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The Hemingways’ Paris Dinner Held

On the evening of October 24, the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott held a benefit dinner at the Fowler Center in Jonesboro. The event was called “The Hemingways’ Paris” and featured a Parisian dinner and winetasting, with Bruce Cochran of Jonesboro serving as sommelier.

Continuing with the Paris theme, the museum will lead a trip to the Hemingways’ Paris from March 22-30. On the Left Bank, they will walk in the footsteps of the artists of the Lost Generation: Gertrude Stein, Cole Porter, Pablo Picasso, and of course Ernest Hemingway. On the Right Bank, they will explore the world of Parisian fashion that Pauline Pfeiffer covered for Vogue magazine. They will see the world of Coco Chenal and Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. In addition, they will visit other major Paris sites, as well as Versailles, Giverny, and Normandy, where Ernest covered the 1944 Invasion as a journalist.

The trip is open to the public, but space is limited and expected to fill up fast. The cost is $3198/person (land package, double-occupancy). To register for the trip, or to get information, contact the museum.

This is the second educational trip offered by the museum. Last May, 34 travelers explored Hemingway’s Cuba. Friday’s dinner featured an art exhibition by one of those travelers, Prof. James Richards of Fort Worth. His watercolors of Cuba can be seen on the third floor of the Ellis Library on the campus of ASU until Nov. 14. The exhibition is free and open to the public.



Hemingway’s Cuba Art Exhibit – James Richards

Richards 2From October 27-November 14, an exhibition by James Richards, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington, will be on display on the third floor of Dean B. Ellis Library in Jonesboro.  Here’s Prof. Richard’s description of his work:

“Hemingway’s writing an life have long beckoned the adventurous in spirit.  Likewise, Cuba is a place of fascination for intrepid travelers, in part because Hemingway’s spirit remains a palpable presence there.  In May 2014, the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center’s tour Hemingway’s Cuba provided both access to and excellent interpretation of this fascinating place and its connections to one of the giants of American literature.

As an artist and an academic, I’m interested in the intersection of place and creativity:  the cities, towns, landscapes and experiences that inspire ideas and great works.  Hemingway purposefully sought out places conducive to his writing–Paris and Key West, among others–but he lived and worked in Cuba longer than in any other setting.  Drawing offered a fascinating way to deeply see and experience these locales, and to document a personal response to the places and people we encountered.  These watercolor sketches offer a rare, authentic look at today’s Cuba, where past and present intertwine, and at many of the largely unchanged settings that fueled Hemingway’s imagination and some of his best writing.”



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.