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Hats Off to Will Birthday Celebration

November 5 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Celebrate Will’s birthday at the Will Rogers Memorial on November 5 at 10 a.m. Read on for the full scoop, courtesy of the Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club!

Will Rogers Day, Indigenous Heritage Day, and National Native American Heritage Month begin the first Saturday of November, commemorating Will Rogers, the “Cherokee Kid’s” birthday (November 4, 1879). The Pocahontas Club has been celebrating Will’s birthday since the Will Rogers Memorial Museum opened in 1944 with a Wreath-Laying Ceremony that begins at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum Rotunda with a procession down to the tomb of Will Rogers. The club members will begin their ceremony dressed in their Cherokee tear dresses and shawls around the bronze statue of Will Rogers to recite their Club Collect and place a basket of fall foliage at the foot of the statue.

After the wreath-laying ceremony, Jana Jae “Queen of Fiddle”, member of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and the National Fiddler’s Hall of Fame, will strike her bow to the fiddle in the Will Rogers Theater. Join us as we thank the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts for sponsoring the entertainment.

11:45 a.m. – Bus tour begins  to the following destinations:

12:00 p.m. – J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum for lunch and RT 66 Native Arts Alliance exhibit. Visit the Roy Clark exhibit and the Cherokee Nation Cooweescoowee District exhibit.

2:00 p.m. – Tour to Claremore Museum of History to visit with local Native artists, courtesy of RT 66 Native Arts Alliance. Learn about Cherokee citizens Andy Payne and Lynn Riggs and have birthday cake for Will Rogers’ birthday.

2:45 p.m. – Tour of historic Downtown Claremore. See a bronze sculpture of Will Rogers reading the newspaper in front of the Claremore Progress and see the historic Will Rogers Hotel on the corner of Will Rogers Blvd and Route 66 Highway. Then it’s off to drive by the Chief J.B. Milam home near the RSU campus, then drive through the Rogers State University campus where the Oklahoma Military Academy (OMA) Museum is located.

3:00 p.m. – Return to the Will Rogers Memorial Museum.


November 5
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Will Rogers Memorial Museum