October 2018 Events with AWM Affiliates

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  • The Beat Museum (Jack Kerouac) – San Francisco
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      • William Taylor, Jr. & Thomas Dorsey
      • PW Covington – Reading & Workshop
  • Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation – Carmel
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      • Robinson Jeffers Fall Festival Weekend, “Robinson Jeffers & the Sacredness of Place”
        • Special Musical Performance Tour of Tor House
        • Sunset Celebration at Tor House Gardens: Dramatic readings by Joyce Henderson and Taelen Thomas; music performed by Pauline Troia
        • Presentations on Theme by Literary Scholars at Carmel Women’s Club
        • Annual Jeffers Poetry Walk with Elliot Ruchowitz-Roberts and Simon Hunt
  • Jack London State Historic ParkGlen Ellen
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      • High Five Hike
      • Saturday Morning Fitness Hikes
      • Free Redwood Hikes
      • Fall Landscape Photography
  • John Muir National Historic Site– Martinez
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      • Creatures of the Night Campfire: Songs, Stories and Activities about nocturnal creatures
  • Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site – Danville
  • National Steinbeck Center – Salinas
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      • The NEA Big Read Events, This Boy’s Life, by Tobias Wolff (Through mid-October)
      • NEA Big Read Film Series: The 400 Blows; The Lavender Scare; Take My Eyes; This Boy’s Life
      • Postcards From Salinas: Exhibit Opening and Reception Opening Talk with Curator Alex Fabros
      • An Evening with Tobias Wolff, Carmel Women’s Club
      • Tobias Wolff at the National Steinbeck Center
      • NEA Big Read Book Club, #3, #4 & #5, Facilitated by Eric Mora
      • Being LGBTQ+ in Salinas: A Story and Resource Sharing Event
  • Monte Cristo Cottage (Eugene O’Neill) – Waterford
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe Center– Hartford
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      • Courageous Conversations Workshop
      • Salons at Stowe: Students Writing with Impact
      • Nook Farm Walking Tour
      • Film: Tobacco Burn with Writer/Director Justin Liberman
      • Spirits at Stowe Tours
  • The Mark Twain House and Museum– Hartford
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      • The Trouble Begins:” How Nook Farm Came to Be,” Caitlyn Oberndorfer
      • Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours
      • Introduction to Personal Storytelling with Terry Wolfisch Cole
      • Mark My Words: Jarrett J. Krosoczka
  • Noah Webster House – West Hartford
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      • D is for Dictionary Day
      • The Three Tenors: Poetry Read-In with David Capella, Dennis Barone, Tony Fusco, and Maria Sassi
      • Screening of the Documentary “Dawnland”, Q&A Session with Christopher Newall, Senior Advisor to the Film
      • West Hartford Hauntings: 14th Annual Cemetery Tours
District of Columbia
  • Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
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      • Community Day at the National Historic Site: Hands-on activities, games, local exhibitors, and live entertainment
      • Exploring Frederick Douglass as a 19th Century Civil Rights Activist at National Archives William G. McGowan Theater
  • The Georgia Writers Museum (Chandler, O’Connor, Walker) – Eatonton
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      • Writer’s Studio Classes, “The Power of Your Story: Find It, Own It, Use It”
      • Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre at Eatonton Cotton Warehouse
      • Flannery O’Connor Book Club: “The Enduring Chill”
  • The Wren’s Nest (Joel Chandler Harris) – Atlanta
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      • Beyond Books: “GCDD Storytelling Project, Stories & Images of People with Developmental Disabilities in Georgia with Shannon Turner & Lynsey Weatherspoon
      • NEVERMORE: The Edgar A Poe Experience (October 17-31)
      • Brer Rabbit Blues & Barbeque
  • Margaret Mitchell House – Atlanta
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      • A Hard Rain: America in the 1960’s, Our Decade of Hope, Possibility & Innocence Lost, Frye Gaillard
      • Unladylike: A Field Guide to Smashing the Patriarchy & Claiming Your Space, Cristen Conger & Caroline Ervin
      • Fall Yoga Series: A Morning of Mindfulness, Yoga and Meditation
  • Andalusia Farm (Flannery O’Connor) – Milledgeville
    • Soboroff Typewriter Exhibit (Typewriters from many literary notables)
  • Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House – Concord
  • William Cullen Bryant Homestead – Cummington
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      • Garden to Table: Seasonal Cooking from the Kitchen Garden
      • William Cullen Bryant, Poet, Editor & Conservationist
      • Living History and Performance Tour: A Fiery & Still Voice
      • Dinner in the Barn: Farm to Table Meal with Wheelhouse and The Trustees
      • Mystery Theatre with Magician Melies
      • Homestead Haunted House (Family Fun)
