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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.
Books contain keystones. They speak through their words, their covers, their pages, and their history. The American Writers Museum will enshrine these objects and their gloriously individual creators. It will be a National Gallery of the mind; a meeting place of the American spirit; and an ongoing carnival of our capacious verbal heritage. As a lifelong reader and collector of American books, I look forward to the realization of this much-needed enterprise.
Robert Jackson, Collector and Scholar