In honor of the occasion, admission to the Museum will be free during Will Rogers Days, said Steve Gragert, executive director.
The celebration marks the 134th anniversary of Will’s birth on an Indian Territory ranch and the 75th anniversary of the opening of Wil lRogers Memorial Museum.
Highlighting the four days will be dedication and grand opening of The Final Journey at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3. The gallery is dedicated to the final days in the life of Will Rogers and Wiley Post before their Aug. 15, 1935 death in an Alaska plane crash.
Nov. 1 is “Children’s Day at the Museum.” An original Will Rogers play by Oologah-Talala children, old fashioned games, Cherokee stories, singing, calf roping and trick roping will keep the visitors busy from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 2, opens with the annual parade of marching units and bands, floats, cars, politicians and specialty groups at 10 a.m. from theClaremoreExpoCentergrounds downWill Rogers Boulevardthrough downtown Claremore.
Larry Gatlin, country music star, is parade marshal.
Just as they have since the Museum opened Nov. 4, 1938, women of the Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club will gather following the parade. “Hats Off to Will,” a tribute to Will and his wife, Betty, will end with placing a wreath on theRogers’ family tomb and a reception.
Saturday night is “Night at the Museum,” honoring Museum supporters (a ticketed event) with food, fun and fellowship and recap of the past year’s activities. Gatlin will be a special guest for the celebration.
WillRogers: All the World’s a Stage will be Sunday, Nov. 3, from noon to 4 p.m. with a time for Will Rogers’ interpreters to take the stage and authors of Will Rogers books to sign their books.
Monday, on Will’s Nov. 4 birthday will be marked with birthday cake, an original musical by Oologah-Talala children and entertainment by Kowboy Kal, a title holding trick roper.