  • Emily Dickinson Museum: The Homestead and The Evergreens– Amherst
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      • Digging at the Dickinsons’: Findings from the 2018 Field School in Historic   Archaeology
      • “Before You Became Improbable” (Theatrical Journey through Amherst)
      • Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group
  • Concord Museum (Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau) – Concord
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      • “Open Violation of Honor: Concord, Lexington and the Ethics of the Revolutionary War, “ Craig Bruce Smith
      • Collection Spotlight on Archaeology; Hands on Archaeology
      • Member Meet-up Series: “Spiritualism and the Concord Authors” in the Old Manse attic
      • Wright Tavern History Festival
      • Autumn Night at Wright Tavern with John Holl, author of author of Drink Beer, Think Beer: Getting to the Bottom of Every Pint
      • Sleepy Hallow-een Tour Through Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
  • The Old Manse (Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne) – Concord
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      • Home to Two Revolutions
      • Landscape Walk
      • Highlights of the Old Manse
      • Creative Lives, Artistic Passion: Women of the Old Manse
      • Rooted in the Land: Outdoor Exploration of the Old Manse
      • Columbus Day Reenactors
      • Columbus Day Free Day for Middlesex County Residents
      • Fall Nature Journalism Workshop
  • Edward Gorey House – Yarmouth Port
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      • 2018 All-Ages Envelope Art Contest – Deadline Friday October 26
  • The House of the Seven Gables (Nathaniel Hawthorne) – Salem
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      • Living History Lab – October 28
      • “Deliver Us from Evil: Counter-magic in Early New England,” Emerson W. Baker
      • “Spirits of The Gables” and “Legacy of the Hanging Judge” Performances
      • 17th Century Saturdays – October
      • The Colonial Kitchen: Food without Fire
      • Wicked Wednesdays at The Gables: Great Salem Pumpkin Walk
      • Ben Wickey’s “The House of The Seven Gables,” and “The Homecoming,” Animated Shorts followed by Q&A
  • Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site – Cambridge
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      • Neighborhood Walking Tours of Historic Cambridge
      • Longfellow, Poe & the “Little Longfellow War”
      • James M. Shea Lecture: The Longfellow Fine Arts Collection
  • Herman Melville’s Arrowhead – Pittsfield
  • Thoreau Farm – Concord
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      • “Transcendentalists, Abolitionists, John Brown and Beyond: How New England Writers Made John Brown a Hero,” Richard Smith, Historian
      • What Would Henry Do?, Panel of Thoreauvian Essayists, Newbury Court, Auditorium
      • Author Discussion: From Crisis to Calm: A Practical Guide to Family Dementia Trouble, Dr. Deborah Bier
  • The Mount (Edith Wharton) – Lenox
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      • True Conversations with Heidi Pitlor and Paula McClain, “What It Means to Be a Fiction Writer Today”
      • Ghost Tours and Backstairs Tour
      • Berkshire Coaching at The Mount
      • Discussion of Slipper with author Hester Velmans and Matt Tannenbaum
      • SculptureNow Artist-Guided Tour
      • First Annual Halloween Dog Parade
      • Halloween Ghost Tour
  • Whittier Birthplace – Haverhill
  • The Willa Cather Foundation – Red Cloud
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      • Celebration of 100th Anniversary of My Ántonia
        • Discussion of Adapting the Novel for a 1995 TV movie, with screenwriter and producer Victoria Riskin, Cather scholar Dr. Charles Johanningsmeier & Willa Cather Foundation Executive Director Ashley Olson
        • Willa Cather Celebration Weekend, “Willa Cather’s Spirit Lives On,” in Jaffrey, New Hampshire
        • “Of Sound Mind and Body,” Murder Mystery Theatre in the Opera House
  • John G. Neihardt State Historical Site – Bancroft
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      • Sunday at the Museum: An afternoon with Nebraska State Poet, Twyla Hansen
New Hampshire
  • Robert Frost Farm – Derry
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      • Hyla Brook Reading Series: Marilyn Nelson, Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and Poet-in-Residence of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine Followed by Open Mike
New York
  • Washington Irving’s Sunnyside – Pocantico Hills
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      • The Great Jack O Lantern Blaze
      • Horsemen’s Hollow
      • Irving’s “Legend”
      • Home of the “Legend
      • Premiere of “The Unsilent Picture”
  • Edna St. Vincent Millay Society at Steepletop – Austerlitz
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      • “The Millay Sisters Cabaret” – Special Performance direct from Off-Broadway
      • Special Behind the Scenes Tour by appointment
  • Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site and Interpretive Center – Huntington Station
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      • Literature Compassion and Health Care Reading Series 2018 with Jack Coulehan, MD (5 Sessions): Overview: How can we best understand the experience of illness and suffering
