Hemingway exhibit available after more than 15 years of development

Clarke Historical Library to offer exhibit until September 2019


The history of author Ernest Hemingway is told by photos, movie posters and memorabilia in the Clarke Historical Library March 11 within the Charles V. Park Library.

The Hemingway Collection, located in the Clarke Historical Library, showcases a love story between American novelist Ernest Hemingway and northern Michigan. 

The exhibit offers keepsakes from Hemingway's life in Michigan and the literary works it inspired. It also highlights experiences shared at the Hemingway summer cottage located on Walloon Lake, which the family occupied during the summers of 1900-1920. 

Located in the Clarke Historical Library, the exhibit opened on Feb. 21 and will be available to visitors until September 2019. Admissions is free and open to all members of the public. 

The collection includes items originating from the Hemingway family, manuscripts from personal friends and companions of the family and photographic pieces shared by the Little Traverse Historical Museum and Harbor Springs Area Historical Museum. 

According to CentralLink's preview of the collection, the Clark Historical Library has continually longed to expand its Hemingway collection, aiming to collect materials capturing northern Michigan from 1900 to 1920. Materials aim to celebrate the streams and forests Hemingway visited during his most juvenile times as a writer. 

"It is also near and dear to our hearts as we have spent the last five months developing the exhibit, and the last 15 years developing the collection," said exhibits and projects coordinator Janet Danek. 

During the exhibit's opening ceremony, exhibit curator Mike Federspiel said the collection also offers a "peek behind the proverbial curtain" of collecting and showcasing priceless items. 

"Each collection has its own unique story on how it started (and) how it grew," he said during the ceremony. "The donations, the purchases, the lucky breaks, the near misses, the partnerships that resulted in friendships and a spectacular array of materials that preserve forever resources that tell a good story and are valuable to those wanting to learn more." 

Federspiel, Danek and CentralLink resources suggest the collection shares the story of an institute's desire to expand, grow and illustrate history despite financial odds and all physical obstacles through an exhibit that took more than a decade to build. 


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