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Emily Hill Wins HP Short Fiction Contest

Emily HillThe Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum announced the winners of its 1st Annual Short Fiction Contest.  Emily Hill won first place.  Hill is an Arkansas native and sophomore at Hendrix College, where she plans to major in Psychology and minor in English.  The contest’s judge believed that her story “A Fossilized Union,” “is an exceptionally inventive short-story that both magnifies the significance of our own histories and shrinks these stories in the grander narratives of the cosmos, geology, and time.”

Spencer Campbell of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock was runner-up for the prize.  Joining Campbell and Hill on the shortlist are Haley Albery (Lyon College), Kristen Elia (Lyon College), Jared Malone (Lyon College), Heather Neeley (University of the Ozarks), and Kelby Newcomb (Lyon College).

The contest was judged by Naomi Wood, author of the forthcoming novel Mrs. Hemingway.  Wood lives in London, England, and teaches Creative Writing at Goldsmiths University.  She has spent time as a fully-funded resident scholar at the Library of Congress and was the British Library’s 2012 Eccles Centre Writer in Residence.

The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Short Fiction Contest is open to undergraduate students at public and private institutions in the state of Arkansas.  This year, forty-four entries were submitted from eleven institutions across the state.



Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum Takes Step Towards Accreditation

 

 

 

The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center has passed the American Alliance of Museums’ Core Document Verification, an important milestone in its ongoing efforts to demonstrate excellence and meet standards and best practices.

Earning Core Documents Verification means the national professional organization for the museum industry has verified–through a thorough expert review–that the museum has an educational mission and ethics, planning, emergency, and collections stewardship policies in place that reflect standard practices of professional museums.  These elements were evaluated because they are deemed essential for every institution that identifies itself as a professional member of the museum field.

One reason we undertook this outside review was to show our public that the museum has in place the policies and plans that are essential to good museum management and which provide our staff and governing authority the structure, ethical grounding, and accountability needed to make informed and consistent decisions for the good of our public and in support of our mission and sustainability.



Arkansas’ Mississippi River Delta

arkansas-mississippi-river-delta-Hemingway-Pfeiffer-Museum-deskIn the trucktrend.com travel article, Arkansas’ Mississippi River Delta, the Truck Trend staff write about their Mississippi River Delta tourism excursion, taken via a Chevy Silverado, which included stops at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum, the boyhood home of Johnny Cash, the Rohwer Relocation Center, and the Lakeport Plantation, among others. The travel article is accompanied by an extensive Travel Photo Gallery which contains photos of all the sites they visited. To view the article, please click here.



Talented Participants Complete 2013 Hemingway-Pfeiffer Fall Writers’ Retreat

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The 2013 Hemingway-Pfeiffer Fall Writers’ Retreat has come to a close. Eight talented writers from five states traveled to Piggott for the Retreat at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum. The next retreat is April 10-12, 2014, with Roland Mann serving as the mentor. Further information about the Retreat is contained in the A-State news article, Talented Participants Complete 2013 Hemingway-Pfeiffer Fall Writers’ Retreat. For the original article, please click here.



Thompson Honored, Announces Grant for HPMEC

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In the Clay County Times-Democrat article, Thompson Honored, Announces Grant for HPMEC, the check presentation ceremony held at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum to celebrate the grant obtained for the Museum through the efforts of Senator Robert Thompson of Paragould is discussed. At the ceremony, Senator Thompson stated that, “I think the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center is the perfect convergence of education, economic development and tourism—and it is so important to Piggott and Clay County.” To read the article, please click here.


Sen. Robert Thompson Presents $100,000 Check Toward Hemingway-Pfeiffer Project

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Senator Robert Thompson has secured legislative funding in the amount of $100,000 for the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center. The check was presented to Arkansas State University officials at a ceremony on November 4, 2013, held at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum. Senator Thompson has been a great advocate for Arkansas State University, working with other senators and legislators over the past six years, he has secured more than three million for the Arkansas Heritage Sites program. Further details are provided in the A-State news article, Sen. Robert Thompson Presents $100,000 Check Toward Hemingway-Pfeiffer Project. To read the article, please click here.


University of Arkansas Press Publishes Biography of Ernest Hemingway’s Second Wife

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The University of Arkansas Press has published Unbelievable Happiness and Final Sorrow: The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Marriage, by Dr. Ruth Hawkins. Paul Hendrickson, author of Hemingway’s Boat, said, “No one in America knows more about the Pfeiffer family and the crucial Hemingway-Pfeiffer marriage than Ruth A. Hawkins. The book she offers represents years of close scholarship and is told with respect, literary grace, and blunt honesty.” More information is provided in the University of Arkansas news item, University of Arkansas Press Publishes Biography of Ernest Hemingway’s Second Wife. To read the article, please click here.



Restoring Tradition of Quail Hunting

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The New York Times article, Restoring the Tradition of Quail Hunting, discusses the ecological issues preventing quail populations from returning to healthy numbers. Ernest Hemingway’s love of quail hunting is also mentioned. While in Piggott visiting the Pfeiffers with his wife Pauline, Hemingway picked up the hobby and is said to have enjoyed it immensely. To view the article, please click here.



No ‘Farewell’: Hemingway lives on Ark. town

In recognition of the 80th anniversary of A Farewell to Arms, the Today.com article, No ‘Farewell’: Hemingway Lives on in Ark. Town, explores the role that the Pfeiffers and their home in Piggott played in the writing of A Farewell to Arms and in Hemingway’s career in general. To view the article, please click here.