      • Eighth Signature Series: Open Mic, Walking with Whitman: Poetry in Performance with Tom Pickert, Elaine Equi (2 separate sessions)
      • The American Poetry Festival of New York 2018
      • “Brooklyn Bridge: Path Through History,” Viewing of Ken Burn’s Documentary (Children’s Activities Available)
      • Favorite Poem Project with Legislator Susan Bertrand focusing on poems by, for and about Women
      • Halloween Family Day with Magic Mike
North Carolina
  • Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site – Flat Rock
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      • No Tours available October 1-5, due to moving-in of Sandberg Family’s Furniture
      • Happy 50th Anniversary Celebration
      • Live reading from Sandburg’s The People
      • “Reflections on the last 50 years of preserving Sandburg’s legacy,” with Poets Glennis Redmond and Kimberly Simms Gibbs
      • Music by Grammy Award-winner Dan Zanes
  • Thomas Wolfe Memorial – Asheville
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      • Thomas Wolfe 118th Birthday Celebration
        • Look Homeward Angel Riverside Cemetery Tour
        • Meet visitors from 1918. Free tours for NC residents, book sale, children’s crafts, and birthday cake
  • Paul Laurence Dunbar House – Dayton
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe House – Cincinnati
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      • “To Give It All to the Cause: The Beecher Family and the Civil War” Exhibit (through November 18)
      • Visiting Uncle Tom’s Cabin, “Haunting Harriet”
      • “Patrons & Poltroons,” An Amazing Presentation
      • Semi-Colon Club: Loves of Harriet Beecher Stowe by Philip McFarland
  • Thurber House – Columbus
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      • Evenings with Authors
        • Eileen McNamara, Pulitzer Prize Winning Reporter of The Boston Globe for coverage of Catholic Church Sex Abuse Scandal, Eunice: the Kennedy Who Changed the World
        • Becket, Anne Rice Scholar and Compiler of The Vampire Chronicles of Anne Rice: An Alphabettery. From A(kasha) to Z(enobia)
  • Will Rogers Memorial Museum – Claremore
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      • Night at the Claremore Museums with Historic Scavenger Hunt
      • Family Day at the Birthplace Ranch – Chuck Wagon Cooking Lesson
      • Halloween Night at the Museum
  • Sequoyah’s Cabin – Sallisaw
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      • The Saltworks of Sequoyah Exhibit (Through January 2019)
      • Moccasin Making Class
      • Annual Cherokee Art Market in Tulsa
      • Fall Break Make & Take (Cultural Crafts for Kids)
  • Woody Guthrie Center – Tulsa
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      • Awarding of “Changing World Prize,” (Based on Woody Guthrie’s Song, “Changing World”) to Clara Luper and the 13 youth who participated in the Oklahoma City sit-ins 60 years ago this month
      • *“No One Else Could Play That Tune: The Making & Unmaking of Bob Dylan’s 1974 Masterpiece,” by Clinton Heylin, Dylan Biographer
        • *In Concert*: Greg Jacobs, Monica Taylor & Randy Pease; *Jackie Vinson; *Vance Gilbert
  • Pearl S. Buck House – Perkasie
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      • Memoir Writing with Linda Wisniewski
      • Living the Legacy Breakfast
      • The Century of Immigration, 1820-1924: New York: A Documentary Film Episode 4, “The Power and the People” by Ric Burns
      • Book Discussion Group: Pearl’s Oriental Cookbook, Facilitated by Cindy Louden
      • Volunteer Orientation
      • Ghost Tours
  • The John Updike Childhood Home – Shillington
    • Events Calendar
      • Opening Goal – October 2020
      • Check website for special events
South Carolina
  • Pat Conroy Literary Center – Beaufort
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      • Poetry Reading with Clifford Brooks
      • “I Was Born to Be in a Library”: Pat Conroy’s Great Love of Libraries with Jonathan Haupt (Ridgeland, Kershaw, Aiken)
      • The Second Low Country Book Club Convention
      • Pat Conroy’s Reverence for Teaching, Jonathan Haupt (Hilton Head, Pawley’s Island)
      • An Evening with Natasha Boyd, Author of The Indigo Girl (Hilton Head, SC)
      • OLLI Class, Pat Conroy as Lifelong Learner, Jonathan Haupt (also Hilton Head)
      • Pat Conroy’s Great Love of Poetry, Jonathan Haupt (Pawley’s Island)
      • Our Prince of Scribes Moveable Feast (Georgetown)
      • 3rd Annual Pat Conroy Literary Fest
  • O. Henry Museum – Austin
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      • *Halloween: “Journey into the Beyond! A History of Spiritualism, “(ghost stories, divination, tarot readings and a performance by Austin Seance)
      • *Halloween adaptation by The O. Henry Players of O. Henry’s “The Head-Hunter”
  • Poe Museum – Richmond
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      • October Summer Sunday Readings
      • Fancy Me Mad! At St. John’s Church (Graveyard Tour followed by Tales from Mr. Poe Himself)
      • October Unhappy Hour (Fun for the entire Family)
      • Annual Poe’s Pumpkin Patch in the historic Enchanted Garden
West Virginia