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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.
The rich fabric of America’s literary history deserves a place like The American Writers Museum. Rooted in the private, individual pleasure of reading, there is a compelling excitement in learning more about America’s writers in the shared, public experience of a museum. It will be a place to meet one’s old friends—Twain, Dickinson, Frost—and make new acquaintances. What fun that will be.
Richard Lariviere, President and CEO, The Field Museum of Natural History