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Studying past lives in Grayslake Cemetery

Studying past lives in Grayslake...

Raquel Harris's 5th graders used information from headstones to delve...

Studying past lives in Grayslake Cemetery

Studying past lives in Grayslake Cemetery

Raquel Harris's 5th graders used information from headstones to delve into the history of their community.
From origins in a small Robinson confectionary to mass production

From origins in a small Robinson...

Heath toffee bars satisfied WW II soldiers in the field and are still...

From origins in a small Robinson confectionary to mass production

From origins in a small Robinson confectionary to mass production

Heath toffee bars satisfied WW II soldiers in the field and are still made today, thanks to their demand.
Waiting for Johnny Appleseed Trees at the Strawbridge Shepherd House

Waiting for Johnny Appleseed Trees...

October 4th found several anxious recipients of Johnny Appleseed trees...

Waiting for Johnny Appleseed Trees at the Strawbridge Shepherd House

Waiting for Johnny Appleseed Trees at the Strawbridge Shepherd House

October 4th found several anxious recipients of Johnny Appleseed trees waiting for the delivery to arrive some two hours behind schedule.  Patient tree patrons were rewarded!

 

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2/20/1862

William Wallace "Willie" Lincoln died in the White House, likely from contracting typhoid fever.

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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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