Special Events Planned at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum and Birthplace Ranch

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Spring kicks off a whole new list of activities and entertainment at the Will Rogers Museum and Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch.

There are monthly events such as Family Days, Learning Lectures, Will’s Cowboy Trader Days, and Movie Nights. Moreover, this year’s plans for their MAIN EVENTS include an April 20,000 egg Easter Egg Hunt, Will’s Wild West Kids Camp in June, in July kids will love staying overnight in the Memorial Museum at Overnight at the Chuckwagon, the spectacular Will Rogers/Wiley Post Fly-in comes in August,  Halloween Night, Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival and movie-making Dog-Iron Awards dominate November, and Will’s Country Christmas and Santa Pictures round out the holiday season.

There’s never a dull moment at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum, never! Most of their activities are free of charge, however, some do have small fees and can be listed “Space is Limited.”

If you are unaware, there are two locations where activities and events take place. First, if you hear locals talking, they will often refer to the Will Rogers Memorial Museum at 1720 W. Will Rogers Blvd, Claremore, OK – as THE MEMORIAL; next, locals will mention Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch at 9501 E. 380 Rd. in Oologah, OK – THE BIRTHPLACE.

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Every day is a great day at the Memorial and Birthplace.  The Memorial Museum is located on 20 lush hilltop acres. The expansive lawn is great for outdoor events and picnics. Be astonished at all there is to see and do...it houses the world’s largest collection of Will Rogers memorabilia and his entire collection of writings. In 2015, Gordon Kuntz donated the 2nd largest collection of items to the Memorial Museum including one-of-a-kind movie posters, movie stills, books, correspondence and much more. The Memorial is a world-class museum with extraordinary paintings, sculptures and other artifacts within the collection. Beyond learning about Will Rogers, there are numerous student education programs; as well as many opportunities to volunteer.

The Birthplace Ranch is a beautiful country setting where you can take a leisurely self-guided tour through the historic Rogers ranch house, and catch a glimpse at what life was like on a late nineteenth-century ranch in Indian Territory.  See the era-correct barn, livestock grazing in their pastures, and enjoy the beautiful, hilltop view of Oologah Lake. Hiking and equestrian trails are available through the cattle pastures in the valley. Airplanes may land on our grass airstrip in the hay meadow west of the Rogers ranch house.

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Easter Egg Hunt
at the Memorial Museum
Saturday, April 16, 2022,
11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Bring the kids to one of the biggest and most fun Easter Egg Hunts. 20,000 eggs with candy and prizes in each one, compliments of Cedar Point Church.

Will’s Wild West Kids Camp
at the Memorial Museum
Monday, June 20, 2022, 8 a.m.
Wednesday, June 22, 2022, 1 p.m.
This three-day camp will teach kids about Will’s life and character with activities, games and lots of fun. Space is limited.

Overnight at the Chuckwagon
at the Memorial Museum
Friday, July 8, 2022, 5 p.m. thru Saturday, July 9, 2022, 9 a.m.
Give your kids the unique experience of staying overnight in a museum. Fun activities, crafts, movies and food. Space is limited.

Will Rogers/Wiley Post Fly-In
at the Birthplace Ranch
Saturday, August 13, 2022,
7 a.m.-1 p.m.
Bring the whole family! Vintage planes, classic cars, vendors, food trucks and entertainment. Day of Remembrance at 10 a.m. Bring your lawn chairs.

Halloween Night
at the Memorial Museum
Monday, October 31, 2022,
6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Bring your kids for a fun and safe Trick or Treat experience. Local businesses will provide candy and there will be a costume contest.

Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival and 2022 Dog-Iron Awards

(Submit entries now thru August 31, 2022)
at the Memorial Museum
November 2-8, 2022
The festival is family-friendly and it will be several days of movies, chats, networking and activities. The Dog-Iron Awards ceremony takes place Saturday, November
5, 2022, at 7 p.m.

Will’s Country Christmas
at the Birthplace Ranch
Friday, December 2, 2022,
5 p.m. thru Saturday, December
3, 2022, 9 p.m.
Bring the whole family to this traditional Christmas event. Hayrides, carriage rides, train rides, crafts, games, vendors, food trucks and fun!

Santa Pictures
at the Memorial Museum
Saturday, December 3, 2022,
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Saturday, December 10, 2022,
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Come see Santa and get a great picture!

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