Will Rogers Memorial Museum collaborates with Cherokee Heritage Center to host new exhibit

November 21, 2019

Opening reception for “The Cherokee Kid: A Will Rogers Exhibit” on Nov. 22

WHAT:
Opening reception for “The Cherokee Kid: A Will Rogers Exhibit”

WHEN:
Friday, Nov. 22 at 4 p.m.

WHERE: Will Rogers Memorial Museum
1720 W. Will Rogers Blvd.
Claremore, Oklahoma

WHO:
Tad Jones, executive director of Will Rogers Memorial Museum Dr. Charles Gourd, executive director of Cherokee Heritage Center
Keith Austin, Council of the Cherokee Nation, District 14

CLAREMORE, Okla. – The Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore is partnering with the Cherokee Heritage Center to host “The Cherokee Kid: A Will Rogers Exhibit.”

A Cherokee citizen, Rogers was born on Nov. 4, 1879, in the Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory. The exhibit shares details about his Cherokee lineage and his family’s relocation to Indian Territory as ‘Old Settlers.’ It also explores his early life, before his success as one of America’s most iconic entertainers, including his entry into adulthood during the Curtis Act, allotment and statehood.

The exhibit first debuted in 2018 at the Cherokee Heritage Center, thanks in large part to support from the Will Rogers Memorial Museum and the Oklahoma Humanities Council.

“We’re beyond thankful for the longstanding, collaborative partnership we have with the Will Rogers Memorial Museum,” said Dr. Charles Gourd, executive director of Cherokee Heritage Center. “The creation and sharing of this exhibit truly demonstrate our commitment, dedication and shared interest in the life and legacy of Will Rogers.”

An opening reception offering guests a sneak peek at the exhibit will be held on Friday, Nov. 22, at 4 p.m. It is open to the public and free to attend.

“The timing of this exhibit could not have been better as this month we celebrate both the month of Will Rogers’ birth and National Native American History Month,” said Tad Jones, executive director for Will Rogers Memorial Museum and Birthplace Ranch. “We appreciate the wonderful work of the Cherokee Heritage Center and the efforts of Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor Keith Austin to bring this exhibit to Claremore to share with our guests.”

“The Cherokee Kid: A Will Rogers Exhibit” will be on display for one year before going on permanent display at the Will Rogers Birthplace Museum in Oologah.

For more information, please visit www.willrogers.com.