October 31, 2022
Contact: Tad Jones
Will Rogers Memorial Museum, Oklahoma Historical Society
Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival Scheduled for November 2–5 in Claremore
CLAREMORE, Okla. — The Will Rogers Memorial Museum will celebrate the 143rd birthday of Oklahoma’s Favorite Son with the Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival November 2–5. There will be four days of activities to honor the memory of the Cherokee cowboy, philosopher and movie actor who had starred in 50 silent movies and 21 talkies by the time of his death on August 15, 1935, in an Alaska airplane crash.
Beginning November 2, the Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival will feature up-and-coming filmmakers exhibiting their work at venues throughout Claremore, along with lectures, workshops and receptions. Free showings of films featuring Rogers will take place at Will Rogers Theatre, located inside the Will Rogers Memorial Museum.
Admission to the museum will be free and open to the public on November 4 to celebrate Rogers’ birthday.
At 10 a.m. on November 5, the Pocahontas Club will perform its traditional wreath-laying ceremony at the grave of Will Rogers.
The multi-day event will wrap up on November 5, when organizers honor the motion picture festival’s top filmmakers at the Dog Iron Awards Ceremony.
For more detailed information on the Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival, please visit dogirons.com/program or call 918-341-0719. The Will Rogers Memorial Museum is located at 1720 W. Will Rogers Blvd. in Claremore.
The Will Rogers Memorial Museum is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.