“The Cherokee Kid” Featured in New Exhibit at Cherokee Heritage Center

Will Rogers

Published September 21, 2018

Will Rogers exhibit runs Sept. 29 through March 30

PARK HILL, Okla. – Cherokee Heritage Center is partnering with the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore to host a new exhibit highlighting the life of the iconic Will Rogers.

“The Cherokee Kid: A Will Rogers Exhibit” opens to the public on Sept. 29 and runs through March 30.

“This exhibit explores the early life of Will Rogers before his career took off and provides a deeper look at his connection to his Cherokee culture,” said Dr. Charles Gourd, executive director for Cherokee Heritage Center. “His sense of humor and perception of the world helped shape not only his life as a Cherokee man, but his role as one of America’s most iconic entertainers.”

A Cherokee citizen, Rogers was born on Nov. 4, 1879, in the Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory. The exhibit shares details about his Cherokee lineage and his family’s relocation to Indian Territory as ‘Old Settlers.’ It also explores his entry into adulthood during the Curtis Act, allotment and statehood.

“We have had the pleasure of partnering with the heritage center for several years now and are very excited for the opportunity to share more about Will Rogers in the capital of the great Cherokee Nation,” said Tad Jones, executive director for Will Rogers Memorial Museum and Birthplace Ranch. “Our longstanding partnership continues to benefit both organizations and the communities in which we serve.”

A reception offering guests a sneak peek at the exhibit will be held Friday, September 28, at 6 p.m.

“The Cherokee Kid: A Will Rogers Exhibit” is supported in part by the Oklahoma Humanities Council.

The Cherokee Heritage Center is the premier cultural center for Cherokee history, culture and the arts. It is located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive, Park Hill.


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