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WE’RE ALMOST THERE!

The ISHS’s Illinois bicentennial year project to place a framed,  30"...

WE’RE ALMOST THERE!

WE’RE ALMOST THERE!

The ISHS’s Illinois bicentennial year project to place a framed,  30" x 40" portrait of Abraham Lincoln in all 102 county courthouses is almost finished.
State mineral helped end World War II

State mineral helped end World War...

The Aluminum Ore Company of Rosiclare is shown in the early 1940s.

State mineral helped end World War II

State mineral helped end World War II

The Aluminum Ore Company of Rosiclare is shown in the early 1940s.
The Bates Motel: A case study in the importance of the ordinary

The Bates Motel: A case study in...

Motels offered security and comfort in a domestic style familiar to...

The Bates Motel: A case study in the importance of the ordinary

The Bates Motel: A case study in the importance of the ordinary

Motels offered security and comfort in a domestic style familiar to post-war auto travelers.

 

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10/19/1858

An ISHS historical marker in Brown County, just west of Ripley and 6 miles east of Mt. Sterling, honors the speech given here by Abraham Lincoln during his senate campaign against Stephen Douglas.

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Hemingway Foundation Gala Benefit-The Roaring 20s

  • 4 February 2018
  • Author: Elaine Evans
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Event date: 5/19/2018 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Export event

The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park is pleased to announce its annual Hemingway Benefit, “The Roaring 20s Party,” on Saturday, May 19, 2018, from 7 - 10 p.m. at the Oak Park Public Library. In 1918, Ernest Hemingway volunteered for World War I, serving in the American Red Cross in Italy. Wounded during the war, upon recuperating, he returned to Oak Park to begin a new chapter in his life. Soon after the end of WWI, Ernest celebrated his twentieth birthday. Upon this milestone, he began his journey, as we do tonight, into the Roaring 20s.

The Foundation considers it an honor to preserve the legacy of Oak Park’s native son through support of his birthplace home museum, which is visited by thousands of people each year.

Our benefit is a testament to our mission statement because it supports the development and mentoring of young writers through the EHFOP Scholarship Fund and essay contest. This college scholarship is awarded to an incoming senior at Oak Park River Forest High School and will include a mentorship with Cameron Gearen, our 2017-2019 Writer-in-Residence. We will introduce this year’s scholarship recipient at the benefit event, as well as the finalists of our third annual publication of “Hemingway Shorts”- a collection of short stories submitted by previously unpublished writers.

The evening will feature performances by OPRFHS students, local food, cocktails by Papa’s Pilar, wine, beer, live jazz and a silent auction. 

Please note that the net event proceeds benefit the Foundation’s mission programs including our Hemingway Foundation Scholarship Fund.

Registration:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-hemingway-foundation-benefit-tickets-42605924467?ref=ebtn

Location:
Oak Park Public Library 
834 Lake Street
Oak Park, IL 60301 (Map
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