Will Rogers Memorial

Put on your sharpest outfit and head out to Will Rogers Memorial Museum Nov. 1 for a night of food, fun and vaudeville.

“It’s going to be a really fun event for the community, with an old-school Hollywood theme,” said Crystal Campbell, event organizer and board member of the Will Rogers Memorial Foundation.

Proceeds from the night will help pay for renovations to the theater in the Will Rogers Memorial Museum.

“The goal for this fundraising event is $100,000,” Campbell said. “We believe that we will be able to stand there that night and say that we have achieved our goal.”

Upgrades include replacing the 35 year old theater seats, updating the screen and sound system and improving the audience and stage lighting.

“We haven’t really done many renovations to the memorial over the years,” Campbell said.

Most of the museum was constructed in 1938, and dedicated with a speech by President Franklin Roosevelt. Additions were added in 1944, 1982 and 1995.

“Updating the theater will allow for better quality viewing of his movies for visitors and school trips,” Campbell said.

100 Years in the Movies represents the 100 years that has passed since Will Rogers first appeared on the silver screen, and all that has changed since.

Campbell said that Will Rogers defines the spirit of Rogers County. Will embodies the creativity and tenacity of the people.

“The community has really stepped up to support Will,” Campbell said. “It warms my heart to know how much they believe in who we are.”

The red carpet event, Celebrating 100 Years in the Movies, will take place at the museum Nov. 1. Tickets are $75 per person.

A reception for sponsors will take place at 5 p.m. followed by open doors at 6.

A grand buffet by Hammett House and a cash bar will be available.

Tickets are available at