Published by the American Writers Museum         Volume 7, Number 5          July 26, 2016

"The American Writers Museum will exhibit literary voices that we all treasure in multiple innovative ways. It will also (I know it will, we know it will) inspire new generations of literary giants  -- from every neighborhood."

-Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of the United States 2015-2017
  Wintrust Sponsors the AWM's Chicago Gallery

We are thrilled to announce that Wintrust, "Chicago's bank," has become our first corporate sponsor. They will be providing generous support over the next five years, and the Chicago Gallery will be sponsored by them. 

Your Donation Can Make Double the Difference!
Challenge Grant Still in Progress


The AWM $500,000 President's Challenge is still in progress! We have now raised more than $200,000. Donations will be matched up to $500,000, for a projected total of $1 million.


Gifts of all sizes are important to the American Writers Museum's goal of celebrating our great nation of writers. All donors who give over $100 are recognized on the AWM website. Donate today to have your tax-deductible gift matched dollar for dollar! 


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If you prefer to send a check, download a pledge form here


AWM Board of Directors Profile: Helen Sullivan
A nationally recognized expert in industry-wide public relations and integrated marketing programs for associations, Helen Sullivan, APR, Fellow PRSA, is president of InHouse Communications, based in metro Washington, D.C. She was among the first to join the quest to establish the American Writers Museum.
"When Malcolm O'Hagan first shared his vision with me, it was very early on, in 2010," Helen explains. "Malcolm's neighbor was a professional colleague of mine who knew of my interest in poetry and suggested that Malcolm and I meet. Malcolm's vision was contagious -- of course -- and I was thrilled to be part of something so important, worthy, and exciting. As an avid reader and lifelong devotee of poetry, it has been a dream-come-true to watch the museum progress from vision to reality."   

Helen believes the museum leadership, staff, partners, and scholars have done an extraordinary job in planning a museum that will be "a gathering place of aha moments, learning, reflection, ideas, inspiration, importance - and, yes, fun."
AWM Affiliate Spotlight
AWM is proud to have several Affiliates that are part of the National Park Service , which is celebrating its 100th birthday this August. This month, we are spotlighting the John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, California.

John Muir National Historic Site 
"Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean."
-John Muir


At the John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, California, visitors can tour the Strentzel-Muir home where Muir was born and his 2,600-acre ranch filled with fruit and nut trees. Visitors can enjoy a docent or ranger-led tour of the Strentzel-Muir home or pick fresh fruit from the ranch. Those looking to get in touch with the scenic background of Muir's writings can hike, bike, or go horseback riding on Mount Wanda. Reoccurring events at the Muir site include Nature Walks on Mount Wanda,  Full Moon Walks , Camp Fire Programs , and multiple events combining Muir's environmental writing and nature itself. The John Muir Birthday-Earth Day   celebration includes children's activities, speeches, and music.


For news and updates from the Site, visit their Facebook  page.

To learn more about this American writer, please visit the website for the
John Muir Historic Site. Be sure to find the Affiliate nearest you and check out their upcoming events, and to #FindYourPark as the National Park Service   celebrates its Centennial!
From Our Neighborhoods

Our traveling exhibit, From Our Neighborhoods: Four Chicago Writers Who Changed America, will be at the following locations over the next several months:
Be sure to visit the exhibit at the location nearest you! For more information about the exhibit, visit our site.
Upcoming Events

AWM has over 50 Affiliates throughout the United States. Here are some of the exciting events they have coming up in August:
AWM in the News

The American Writers Museum thanks those who feature us in their publications. This month, we are happy to share this recent coverage.

AWM Trivia Contest- Enter to Win a $25 Gift Card or an AWM Poster

Sent in by Jerry Yanoff of Chicago: "What do novelist Evan Hunter and detective fiction writer Ed McBain have in common?"

Submit your answer here for a chance to win.  A winner will be drawn randomly from the correct respondents to receive the $25 gift card, and the runners-up will each receive an AWM poster featuring American Writers on the topic of writing. 

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Thanks to all our donors, patrons, affiliates, and friends for your ongoing support!


The mission of the American Writers Museum is to engage the public in celebrating American writers and exploring their influence on our history, our identity, our culture, and our daily lives.
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