CHC to host ‘The Cherokee Kid’ exhibit
PARK HILL – The Cherokee Heritage Center is partnering with the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore to host an exhibit highlighting the life of Will Rogers.
“The Cherokee Kid: A Will Rogers Exhibit” opens 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,” CHC Executive Director Dr. Charles Gourd said. “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 Nation citizen, Rogers was born on Nov. 4, 1879, in the CN, 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.”
An opening reception will be held at 6 p.m. on Sept. 28 at the CHC located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive.