The American Writers Museum will transform the solitary act of reading into a public forum, something we can experience with our ears and our hands as well as our eyes. Why didn't anyone think of it before?
-Anne Fadiman, Writer-in-Residence, Yale University
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.
O'Hagan and shares with them his inspiration for the American Writers Museum.
American Writers Museum Construction Update
The exhibits are being installed this month! We will be opening our doors in less than two months! Check out the pictures of our new home at 180 N Michigan Ave!
Exhibit Spotlight: Reader's Favorites
The Reader's Favorite's kiosks, powered by Goodreads, allow visitors to rank their top 5-10 favorite works alongside favorites of other museum visitors and Goodreads users. Visitors will also be able create a custom .pdf bookmark that they can email to themselves and print at home.
American Writers Museum
The Merwin Conservancy
The Merwin Conservancy's
mission is to preserve the living legacy of W. S. Merwin, his home and palm forest, for future retreat and study for botanists and writers, for environmental advocacy and community education.
Nelson Algren Museum of Miller Beach
The Nelson Algren Museum of Miller Beach
ebrates the life and writings of Nelson Algren who lived in Miller Beach throughout the 1950's. He
is best known for his novels, "Man with the Golden Arm" and "A Walk in the Wild Side."
The museum will have its grand opening on Sunday, March 26 with speaker,
Algren biographer and Tribune transportation columnist.
The Thoreau Farm
is a nonprofit organization that is committed to preserving Thoreau's birth house. They believe Thoreau's extraordinary insights into life, nature, and social responsibility are as relevant today as they were during his lifetime.
Monte Cristo Cottage
Situated in New London, Connecticut, the
Monte Cristo Cottage
is the boyhood summer home of Eugene O'Neill, America's only Nobel-Prize winning playwright. The 1840's cottage is named in honor of Eugene O'Neill's father, the actor James O'Neill and his most popular role as Edmond Dantes in The Count of Monte Cristo.
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park
The Rawlings park
is preserved in memory of the times, life and work of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. She came to rural Cross Creek in 1928 to find a home closer to the land and a place to write. "I do not know how any one can live without some small place of enchantment to turn to," she later wrote in Cross Creek. The park is open every day and visitors may tour the house with a ranger in period costume from October through July on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
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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.
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from now until we open on May 16th! Every donation made between now and then will be matched dollar for dollar.
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Upcoming Events with American Writers Museum Affiliates
AWM has over 60
throughout the United States. Here are some of the exciting events they have coming up in April:
- Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House(Concord, MA): "Welcome to Our Home Living History Tour" and "Plumfield Fun Writing Program with "Jo"/Louisa"
- *Nelson Algren Museum of Miller Beach (Miller Beach, IN)
- William Cullen Bryant Homestead (Cummington, MA): "Returning Home: William Cullen Bryant at Home - House Tour,"and "Earth Day Hike along The Rivulet Trail!"
