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.

The Smithsonian Magazine interviewed our founder, Malcolm
O'Hagan and shares with them his inspiration for the American Writers Museum.
The Seattle TimesPureWow, and  Daily Herald also included us in their publications this month!

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  Announces 
New Affiliates

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  cel 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, Mary Wisniewski Algren biographer and Tribune transportation columnist.

Thoreau Farm
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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Become a Donor

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.

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

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.

American Writers Museum Giveaway
Enter to Win a $25 Gift Card  


Which  Anna Quindlen book was made into a feature film in 1998 for which Meryl Streep received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress? 

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.  
Upcoming Events with American Writers Museum Affiliates

AWM has over 60  Affiliates throughout the United States. Here are some of the exciting events they have coming up in April:

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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