The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park has received two awards from the Illinois Association of Museums recognizing the Foundation’s achievements in a quarter-century of educational and cultural programming in the community.
The IAM awarded the Foundation its Silver Anniversary Award, in recognition of the Foundation’s 25th Anniversary year. The EHFOP was founded in 1983 by retired Oak Park River Forest High School teacher Morris Buske and his wife Dorothy, in order to put Ernest Hemingway back on the local map and have his hometown recognized as an assuredly esteemed Hemingway destination.
“The work your institution does to educate the public about the life and genius of Ernest Hemingway is a significant contribution to the intellectual and cultural history of our State and our nation,” IAM Awards Chair Beth Carvey wrote to the Foundation in announcing the award.
The EFHOP’s twice yearly newsletter, the Hemingway Despatch, was given the IAM’s Award of Merit and praised for its “readable, attractive and informative articles.” The Despatch, edited by Maryanne Rusinak of River Forest, was first published in 1984 and includes articles from Hemingway scholars on topics of discussion in their fields, as well as information about the Foundation’s activities.
“We are gratified by the recognition from Illinois Association of Museums in granting the Foundation this award,” said EHFOP Chairman Allan Baldwin. “It is particularly rewarding since the Despatch and the award accurately reflect our mission of fostering understanding of the life and work of Ernest Hemingway. It should be noted that this publication, as most of the Foundations work is done by volunteers whose dedication to the mission fuels the organization.”
The awards will be presented at an IAM luncheon September 26 at the Diplomat Banquet Hall in Elmhurst.
The Foundation’s anniversary year celebration kicked off in July with the annual Hemingway Birthday Lecture, and events continue with the fall Wine Auction, held Oct. 26 at Pleasant Home.