- Edward Gorey House (Yarmouth Port, MA): "Opening Day, April 15"
- The House of the Seven Gables (Salem, MA): "Mandarin Language and Chinese Culture Classes," "Journaling and How to Use it in Your Other Writing," "Spring Writers' Conference," "Short Story Discussion Group," "Writers Guild," ""Discover the Legacy"
- Truman Capote and Harper Lee, Old Courthouse Museum (Monroeville, AL): "Capote Book Club," "Annual Re-Opening of Rikard's Mill ," and "Alabama Writers Symposium"
- The Willa Cather Foundation(Red Cloud, NE): "Cather Book Club: The Old Man and the Sea," "Prairie Perspectives Artist Reception," and "Clark & Company: Indie R&B music"
- Emily Dickinson Museum (Amherst, MA): "Amherst Arts Night Plus: Poetry Night and Art Exhibition" and "Poetry Discussion Group"
- Frederick Douglass National Historic Site (Washington, DC): "Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Quarter Launch"
- Concord Museum(Concord, MA): "Patriots' Day"
- The Old Manse (Concord, MA): "Goodbye to Winter," "Children's Tour," "Mini Manse Tour," "Old Manse Attic Tours," "The Second Revolution: A literary tour ," "Patriots Day at the Old Manse," and "Earth Day Celebration"
- The Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum(Montgomery, AL): "Alabama Book Festival"
- The House of the Seven Gables (Salem, MA): "Exhibit Opening: Life & Labor Over Four Centuries at The Gables," "A World of Work: Daily Life and Labor in Seventeenth-Century Salem," and "Caroline Emmerton's 1920 Gables Tour"
- The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park (Oak Park, IL): "Shaping Family History into Compelling Stories"
- Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center (Piggott, AR):"Islands in the Stream Reading Retreat" and "Short Story Contest Deadline"
- Helen Hunt Jackson, Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum (Colorado Springs, CO): "Windows Into History Tour ," "Children's History Hour," "Homeschool History Fest," and "LECTURE - Through Her Lens: The Photography of Sara Jackson Loomis"
- Robinson Jeffers Tor House (Carmel, CA): "Coastal Margins: A Poetry/Creative Writing Workshop" and "Coast to Coast: Poetry Reading"
- Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center (Historic New England)(South Berwick, ME): ""A Writer's Circle" Writers' Group," "Old House Doctor," and "South Berwick Strawberry Festival"
- Jack London State Historic Park (Glen Ellen, CA): "Wildflowers on the East Slope Trail," "Jack London Short Story Read-Aloud," and "Wildflower Extravaganza"
- Longfellow House - Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site (Cambridge, MA): "Lunchtime Poetry Discussion: Fanny as Muse" and "Junior Ranger Day"
- Wadsworth-Longfellow House & Garden(Portland, ME): "Book Talk: Living the World War: A Weekly Exploration of the American Experience," "World War I Centennial Day - Free Admission!," and "Curator Tour: World War I and the Maine Experience"
- *W.S. Merwin Conservancy (Haiku, HI): "Hope Jahren in The Green Room @ Maui Arts & Cultural Center"
- Margaret Mitchell House (Atlanta, GA): "Ann B. Ross, Miss Julia Weathers the Storm," "Karen White, The Night the Lights Went Out," and "Elizabeth Kostova, The Shadow Land"
- John Muir National Historic Site(Martinez, CA): "Roadmap to the Night Sky"
- John G. Neihardt State Historic Site(Bancroft, NE): "36th ANNUAL NEIHARDT SPRING CONFERENCE- Lakota Lives: Discovery Through Biography"
- *Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Site (Cross Creek, FL): "Canning With Marjorie"
- Will Rogers Memorial Museum(Claremore, OK): "Family Day at the Birthplace Ranch" and "Milam Lecture Series - John Dwyer"
- Harriet Beecher Stowe Center(Hartford, CT): "With Justice for All? Mass Incarceration in America -- A Stowe Prize Event," " "Author Talk & Book Signing," "Preserving History in Hartford and Beyond: Issues & Solutions," and "Stand Against Racism"
- Gene Stratton-Porter(Rome City, IN): "Wildflower Walk & Brunch"
- *Thoreau Farm (Concord, MA): "Captain of a Huckleberry Party!," "Children's book author Donna Marie Przybojewski to give talk at Thoreau Farm," and "Climate Reality at Thoreau Farm on Earth Day"
- Thurber House(Columbus, OH): "Celebrating National Poetry Month: Four Weeks, Four Poems with Maggie Smith," "Adult Writing Workshop: Food Writing 101," and "Adult Writing Workshop: Jumpstarting Your Romance Novel"
- The Mark Twain House & Museum(Hartford, CT): "The Trouble Begins at 5:30: The Haunted Mark Twain" and "Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours"
- Noah Webster House(West Hartford, CT): "Webster's War of the Words"
- The Mount(Lenox, MA): "Les Enfants de l'Yser of World War I,""Poetry Reading with Community Access to the Arts," and "The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Lecture with Author Kathryn Aalto"
- Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site and Interpretive Center(Huntington Station, NY): "Walking With Whitman: Patricia Spears Jones"
- Thomas Wolfe Memorial(Ashville, NC): "Thomas Wolfe Short Story Club"