It is both surprising and unfortunate that relatively little attention has heretofore been given to the important role American writers have played in how we view our culture and ourselves. In every decade, from the time of the Revolution to the present, native writers have reflected the issues and concerns of the American people and have, in turn, influenced our thinking. American writers have produced some of the world’s great literature, essays and poetry, and it is time that their authors and their works be gathered and presented to the American people in a major cultural museum. The educational opportunities are endless, and I support the creation of the American Writers Museum with enthusiasm.
Henry A. Kissinger, former U.S. Secretary of State