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William Penn Adair “Will” Rogers (Nov. 4, 1879-Aug. 15, 1935) was an American cowboy, vaudeville performer, humorist, social commentator and motion picture actor. He was one of the world’s best-known celebrities in the 1920s and 1030s.
Known as “Oklahoma’s Favorite Son,” Rogers was born to a prominent Cherokee Nation family in Indian Territory (now part of Oklahoma). He traveled around the world three times, made 71 movies (50 silent films and 21 “talkies”), wrote more than 4,000 nationally-syndicated newspaper columns, and became a world-famous figure. By the mid-1930s, Rogers was adored by the American people. He was the leading political wit of the Progressive Era, and was the top-paid Hollywood movie star at the time. Rogers died in 1935 with aviator Wiley Post when their small airplane crashed in Alaska.
The Friends of the Oregon Public Library, the Ogle County Historical Society, and the Rock River Center have partnered together to bring Andy Hogan, a Will Rogers Memorial Museum historical guide and Will Rogers interpreter, from his home in Oklahoma to Oregon, Ill., for a special program. Hogan relates personally to the man he touts in his duties as historical guide at the Claremore Will Rogers Museum. He wears his Will Rogers hat and with rope in hand, leads tours through the museum’s nine galleries filled with art, artifacts and memorabilia relating to the life and times of the American legend. Hogan has acquainted himself with the chatty ways of Will Rogers and with a long history as a teacher, he relates to children as well as adults.
His presentation will begin at 7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, Ill. There will be no cost for this program, but free-will donations will be accepted to help cover transportation costs. For reservations, call (815) 732-3252 or toll-free (800) 541-5479.
Posted Oct. 9, 2013