Native son Woody Guthrie was born in Okemah in 1912. He lived in the Texas panhandle during the Dust Bowl days. His life was hard-scrabble; he knew what it was to be poor. He identified with the common man and wrote and sang songs about the American experience – most notably “This Land Is Your Land, This Land Is My Land.” This museum will introduce you to tough times and tough people and the true embodiment of the American spirit.
On an interactive map you can follow Woody’s wanderings across the country. Listen to recordings of Woody and see videos of other performers all doing their own renditions of “This Land Is Your Land.” You can’t miss a centerpiece exhibit of the lyrics to his most famous song in his own handwriting. See the fiddle he carried with him during World War II – carved into the wood, “This machine killed 10 fascists.”
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