August 2018 Events with AWM Affiliates

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Did you know that AWM Members get free admission to 12 Affiliate Homes across the country? See the full list here


  • Monte Cristo Cottage (Eugene O’Neill) – Waterford
    • Events Calendar
      • Cabaret and Performance Conference (August 1-11)
      • Free Cabaret Performance on Opening Night
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe Center– Hartford
    • Events Calendar 
      • Workshop: Unfiltered Conversation on Race
      • Salons at Lunch (Wednesdays)
        • Still Taking a Knee: Anthem Protests, Politics and Sports
        • Racism and White Supremacy, Charlottesville One-Year Anniversary with Stowe Prize Winners
        • Other Topics to be Announced
      • Author Talk & Book Signing: Free the Beaches by Andrew W. Kahrl
      • Kids Can Change the World Book Club, Roll of Thunder: Hear My Cry
  • The Mark Twain House and Museum– Hartford
  • Noah Webster House – West Hartford
    • Events Calendar
      • Colonial Child’s Adventure Camp
      • Greater Hartford Memories Scanning Session of Family Photos for Pictorial History Book
      • Year of Noah Webster Author Talk: Connecticut Vanguards by Eric D. Lehman
      • Food Truck Pop-Up Night
District of Columbia
  • Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House – Concord
    • Events Calendar 
      • “Write Stuff!” Youth Creative Writing Workshop
      • A Morning with the Alcotts Youth Program
      • “Welcome to our Home” Living History Tour
  • William Cullen Bryant Homestead – Cummington
    • Events Calendar 
      • 18th Century Children’s Garden Tour and Nature Craft
      • Meet the Caretaker: An Interactive Living History Tour
      • Exploring Bryant Woods: Friday Hiking Series
      • Homesteading Skills: Salves from the Garden
      • Goat Yoga at the Bryant House
      • 18th Century Cooking
      • Bryant Homestead at the Cummington Fair
      • Living History Performance Tour: A Fiery and Still Voice
  • Emily Dickinson Museum: The Homestead and The Evergreens– Amherst
    • Events Calendar
      • Amherst Arts Night Plus: Open Mic for poets, performers
      • Amherst Arts Night: Featured Exhibition, “Replenish the Shelves,” with Grace Grieve-Carlson
      • Emily Dickinson International Society’s Annual Meeting: Emily Dickinson: In the Company of Others (Otherness as Company)
      • “Buccaneers of Buzz” Pollinator Fair
      • Garden Volunteer Days
      • Free Fun Friday
  • Concord Museum (Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau) – Concord
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      • Emerson Circle Walk
      • Hands-on History, Summer Evening and Living History at Wright Tavern
      • At the Center of the Revolution Walk
      • “In Her Own Words: Mary Merrick Brooks and Strategies of Reform,” with Sandra Harbert Pertrulionis
      • “Ellen Garrison: Educator, Social Justice Advocate, Daughter of Concord,” with Maria Madison and Kerri Greenidge
  • The Old Manse (Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne) – Concord
    • Events Calendar 
      • Home to Two Revolutions
      • Highlights of the Old Manse
      • Landscape Walk
      • Nature Writing Workshop
      • Summer Conversation Series
      • Free Fun Friday
  • Edward Gorey House – Yarmouth Port
    • Events Calendar
      • 2018 Exhibit, “Murder He Wrote”: Edward Gorey and the Art of the Mystery
      • 10th Annual Fantastagorey (All-Free-for-All afternoon of kids’ fun at the Gorey House, a celebration of reading, books, animals, storytelling, the somewhat scary, the quite funny, and all things Gorey)
  • The House of the Seven Gables (Nathaniel Hawthorne) – Salem
    • Events Calendar 
      • Living History Lab
      • Architectural August with the Marblehead Museum
      • Salem Heritage Days (Music and Dance Performances, Food Trucks)
      • 17th Century Saturdays: August
      • Gables Fest: Celebrating 350 Years of stories and songs
      • Sea Shanties & A Colonial Sailor’s Life with Mike Welch
      • Caribbean Connections Celebration – Inauguration of Little Free Library
      • Working Horn with Chuck Walker
      • Naturalization Ceremony
  • Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site – Cambridge
    • Events Calendar 
      • Weekly Ranger-led Neighborhood Walking Tours
      • Nature + Creativity + Wellness Art Classes
      • Emily Gelineau Sunday Concert
      • Longy’s El Sistema Sunday Academy Concert
      • Poetry Reading: “Reaching Across Poems and Translations”
      • Founder’s Day Movie Night: National Park Service 102nd Birthday Celebration
      • Longfellow 175th Anniversary Concert
  • Herman Melville’s Arrowhead – Pittsfield
    • Events Calendar
      • “Sailing Towards My Father” – A dramatic poem about Herman Melville written and staged by Carl A. Rossi with Actor Stephen Collins
