Andy is the official tour guide and presenter at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore, OK. While he does not impersonate Will Rogers, he does a highly entertaining presentation about the life and values of Will Rogers. His years of experience speaking to thousands of people has given him a unique perspective on theread the rest
Life has changed for Andy Hogan, an educator for more than 30 years. Since retiring as an elementary school principal, he says his interests are long distance running, bow hunting and anything to do with Will Rogers.
He relates personally to the man he touts in his duties at the Claremore Will Rogers Museum. Since 2004, he has served as the Museum’s historical guide and Will Rogers’ interpreter, especially involved with bus tours and school groups.
He wears his Will Rogers hat and keeps his rope in hand as he leads tours through the Museum’s nine galleries filled with art, artifacts and memorabilia relating to the life and times of the American legend born in Oologah, Indian Territory.
Hogan has acquainted himself with the chatty ways of Will Rogers and with a long history in the classroom relates to children as well as adults.
An Oklahoma native born on Tulsa’s east side, he lived on Route 66 where “everything that went through the world went in front of his house.” He graduated from East Central High School and then earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah.
Hogan’s first teaching assignment was in a junior high English classroom at Sand Springs. From there, he moved to Barnsdall, then a dependent district, where he was a teacher, principal, bus driver and coach. In 1975, he became the principal of Claremont Elementary School, a position he served in for 21 years.
After retiring, Hogan helped open the Claremore Recreation Center in 1999. He officiated football and basketball games for over 40 years until retiring in 2007. He was inducted into the Greater Tulsa Officials Association Hall of Fame.
One of his greatest joys is his wife, Jan. Together, they have four children and nine grandchildren.read less