Near the town of Oolagah, a man as synonymous to Oklahoma as the red clay below would be born on Nov. 4, 1879. Born in a house known as “The White House on the Verdigris”, Will Rogers quickly became a household name across the state and throughout the world through his multiple areas of entertainment and political actions. Since his untimely death in 1935, many continue to celebrate the life and legacy of Will Rogers through various ways, including a film festival and birthday party.
The Will Rogers Memorial Museum and Birthplace Ranch plans to celebrate the 141 birthday of Oklahoma’s favorite son with the Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival from Nov. 4 through Nov. 7. Aside from multiple days of new films by up-and-coming directors, film lectures and workshops, numerous activities are planned to ensure everyone can celebrate in their preferred way.
Starting on Nov. 4, spectators can visit the birthplace of Will Rogers while closely learning of the history of the man who inspired a nation through some of its more tumultuous years. Later, attendees can tune in to the virtual Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival, featuring the latest professionals in creative filmmaking. On Saturday, Nov. 7, participants can take part in a number of events, including a Cherokee Nation Wings Race, a powwow-singing workshop, Cherokee storytelling, and much more. As celebrations ensue, we honor Will Rogers for his life and for making 141 years old look lively.
For additional information on how you can attend, please visit the Will Rogers Memorial Museum and Birthplace Ranch website here.