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“There is a void in the American museum world. We collect in central points the artifacts of civilization and honor politicians and soldiers, athletes and artists, inventors and entrepreneurs, but we neglect our writers. In a country established as an idea explicated in written documents and embellished by generations of poets, novelists, and critics, the case for commemorating the written word is self-evident. After all, what is written describes a people and what is celebrated defines their values.”
—Jim Leach, former Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities
Today, the American Writers Museum Foundation is addressing this profound omission through its commitment to establishing the American Writers Museum.
The American Writers Museum will:
Through innovative and dynamic state-of-the-art exhibitions, as well as compelling programming, the American Writers Museum will educate, enrich, provoke, and inspire the public.
This is such a great idea. Museums make history three dimensional, and museums bring people together into that three-dimensional space to learn about and celebrate that history. This is needed for American literary history –– a communal space to celebrate our rich legacy of prose and poetry. And maybe I'm biased, but I think Chicago, home of Bellow, Brooks and Terkel, is the perfect place for such a museum.
Dave Eggers, American writer, editor, and publisher