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by GB from Devizes
Devizes, United Kingdom
November 20, 2006
From journal Oak Park - Home-from-home for a Travelling Brit
by Wildcat Dianne
October 12, 2006
I enjoyed a quick tour of the museum on my first day in Oak Park, and I was very impressed by the displays inside. There was a display depicting his life from his birth on July 21, 1899 through his early childhood. An interesting tidbit: Hemingway got a D on a report in school because of his sloppy penmanship. The report was good, but the teacher said she couldn't read it! Then you see another display about his service as an ambulance driver in France during World War I and his many marriages and his children.
I didn't know this, but Hemingway was also a reporter on the front lines in France during World War II, and there is an interesting exhibit with samples of his reports from the front lines along with photos of him with the soldiers and other wartime reporters. There is a mannequin of Hemingway near this display, and it looks as if old "Papa" Hemingway is watching the people go by and thinking of things to write about them.
There is a short video for tour groups and anyone who is interested in seeing it along with another little theater where one can catch their breath for a moment and catch one of several movies that were based on Hemingway's novels such as The Sun Also Rises.
A surprise for me was when I was walking around, and I heard this familiar voice. It turned out to be a documentary on Hemingway in Idaho that was done by one of Idaho's local TV stations. The narrator was one of our news anchors from the NBC affiliate. The documentary was part of a display on Hemingway's twilight years in Idaho, where he committed suicide in 1961.
The Hemingway Museum is open from 10am to 5pm on Saturdays and 1pm to 5pm from Sundays to Fridays. It costs $7 (for adults) for a ticket to tour both the museum and the Birthplace. It is a place not to be missed when you are in the Chicago area.
From journal Ernest Hemingway's Oak Park