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Will Rogers: Oklahoma's Favorite Son

Evening Program

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Monday, August 10, 2020 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET
Code: 1H0519S
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Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.
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Will Rogers (Courtesy of the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore, OK)


  • This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.
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"I joked about every prominent man in my life-time but I never met one I didn't like.” —Will Rogers

A true American original, Rogers began his career as a trick rope artist in a Wild West show and rose to fame as a vaudeville headliner, a Hollywood movie star, and a syndicated newspaper columnist. With his plainspoken humor and clear-eyed social commentary, he struck a chord with audiences around the world and became the voice of his nation.

“Call me a ‘rube’ and a ‘hick,’” ran a characteristic observation, “but I’d a lot rather be the man who bought the Brooklyn Bridge than the man who sold it.” Today, the gentle, open spirit of his humor is sadly absent from public discourse, but his sharp commentary still finds its target. “Once a man holds public office,” he often remarked, “he is absolutely no good for honest work.”

Join us for an evening of laughter (and perhaps even rope tricks) as author Daniel Stashower explores Will Rogers’ life and legacy and actor Scott Sedar performs some of his most celebrated monologues.

Read the Smithsonian Magazine article, "Will Rogers Was One of a Kind".

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