Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Will Rogers Memorial

Our home educating friends took a field trip to the Will Rogers Museum in Claremore. This was a very interesting trip for the kids, as well as for the adults (as usual). Will Rogers was born in Oologah, my home town.

When we arrived a cowboy gave us the run down on Will Rogers. His life, his career, and his fame, and his family. The cowboy told us about how Will wanted to "see the world" so he up and went to Africa as a young man. In the middle his wandering across Africa, someone found out Will could lasso and work tricks with a rope. Will was in need of a way to earn money, so they hired Will to do shows nightly for people to come and watch. Will was quiet during his first few shows, but soon began to say things that would get a good laugh out of his audience, so he decided to adlib along to his tricks. He figured out that he could make people laugh, and decided he liked the "spot light" quite a lot.

Here the kids are sitting in a little movie theater watching a few of the movie flicks Will Rogers starred in.

Will Rogers and his family are buried in this tomb, under the museum. This is the entrance to the tomb.

Have I ever mentioned how much I love educating my kids! This is a pretty cool world full of so many neat people and places, and I love watching my kids take it in!

1 comment:

Steph T. said...

We've been there a few times too...always interesting to learn more about Oklahoma & those before us!!