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Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum celebrates 10th anniversary with John
July 14, 2009 --
Museum and Educational Center (HPMEC) will celebrate its ten-year
anniversary with the unveiling of a new exhibit and three appearances by
John Hemingway, eldest grandson of Ernest Hemingway and Pauline Pfeiffer
scheduled Wednesday-Thursday, July 29-30. The Hemingway-Pfeiffer
Museum and Educational Center is at 1021 W. Cherry Street, Piggott, Ark.
The featured event will be a public reception on Thursday,
July 30, at 1:30-3 p.m., at the Hemingway Barn Studio, where the new
exhibit, “The Piggott Connection,” will be unveiled. The reception will
include remarks by John Hemingway and a book signing for his recently
released family memoir, “Strange Tribe."
John Hemingway’s additional appearances include a public reading and
book signing on Wednesday, July 29, at 3 p.m. at Arkansas State University-Jonesboro in the Dean B. Ellis Library’s
third floor exhibit area, and a public reading and book signing on
Thursday, July 30, at 5 p.m. at That Bookstore in Blytheville. “Strange
Tribe” is available for purchase at all events.
“The Piggott Connection,” the new 16-foot panel exhibit, provides a
timeline of Hemingway’s visits to the Pfeiffer home, featuring a monthly
log for the years 1927-1940, years during which the Hemingway
family—Ernest, Pauline and/or the Hemingway children—were in residence
at Piggott. Family photos and excerpts from Hemingway's letters tell the
story of his connections with Piggott and the Pfeiffer family.
John Hemingway will comment on his Pfeiffer heritage after the
unveiling, followed by his book signing. “Strange Tribe”
is a fascinating family memoir revealing the peculiar family dynamics
between Ernest Hemingway and his youngest son Gregory. Gregory, the
author's father, tried to live up to Ernest's "macho" reputation
throughout his life.
But as a cross-dresser and (eventually) a transsexual, Gregory struggled
with personal demons up until his death in the Women's Correctional
Facility of the Miami Dade County Jail in 2001. In this wonderfully
crafted narrative, featuring unpublished correspondence between Ernest
and Gregory, “Strange Tribe” reveals how father and son were actually
"two sides of the same coin,” sharing surprising similarities.
John Hemingway’s participation in the anniversary celebration is
especially appropriate since his father, Gregory Hemingway, was the
featured speaker at the grand opening celebration of HPMEC in July,
1999. Born in 1960, John Hemingway is the half-brother of Lorian
Hemingway, who also has visited Piggott. John Hemingway has been married
to his wife Ornella since 1984, and they have two children. After living
in Italy and Spain, the family now resides in Montreal, Canada.
The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center is an Arkansas
State University Heritage Site. Tours are given on the hour
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and Saturday,1 p.m.-3 p.m. For more
information, call HPMEC at (870) 598-3487, or contact Diana Sanders,
assistant director (firstname.lastname@example.org).