THE CHEROKEE KID: A WILL ROGERS EXHIBIT
September 29, 2018 through March 30, 2019
Cherokee Heritage Center
21192 S Keeler Drive
Park Hill, OK 74451
At the time of his death, Will Rogers was the most well-known and beloved American civilian of his time. A Cherokee citizen, he was born in the Cherokee nation, Indian Territory and was ¼ Cherokee. This Oklahoma Humanities sponsored exhibit will specifically feature his ties to his Cherokee Family, culture, and communities. His Cherokee lineage and history of his family moving from their homelands in the east and settling in Indian Territory as 'Old Settlers', and accounts of his life growing up in the Cherokee Nation will be illustrated. Will's entry into adulthood coincides with the Curtis Act, allotment, and statehood. The story of how these events shaped him as a man in the Cherokee Nation and as an American icon will be illuminated.