2007 Literary Landmarks

  • Will Rogers Museum, Claremore, Okla. Will Rogers wrote to entertain, to enlighten, and to educate. His words were stilled far too soon. The site on which the museum now resides was purchased by Will and Betty Rogers to build their Oklahoma home. It is on a bluff overlooking Claremore. The museum was built as a gift of the people of Oklahoma in memory of their native son. Partners: Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma (FOLIO) and the Cherokee Nation. Dedicated Oct. 26, 2007.

  • Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, Washington, D.C. The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site preserves the last residence of Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), one of the most prominent African American leaders of the 19th century. A fiery orator, dedicated editor, bestselling author, and presidential advisor, Douglass crusaded for human rights as an abolitionist, a strong advocate for women's suffrage, and a voice for social justice. From 1877 until his death in 1895, Douglass lived at the estate he called Cedar Hill, located in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Daily tours of the Douglass Home are offered and a visitor center provides an orientation film, exhibits, and a bookstore. Partners: National Park Service, Gilder Lehrman Center, and the Frederick Douglass Memorial and Historical Association. Dedicated June 24, 2007.

  • Kate Chopin House, St. Louis, Mo. Novelist and short story writer Kate Chopin (1850-1904) lived in this house located at 4232 McPherson Ave. in St. Louis in the autumn of 1903. It was in this house that she wrote her last poem, "To the Friend of my Youth: To Kitty," and her last story, "The Impossible Miss Meadows." It was also in this house that she died of a cerebral hemorrhage on Aug. 22, 1904. The house is the only existing St. Louis building associated with her life and work. Partners: Friends of the Kirkwood Public Library and the Kate Chopin Society of North America (headquartered in the Kirkwood Public Library). Dedicated April 22, 2007.