Hunting for Will Rogers

The fun and famous
student scavenger hunt to
find facts in the galleries
and halls of the Will Rogers
Memorial Museum at
Claremore, Oklahoma


When Will Rogers was eight years old, he was sent away to school at Harrell International Institute in Muskogee for fourth grade. Late in the year, he became homesick and briefly returned home to the family ranch near Oologah, sick with the mumps.

Will Rogers started school at Drumgoole, an Indian school near Chelsea. The tuition was a $1.00 per month, and most students were full-blood Cherokee. English was their second language. Following Harrell and the death of his mother, Mary America Schrimsher, he enrolled at Willie Halsell Institute at Vinita, then Scarritt College at Neosho, Missouri, and completed his formal education at Kemper Academy, a military school in Boonville, Missouri.

As an adult, Will Rogers said he learned in two ways: “one is reading. The other is association with smarter people.” Will read several newspapers every day for most of his life. As a child at home, his mother taught him to read. He never stopped reading.



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  • Will Rogers Memorial Museum
    1720 West Will Rogers Blvd.
    Claremore, OK 74017
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    9501 East 380 Road
    Oologah, OK 74053