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July 21, 2013

The Event headliners have history with WR Museum


Well-known Oklahomans, who have a history with the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore, will headline The Event. 
The first major fundraiser for the Will Rogers Memorial Foundation will be Sept. 19, on the Museum grounds.
Former Oklahoma Governors George Nigh and Frank Keating are honorary co-chairs. Linda Bradshaw of Tulsa, a Will Rogers Memorial Roper (docent) and member of the Foundation Board, is event chairperson.
“Our goal is to build support locally, regionally and nationally to enhance Museum programming and provide capital improvements,” Bradshaw said.
Presenting sponsor for the Memorial Museum’s 75th Diamond Jubilee gala  is the Cherokee Nation. 
A second event will be a Friday night celebration at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa. Presenting sponsor for the Cain’s event is The David J. Chernicky Trust. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Foundation.
Keynote speaker for the Claremore gala will be Judge Robert Henry, who headlined the 70th anniversary of the Museum’s opening and Will Rogers’ 129th birthday.
The former chief justice of the U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit, and former Oklahoma attorney general, is well-known as a Will Rogers’ scholar, often quoting Will in his many public appearances. He made a guest appearance in “Will Rogers and American Politics,” an award-winning documentary produced by Rogers State University Television.
He left his justice post in 2009 to become Oklahoma City University president.
Gov. Nigh remembers Aug. 15, 1935. An Oklahoma native, he was eight-years-old and on the family’s first-ever vacation. Traffic came to a stop, grown men cried and a newspaper EXTRA was delivered to the loud cry on the streets that Will Rogers and Wiley Post had been killed in a plane crash.
Now 86, Nigh could not have imagined then that he would carry the banner for the 1979 International Celebration of the 100th anniversary of Will Rogers’ birth, sharing the chairmanship with Joel McCrea, Will’s Hollywood friend.

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