Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The Ernest Hemingway Foundation in Oak Park is accepting applications for an in-residence writer.
Aspiring writers have a chance to work where one of the best began: Ernest Hemingway's attic. The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park created an in-residence writing program to which one person will be accepted, allowing him or her to spend the year writing in the attic of Hemingway's Victorian birth home in Oak Park. The Oak Park-based foundation promises "space and inspiration," two things writers need most to create great work, according to the foundation's website. The attic of the home is being transformed into an office outfitted by Thomasville of Oakbrook and featuring its Hemingway Collection of furniture and décor. Applications will be accepted through June 1, with the selection announced at the Hemingway Birthday …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Kurt and Mary Jane Neumann close on historic home, with plans for restoration.
Ernest Hemingway's boyhood home will stay under local ownership. Kurt and Mary Jane Neumann, Oak Park residents since 2006, closed on the home at 600 N. Kenilworth Ave. this week. They'll pay $525,000. Earlier: Hemingway's Boyhood Home For Sale “As a young man, I was influenced by Hemingway’s writing and sense of adventure. Like Hemingway, I grew up spending summers in northern Michigan and travelled extensively as a young adult,” said Kurt Neumann told the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park. “I am thrilled with the idea of raising our sons in a home with such a sense of history.” The Hemingway's moved into the home in 1906, and it's where young Hemingway is believed to have authored some of his early works. He lived there until …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park will open Papa's home for tours on a first-come, first-serve basis.
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- Casey Cora
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park will open Papa's home for tours on a first-come, first-serve basis on Sunday as part of the Day in Our Village festivities. Related: A New Treasure Trove for Hemingway Fans The home at 600 N. Kenilworth, which the foundation put up for sale earlier this year, has apparently been bought by an Oak Park family. Details have not been released about the buyer, and it is currently unclear whether or not the home will be restored, according to CBS Chicago. (Via Huffington Post) The foundation will turn the keys over soon, leaving a short window for visitors to take a guided tour. According to the EHFOP website: Although there may be occasional opportunities in the future where the family can invite …
Monday, May 14, 2012
Patch's art critic at-large chats with Debby Preiser, the Oak Park Public Library's longtime community coordinator.
This week's interview is with Debby Preiser, Community Relations Coordinator at the Oak Park Public Library. She's also a talented photographer who's well connected with the who's who and what's what in Oak Park. Debby organizes the gallery at the library and so much more as you will read in this interview. Ken Reif: Who are you? Debby Preiser: I am Debby Preiser, Community Relations Coordinator at the Oak Park Public Library. How long have you had this position? I have been doing this for about 20 years. I've spent most of this time with adult programs and done lot of PR for the library. When we built this new library I became the organizer for the art gallery. It's been a wonderful way to get to know and work with Oak Park area artists. …
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Online archive and print package celebrate famed author's time as a star foreign correspondent for The Toronto Star.
A new project by the Toronto Star has brought Ernest Hemingway's time at the paper back to life, with reprints of original articles and columns, background information and analysis by the paper's "Hemingway experts." The project, launched earlier this week, gives a broad overview of his arrival at the paper, where he arrived in 1920 "as an unknown," Star foreign affairs writer Bill Schiller says in an introduction video. Hemingway began freelancing for the paper's weekend edition, then rapidly rose to become the paper's star foreign correspondent and one of the world's preeminent writers. Now, editors at the paper have curated more than 70 Hemingway-authored articles and made them available for keepsake purchase. Prior to all of that …
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Foundation scraps ownership plans for Oak Park home, where the author spent part of his childhood.
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- Casey Cora
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Want to sleep in Ernest Hemingway's boyhood home? It'll cost a cool half-million. The famed author's former home at 600 N. Kenilworth Ave. is up for sale, according to The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park. The foundation bought the home, which has been converted into a three-flat, from a private owner in 2002. According to Forest Leaves, foundation members wanted to restore it for educational events but later determined that wasn't feasible. For more on the home's previous ownership, see this June 2011 Wednesday Journal story. “The building was built originally as a glorious home for entertaining,” Baird & Warner realtor Steve Scheuring told Forest Leaves. “Ernest’s mother was really the one that took charge in assisting the design …
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Another weekend, another chance to explore our amazing area.
Looking for weekend plans? Look no further... TEEN POE PARTY When/Where: 7 p.m. Friday at the River Forest Public Library, 735 Lathrop Ave. Why Go: Teens in grade six and up can celebrate Edgar Allen Poe's 203rd birthday with a library celebration, complete with scary stories and Poe-themed snacks and activities. Price: Free HEMINGWAY'S HOT HAVANA When/Where: 7 p.m. Saturday at the Hemingway Museum, 200 N. Oak Park Ave. Why Go: Brian Sinclair Gordon brings Ernest Hemingway to life in this one-man show, which takes the audience through a series of live storytelling. Cuban music, food and drinks, and a self-guided museum tour follow. Price: $25 for Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park members; $35 for nonmembers WORLD INDO-AFRO FUNK …
Monday, October 17, 2011
Tale of the Tombstones, the OPRF Historical Society's annual walking tour of the Forest Home Cemetery, paid tribute Sunday to some of the area's most notable and notorious deceased.
F. Murray lives across the street from history, but it's a rare day she takes the quick walk across to embrace it. Sunday she did, and it was worth the effort. The Forest Park resident was one of an estimated 400 to take the walk as part of The Oak Park River Forest Historical Society's 20th Annual "Tale of the Tombstones" walking tour at Forest Home Cemetery, 863 S. Des Plaines Ave. The tour highlighted six grave sites, each with a place in history. “[The walking tour] just reminds me about the historical value of the cemetery," Murray said. "You know, a lot of people say, 'You live right across the street from the cemetery,' and I say, Oh yes, it's gorgeous over there. Some things you just don't get a chance to see." Murray said this was…
Monday, July 25, 2011
Author's early years at newspaper determined writing style, then set him on course for world travel.
On what would have been Ernest Hemingway’s 112th birthday, Oak Park residents gathered in the Hemingway Museum at the Arts Center of Oak Park to celebrate the early influences of one of the great American writers. “I’ve been trying to build the case that there’s more to find about the education of a young man that’s been found before,” journalist Steve Paul said after his Thursday evening lecture, “‘I Am Trying to Make Speed’: Hemingway, Journalism and the Path to Writing.” Paul is a senior writer and arts editor at Hemingway’s first employer, The Kansas City Star. After editing a commemorative section in 1999 about the author for the newspaper, Paul became interested in the world of Hemingway and how journalism influenced him. Shortly …
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Our weekly series will let you be a tourist in your own town.
Patch is your guide as you become a tourist in Chicagoland. Whether you're new to town or want to explore the city you've loved for years, check out the Patch Passport series. Attractions Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio The landmark at 951 Chicago Ave. attracts more than 100,000 people a year to Oak Park from all over the world. After all, the Frank Lloyd Wright District area has the largest concentration of Frank Lloyd Wright designs than anywhere else in the world, according to the museum, and was recently rated one of the best neighborhoods in America. Nearly hour-long guided tours start about every 20 minutes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and children, with those under age 3 free…