CLAREMORE – The Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club is inviting the public to its annual “Hats off to Will” Will Rogers birthday tribute and wreath laying ceremony at 10 a.m. on Nov. 6 at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum.
According to an IWPC press release, the IWPC has been celebrating Rogers’ birthday of Nov. 4, 1879, since the Will Rogers Memorial Museum opened in 1944. The celebration opens with a wreath laying ceremony that begins in the museum’s rotunda followed by a procession to his tomb, the release states.
It also states that club members will begin the 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.
“We are Indian Women of the Pocahontas Club,” states the collect. “We love our Nation’s stories and the histories of our clans. Whether they be sung or spoken, we treasure our tribal legends, the meeting of our group and all our Indian tokens. The pride of our race we will forever cherish, that it’s history and legends will not perish. For ancient pride of race, this torch we pass to those who come our place to take.”
According to the release, after the ceremony, Jana Jae “Queen of Fiddle” and member of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and the National Fiddler’s Hall of Fame, will play in the Will Rogers Theater.
Other events include:
· 11:45 a.m. – Trolley tour begins to the J.M Davis Arms & Historical Museum, Claremore Museum of History, historic downtown on Will Rogers Boulevard, Chief J.B. Milam home, Rogers State University campus and the Oklahoma Military Academy Museum.
· Noon – J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum for lunch and entertainment by Jana Jae. Visit the Roy Clark exhibit and the Cherokee Nation Cooweescoowee District exhibit.
· 2 p.m. – Tour of Claremore Museum of History to visit with local Native artists courtesy of RT 66 Native Arts Alliance. Learn about CN citizens Andy Payne and Lynn Riggs.
· 2:45 p.m. – Tour of downtown Claremore. See a bronze sculpture of Rogers reading the newspaper in front of the Claremore Progress, take notice of the IWPC display in the window at the Antique Mall (the old Wilson Hardware store) on the corner and see the Will Rogers Hotel on the corner of Will Rogers Blvd and Route 66 Highway. Then off to the see the Chief J.B. Milam home near the RSU campus, then through the campus where the OMA Museum is located.
· 3 p.m. – Back to the Will Rogers Memorial Museum.
The events will operate under the Centers for Disease Control-recommended guidelines of wearing masks, washing hands thoroughly and social distancing.
For information, call Ollie Starr at 918-760-7499 or visit www.indianwpc.org.