      • Annual Celebration of Monument Mountain Literary Hike: In Melville’s and Hawthorne’s Footsteps (August 1850) led by Gordon Hyatt; champagne toast and Reading of  Poem “Monument Mountain,” by William Cullen Bryant
  • Thoreau Farm – Concord
  • The Mount (Edith Wharton) – Lenox
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      • August Recurring Events: Backstairs and Ghost Tours; Weekly Birding; Yoga; Le Cafe Francais; Music After Hours; Wednesday Shorts Readings
      • Performances of “Love’s Labor’s Lost,” by William Shakespeare,  Directed by Kelly Galvin (July 10-August 18)
      • Books and Blooms for Children and Families: Storytime and Crafts
      • Walkin” in WordXWord in partnership with Jacob’s Pillow and Lift Ev’ry Voice
      • Sculpture Now – Artist’s Tour
      • 2018 Summer Lecture Series
        • The Written Word by Martin Pulcher
        • “Oscar Wilde: The Inspiration for the Decoration of Houses,” with Richard Guy Wilson
        • A Tokyo Romance by Ian Buruma
        • Book Launch, The Drama Teacher! by Koren Zailckas (2016 Edith Wharton Writer in Residence) in discussion with Fellow EWWIR, Claire McMillan
        • An Evening of Modern Loss Storytelling with Rebecca Soffer
        • Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson by Gordon Wood
        • “Fact vs. Fiction” with Martha Hall Kelly
        • “Proust’s Duchess: How Three Celebrated Women Captured the Imagination of Fin-de-Siècle Paris” with Caroline Weber
        • Sargent’s Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas, by Donna Lucey
  • Whittier Birthplace – Haverhill
New Hampshire
New York
North Carolina
  • Paul Laurence Dunbar House – Dayton
    • Events Calendar
      • Exhibit: Botany at Central High School, 1897 Botany Notebooks of Paul Laurence Dunbar and Orville Wright
      • Dunbar Literary Circle (2nd Sunday of each month)
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe House – Cincinnati
    • Events Calendar
      • Visiting Uncle Tom’s Cabin: Civil War Writing By Those Who Lived It – “Dressing the Wounds” with Professor John Getz
      • 150 Years of Freedom Fighters with Dr. David Fankhauser, Former Freedom Fighter  
      • Semi Colon Club: Discussion of Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad by Eric Foner
  • Thurber House – Columbus
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      • Summer Literary Picnics
        • Comic Shop: The Retail Mavericks Who Gave Us a New Geek Culture, Dan Guarino
        • An Evening in Appalachia: Maggie Boylan by Michael Henson and Serving, by Kari Gunter-Seymour
      • A Night of Mystery with Andrew Welsh-Huggins, author of The Third Brother
  • Will Rogers Memorial Museum – Claremore
    • Events Calendar 
      • Will Rogers/Wiley Post Fly-In (Family activities, Classic Cars, Food Trucks)
      • Family Day at the Birthplace Ranch: Making a Corn Husk Doll
      • Free Movie Night in celebration of 100th Anniversary of Will Rogers’ First Movie
  • Sequoyah’s Cabin – Sallisaw
    • Events Calendar
      • Exhibit, “The Letters of John Ross”
      • 66th Annual Cherokee National Holiday Festival (Free admission to all Museums)
  • Woody Guthrie Center – Tulsa
    • Events Calendar
      • Chris Lee Becker Album Release Show
      • Annie Oakley Debut Album Release Show, “Words We Mean”
      • “Tarantula” on Film: In connection with Exhibit -Tarantula(s) Bob Dylan’s Novel Revisited
      • John Mellencamp to Receive Woody Guthrie Prize and Opening of Special Exhibit, MELLENCAMP
  • Pearl S. Buck House – Perkasie
    • Events Calendar
      • Memoir Writing with Linda Wisniewski
      • Reading of Screenplay, “Driving with Your Eyes Closed,” by actress/writer Molly Powers Gallagher performed by cast of NYC professional actors
      • Volunteer Orientation
      • Book Discussion Group, What America Means to Me, Facilitator, Cindy Louden
  • The John Updike Childhood Home – Shillington
    • Events Calendar
      • Grand Opening on first week of October 2020 to coincide with the 6th Biennial John Updike Society Conference at Alvernia University
      • Tours of House available by request ( or walking up to the single-story annex of the house and asking for Dave Ruoff
South Carolina
  • Pat Conroy Literary Center – Beaufort
    • Events Calendar 
      • An Evening with Beth Ann Fennelly, Discussion of her Writing Life and Book, Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs
      • “I Was Born to Be in a Library:” Pat Conroy’s Love of Libraries, Lecture by Jonathan Haupt in St. George
  • Poe Museum – Richmond
    • Events Calendar
      • Summer Sunday Readings of Poe’s Works in the Shrine
        • “The Sphinx”
        • “The Cask of Amontillado”
        • “Berenice
        • “The Imp of the Perverse”
        • “The Hop-Frog
      • August Unhappy Hour (live music, light refreshments, Poe-themed fun for the  whole family)
West Virginia