulevard.


Royal Aills, general manager of the Rogers State University Public Television station, announced a traveling exhibit kiosk to enhance audience engagement with Will and the public television world.

Last year RSU Public TV received a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council and National Endowment for the Humanities. The money was used to develop a companion website “insearchofwillrogers.org,” and to purchase a freestanding kiosk that has become the traveling exhibit.

“Through a partnership with the Will Rogers Memorial, this kiosk will be exhibited in area schools, business and libraries,” Aills said.

First stop is RCB Bank lobby at the main bank location on Patti Page Blvd.

“This new idea will allow visitors the chance to log into the website and see the website’s videos, research options and information detailing the life and times of Will Rogers.

“We want all our viewers to get to know the Cherokee Kid by using this kiosk and to go to the website in the privacy of their homes to view the latest documentary about Will Rogers which was produced by Beau Jennings,” he added.

“This is a great way for people to learn about Will Rogers and we appreciate RSU putting the kiosk together,” said Tad Jones, Will Rogers Memorial Museum executive director.

Aills emphasized importance of audience engagement in the public television world. “This project is unique in that it will attract a younger audience who want to learn about Oklahoma’s favorite son.”

Beau Jennings, a former Inola resident, produced the “The Verdigris: In Search of Will Rogers” on a journey of places where Will lived, performed and died, six chapters each in a different locale. It was broadcast on more than 60 public television licensees. A DVD and CD of the film are available in the Will Rogers Memorial Museum Store.

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