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The Will Rogers Memorial Museum first opened its doors in 1938. Its construction was largely due to the $200,000 funding provided by the state legislature. In 1982, additional funding from the legislative government allowed for the creation of the museum?s new east wing. In 1990 ? 1995, private and public donations were used for the museum?s complete renovation.

As expected, the museum has the largest collection of artifacts related to Will Rogers in the entire world. One of the main attractions of the museum is the Rogers family tomb, which is framed by a sunken garden. The twenty-acre grounds of the museum were originally purchased by the actor in 1911 to serve as his retirement home but this was made impossible by his untimely death. Also found at the site is the 2,409 sq. ft. library, which is also where the museum?s staff offices are located. Besides more than two thousand books and other research materials related to Rogers, there are also texts discussing vaudeville, Indians, and early films as well as events that took place from 1879 until 1935.
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