Cowboys and Indians will gather at Will Rogers Memorial Museum on April 30 and May 1 for American Cowboys Traders Days and a meeting of the Oklahoma State Chapter of Trail of Tears Association. There will even be an opportunity for actors to demonstrate their talent for future screen productions.


Experience western culture through western memorabilia, art, saddles and tack and other western gear, Exhibitors will have booths spread over the grounds of Will Rogers Memorial Museum (and J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum) will host Traders Days from 8 a.m. –6 p.m. both days, an event of Destination Claremore. Parking will be available on the museum property on the north side of Blue Starr.


Noted Cherokee speaker Jay Hannah of Oklahoma City will be keynote speaker for the Trail of Tears Association.


Curtis Rohr, Claremore, Cherokee historian and Trail of Tears spokesman, said the meeting from 10 a.m. to noon in the Will Rogers Memorial Museum Theatre is open to the public. It will begin with a short business session and brief presentation by Gene Norris, genealogist at the Cherokee Heritage Center, Tahlequah. He will explain help available at the Heritage Center in tracking family history.


Hannah, executive vice president of BancFirst, Oklahoma City, is a native of Adair County. A graduate of Northeastern State University, he has served on the NSU board of trustees. He holds a master’s degree from Oklahoma State University.


He is on the Cherokee Nation Business board and serves as chairman of the Cherokee Nation Enterprises industry committee.


“A top notch speaker and much in demand,” according to Rohr, Hannah will talk about the Trail of Tears time frame in history.


Authors of books about Cherokees are expected to have their books for sale and be available for autographs.


Traci Rabbit, well-known Cherokee artist, will be available inside the museum to sign autographed copies of her artwork. Works of Bill and Traci Rabbit are sold in the museum store.


Julie Luna, Will Rogers Memorial Museums events coordinator, said Skeleton Creek Productions will show some of their latest films in the museum theater throughout the day and will be scouting for talent for future big screen productions.


Food vendors will be set up on the grounds. Carriage rides will be offered.


Will Rogers Memorial Museum will be the setting for a 6 p.m. Friday, May 6, “Taste of Claremore,” featuring food from Claremore area restaurants. Tickets are available at the Museum store, 918-343-8115.


Headlining Destination Claremore is actress Shirley Jones, who played in the movie Oklahoma!, written by Claremore playwright Lynn Riggs.


(For additional information visit or for Skeleton Creek visit the website For information and complete calendar of Destination Claremore events visit the Claremore Convention and Visitors Bureau website