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Birthday Bash

By: Pat Reeder | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: October 2018

Will Rogers Birthday Bash Nov. 1-4 continues the year of events that have paid tribute to his movie career and his Nov. 4, 1879 birth on an Indian Territory Ranch. The focus will continue to create a movie atmosphere in Claremore with memories of individual favorite movies, according to Tad Jones, Will Rogers Memorial Museum executive director.

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A Really Big Air Show

By: Pat Reeder | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: August 2018

Bring your lawn chairs and watch pilots from around the country come in over Oologah Lake and from all directions to celebrate aviation in the heartland. The Will Rogers & Wiley Post Fly-In marks the 83rd anniversary of the Aug. 15, 1935 Alaska crash that claimed the lives of the world’s most noted aviation enthusiasts of their time.

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A New Dimension For Visitors

By: Pat Reeder | Category: Education | Issue: June 2018

You are about to enter into a new dimension. An “Enhanced Tour” of Will Rogers Memorial Museums brings a new level of reality or information to visiting the Claremore Memorial and Oologah Birthplace Ranch.

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Christmas is Coming

By: Pat Reeder | Category: Rogers County | Issue: November 2017

Christmas, as it might have been celebrated at the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch in Will’s childhood, will be recreated in the third annual Will’s Country Christmas.

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Halloween is Spooktacular

By: Pat Reeder | Category: Rogers County | Issue: October 2017

A Night at the Museum Returns for Halloween!

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Will Rogers Birthday Bash

By: Pat Reeder | Category: Rogers County | Issue: October 2017

The Claremore Museum of History and Gazebo Park will set the scene for the Will Rogers’ Birthday Bash at the end of the Nov. 4 parade through Claremore down Will Rogers Blvd.

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Will Rogers Days Plans Expansion

By: Pat Reeder | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2016

Will Rogers Memorial Museum opened Nov. 4, 1938, three years after the death of the man who still remains Oklahoma’s most recognizable native.

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Flying Into New Traditions with Hometown Heroes

By: Pat Reeder | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2016

It’s been 81 years since Will Rogers and Wiley Post died in an Alaska plane crash. News of the crash on Aug. 15, 1935 remains a historic tragedy felt worldwide, but no place more stunned than Oologah, the town where Will was born of and the home place where he lived as a boy.

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Museum Spring Break On Tap March 14-18

By: Pat Reeder | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2016

Spring Break 2016 activities will be at both the Will Rogers Memorial Museum and Birthplace Ranch this year March 14-18. Exciting events are being planned for Monday through Friday, said Bart Taylor, Museum assistant curator for education.

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Volunteering for Will

By: Pat Reeder | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: January 2016

A new class of Will Rogers Ropers, volunteers at Will Rogers Memorial Museums, officially ended their training and received their badges of honor and red bandana neckerchiefs in early December. It was just in time for two days of volunteering for Will’s Country Christmas, a first-ever holiday event at Will’s Birthplace Ranch.

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Will’s Country Christmas

By: Pat Reeder | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2015

Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch near Oologah will come alive with Christmas holiday lore and activities on Friday and Saturday, December 11 and 12. “Will’s Country Christmas” hours will be from 6 to 9 p.m.

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Paintings of An American Legend

By: Pat Reeder | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2015

The original Mike Wimmer oil paintings from Governor Frank Keating’s book “Will Rogers: An American Legend” have been relocated to the entry gallery of Will Rogers Memorial Museum. Call it serendipity or a home run.

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Will and Wiley 80 Years Later

By: Pat Reeder | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2015

Will Rogers and Wiley Post died in an Alaska plane crash on August 15, 1935. It is often called the “crash heard around the world.” This year the Will Rogers & Wiley Post Fly-In at the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch will be Saturday, August 15, the 80th anniversary of the history-making event, when bold headlines in newspapers all over the world carried the story.

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Become a Roper

By: Pat Reeder | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2015

Volunteers are an active part of the mission of Will Rogers Memorial Museums’ daily operations and programs. A training program for a new class of Will Rogers Ropers, the name chosen for volunteers who wear a bandana kerchief, will begin September 3. Classes will meet each Thursday through November 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The graduation celebration will be November 19.

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Kids Relive History at Frontier Days Kid Camp

By: Pat Reeder | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2015

Kids can experience life in the 1880s, when Will Rogers was growing up on an Indian Territory family ranch, this summer.

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Santa Claus is Coming to Will Rogers Memorial Museum

By: Pat Reeder | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2014

Santa Claus will visit the Will Rogers Memorial Museum three Saturdays in December when admission will be free to all.

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Will Rogers Days

By: Pat Reeder | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2014

 Something new has been added to the four-day Will Rogers Days, marking the November 4, 1879 birthday of Will Rogers and the 1938 opening of the Will Rogers Memoria…

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Former Lawmaker To Lead Will Rogers Memorial Museums

By: Pat Reeder | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2014

Tad Jones, former Rogers County legislator, will take the reins as Will Rogers Memorial Museums director, replacing retiring Steve Gragert.

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Ropers Share Will’s Passion for Flying

By: Pat Reeder | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: August 2013

Joe Bacon, Martha Swartz and Tom Egbert are new-found friends with a common bond. They are fans of Will Rogers; all are Will Rogers Memorial Museum Ropers (docents). And they love flying.

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Will You Run?

By: Pat Reeder | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2013

It’s time to lace up the running shoes for the 4th annual Will Rogers Memorial Race, which will take runners through the scenic Rogers State University Nature Reserve.…

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Celebrate Oklahoma’s Favorite Son

By: Pat Reeder | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2012

Four days of activities are planned November 1-4, to celebrate the 133rd birthday of Will Rogers, acclaimed Oklahoma’s Favorite Son, a prolific writer, top movie and s…

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Welcome to Our World

By: Pat Reeder | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2012

A new class of Ropers (docent volunteers) at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore will begin training Thursday, September 6.

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Plane Fun

By: Pat Reeder | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: August 2012

Will Rogers was an actor, writer, trick roper and rancher. At the time of his death, he was all these and undoubtedly the world’s most avid aviation ­booster.

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Love Will Rogers? Become a Roper

By: Pat Reeder | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2012

Visitors come from all over the world to Will Rogers Memorial Museum.

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Pocahontas Club Picnic

By: Pat Reeder | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2012

Bill John Baker, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, will be a special guest of the 113-year-old Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club at the club’s annual picnic Satur…

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Saddle Up for Fun

By: Pat Reeder | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: November 2011

Will Rogers Memorial Museum opened November 4, 1938 in what is still considered one of the biggest events in Claremore’s history.

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Letters From the Heart

By: Pat Reeder | Category: Special Interest | Issue: July 2011

“Letters From the Heart: Betty and Will Rogers” brings to life for the first time the delightful early 1900s courtship correspondence of Will Rogers and his wife Bet…

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Recruiting Ropers

By: Pat Reeder | Category: Special Interest | Issue: July 2011

Spend a few hours a month with the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and at the same time share the life, wisdom and humor of Will Rogers.A new class of…

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Friends of Will Rogers Docent Program

By: Pat Reeder | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2008

Friends of Will Rogers will soon be taking on a new meaning.

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