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May 24, 2018

Contact:  Pat Reeder
Will Rogers Memorial Museums, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 918-343-8129

Enhanced Tour Adds New Dimension For Visitors to Will Rogers Memorial Museums

CLAREMORE, Okla. — An new, enhanced tour of Will Rogers Memorial Museums brings a new level of information to visitors of the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore, Okla., and the Birthplace Ranch in Oologah, Okla. This application is available on all web-enabled smartphones and tablet devices with a full browser.

The voice of Michael Wallis, author of “Route 66: The Mother Road” and voice of Sheriff in the Disney Pixar movie “Cars,” narrates a tour of the museum starting in the West Gallery through the Final Journey of the American Cowboy Philosopher.

Using an electronic device, areas of the museums are marked with “Stop” numbers to provide audio information and additional images and other content. There are 16 enhanced features throughout the museum. The enhanced tour also can be accessed from the museum website, www.willrogers.com, and people can take the tour anytime.

Each month people come from most of the United States and many foreign countries to learn more about Will Rogers. Now, through the use of smart devices, visitors can see what he had to say about their own state or country.

“Will commented about every state and many countries,” said Tad Jones, museum executive director. “He was aware of their politics and their surroundings and shared them in his writings. The new enhanced tour will allow visitors to search their state or country and read what Will had to say about them and hopefully have a new connection with him.”

An enhanced tour brochure is available at the museum entry with a map and numbers for various galleries and stops.

“This program will be ever changing and expanding as we add more content to each page and visitors will really enjoy listening to Michael Wallis’s voice as he gives a personal tour,” said Jones.

The audio tour was recorded at 3CG Records with the help of Taylor Hanson, a multi-Grammy nominated singer, songwriter, producer, entrepreneur and Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame inductee from Tulsa.

The Will Rogers Memorial Museums are 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.


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