" This is not the last chapter in Chicago's literary legacy, but the next chapter in our literary legacy." 
Mayor Rahm Emanuel 

American Writers Museum Press Conference 
February 21, 2017

Thank you to everyone who came out to make the American Writers Museum press conference a success! Mayor Rahm Emanuel was excited to announce the American Writers Museum will be opening in Chicago on May 16, 2017.   Here are a few photos from the event:

American Writers Museum 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.
The Chicago Tribune,  DNA info Chicago, CBS Chicago, Daily Herald, and so many more attended and covered the press conference on February, 21, 2017. 
American Writers Museum Construction Update
Construction underway at 180 N. Michigan Avenue 
We are ready to install the exhibits next!  
Exhibit Spotlight: Reader's Favorites

Surprise Bookshelf

The Surprise Bookshelf will present a series of stunning, illuminated boxes, each showcasing samples of great American writing. Visitors will slide the lit box to the side to discover something exciting about the work and its author, including music, videos, photos and more. 100 writers, spanning a broad sweep of genres and media, from poets and science fiction authors to sports writers and song writers, will be featured side-by-side on a rotating basis. 
American Writers Museum Affiliate Spotlight
Be curious, not judgmental
-Walt Whitman-

Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site and Interpretive Center

 ( Photo credit:  George Mallis)

One of America's greatest poets, Walt Whitman, was born in 1891 in Huntington, New York, on Long Island. The small farmhouse faced destruction in the mid-20th Century, but the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association was established to preserve the site.
The site was originally used for public programming and limited tours, but expanded its annual guest numbers from 1,000 to 16,500 after implementing educational programs. A large portion of visitors is made up of grade school students and those who enter the annual student poetry contest. At the end of the contest, the winners are announced on the weekend closest to Whitman's birthday on May 31.
Those who tour the site will discover life in the late 19th Century and be swept away by its historic charm. The site was restored in 1997 after research was conducted to discover the lifestyle of a humble family in the 1800's. Curators were careful to only include furniture, decor, and necessities that Whitman's parents, Walter and Louisa, could afford.
The site is open year-round to individuals and groups and offers a Spanish speaking guide for all to enjoy the history of Walt Whitman and his home.
For news and updates from the Site, visit their Facebook page.
To learn more about this American writer, please visit the website for the Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site and Interpretive Center. Be sure to find the  Affiliate nearest you and check out their upcoming events.

American Writers Museum
Announces New Affiliates

Edward Gorey House
The Edward Gorey House is dedicated to the life and works of Edward Gorey, as well as Gorey's devotion to animal welfare. The house and its annual Gorey exhibits are open to the public from April through December.

Theodore Roethke Home Museum
The Roethke House celebrates the life and works of poet Theodore Roethke, and maintains a library of his works. Tours are available by appointment.

Become a Donor

On behalf of the  American Writers Museum , we would like to thank everyone who participated in our $500,000 Founder's Challenge, which is now complete.  We couldn't do any of this without you, and for that we are very grateful! 

Up next we are hosting our new Anonymous $500,000 Challenge Grant, running
from now until we open on May 16th! So every donation made between now and then will be matched dollar for dollar.

The American Writers Museum Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (Federal Tax ID Number 27-1822749). All donations made to the Foundation are fully tax deductible.

Your support will help us accomplish our goal of creating a national museum to celebrate the lives and works of our nation's preeminent. Please select an amount and use the "Donate" button to make a secure online contribution via PayPal. 

If you donate $100 dollars or more, we will list you as a Chapter One Patron on the website.
For information on wire or stock transfers, please call the AWM office at (312)374-8790.

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American Writers Museum Giveaway
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Upcoming Events with American Writers Museum Affiliates

AWM has over 55 Affiliates throughout the United States. Here are some of the exciting events they have coming up in March:
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.

American Writers Museum
Executive Offices
180 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 505
Chicago, IL 60601

American Writers Museum
Opening May 16, 2017
180 N. Michigan Avenue
2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
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