Hats off to Will Will Rogers Birthday Tribute and Wreath Laying Ceremony
Will Rogers Days, City of Claremore Indigenous Heritage Day and National Native American Heritage Month begins the first Saturday of November, commemorating Will Rogers birthday (November 4, 1879). The Pocahontas Club has been celebrating Will’s birthday since the Will Rogers Memorial Museum was opened in 1938. The Wreath Laying Ceremony will begin at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum Rotunda with a procession down to the tomb of Will Rogers. The club members will begin their ceremony dressed in their Cherokee tear dresses and shawls around the bronze statue of Will Rogers to recite their Club Collect and place a basket of fall foliage at the foot of the statue.
There will be a program in the Will Rogers Theater following the Wreath Laying Ceremony. Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr. will be the guest speaker and the entertainment will be Jana Jae “Queen of Fiddle”, member of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and the National Fiddler Hall of Fame. Following the entertainment, you can board a bus for the Park & Ride History Tour, starting with the J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum for lunch and more entertainment.
Join us, as we thank Cherokee Nation Businesses, Visit Claremore, Oklahoma Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts for making this event possible, with respect to CDC recommended guidelines of wearing masks, washing hands thoroughly and social distancing.