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  • V I S I T O R E X P E R I E N C E

  • CHRIS ABANI EDWARD ABBEY ABIGAIL ADAMS HENRY ADAMS JOHN ADAMS LÉONIE ADAMS JANE ADDAMS RENATA ADLER JAMES AGEE CONRAD AIKEN

    DANIEL ALARCÓN EDWARD ALBEE LOUISA MAY ALCOTT SHERMAN ALEXIE HORATIO ALGER JR. NELSON ALGREN ISABEL ALLENDE DOROTHY ALLISON JULIA

    ALVAREZ A .R. AMMONS RUDOLFO ANAYA SHERWOOD ANDERSON MAYA ANGELOU JOHN ASHBERY ISAAC ASIMOV JOHN JAMES AUDUBON JOSEPH AUSLANDER

    PAUL AUSTER MARY AUSTIN JAMES BALDWIN TONI CADE BAMBARA AMIRI BARAKA ANDREA BARRETT JOHN BARTH DONALD BARTHELME WILLIAM BARTRAM

    KATHARINE LEE BATES L . FRANK BAUM ANN BEATTIE HARRIET BEECHER STOWE SAUL BELLOW AMBROSE BIERCE ELIZABETH BISHOP HAROLD BLOOM JUDY

    BLUME LOUISE BOGAN JANE BOWLES PAUL BOWLES T. C . BOYLE RAY BRADBURY WILLIAM BRADFORD ANNE BRADSTREET NORMAN BRIDWELL JOSEPH

    BRODSKY LOUIS BROMFIELD GERALDINE BROOKS GWENDOLYN BROOKS CHARLES BROCKDEN BROWN DEE BROWN MARGARET WISE BROWN STERLING A.

    BROWN WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT PEARL S. BUCK EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS OCTAVIA BUTLER ROBERT OLEN BUTLER TRUMAN

    CAPOTE ERIC CARLE RACHEL CARSON RAYMOND CARVER JOHN CASEY ANA CASTILLO WILLA CATHER MICHAEL CHABON RAYMOND CHANDLER JOHN

    CHEEVER MARY CHESNUT CHARLES W. CHESNUTT KATE CHOPIN SANDRA CISNEROS BEVERLY CLEARY BILLY COLLINS INA COOLBRITH JAMES FENIMORE

    COOPER HART CRANE STEPHEN CRANE ROBERT CREELEY VÍCTOR HERNÁNDEZ CRUZ COUNTEE CULLEN E.E. CUMMINGS MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM RICHARD

    HENRY DANA JR. EDWIDGE DANTICAT REBECCA HARDING DAVIS HAROLD L. DAVIS SAMUEL R. DELANY DON DELILLO TOMIE DEPAOLA PETE DEXTER JUNOT

    DÍAZ PHILIP K . DICK JAMES DICKEY EMILY DICKINSON JOAN DIDION ANNIE DILLARD W.S. DI PIERO E.L . DOCTOROW IVAN DOIG H.D. (HILDA DOOLITTLE)

    JOHN DOS PASSOS FREDERICK DOUGLASS THEODORE DREISER ALLEN DRURY W.E.B. DUBOIS ANDRE DUBUS II PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR STEPHEN DUNN

    RICHARD EBERHART JONATHAN EDWARDS JENNIFER EGAN LOREN EISELEY T.S . ELIOT RALPH ELLISON RALPH WALDO EMERSON LOUISE ERDRICH MARTIN

    ESPADA JEFFREY EUGENIDES JAMES T. FARRELL WILLIAM FAULKNER EDNA FERBER F. SCOTT FITZGERALD ROBERT FITZGERALD LOUISE FITZHUGH MARTIN

    FLAVIN JOHN GOULD FLETCHER HORTON FOOTE JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER ESTHER FORBES RICHARD FORD BENJAMIN FRANKLIN JONATHAN FRANZEN

    CHARLES FRAZIER IAN FRAZIER BETTY FRIEDAN ROBERT FROST WILLIAM GADDIS ERNEST J. GAINES RUTH STILES GANNETT CRISTINA GARCIA WILLIAM

    GASS THEODORE SEUSS GEISEL ELLEN GILCHRIST CHARLOTTE PERKINS GILMAN ALLEN GINSBERG ELLEN GLASGOW SUSAN GLASPELL JULIA GLASS LOUISE

    GLÜCK WILIAM GOLDMAN PAUL GOODMAN JAIMY GORDON ULYSSES S . GRANT SHIRLEY ANN GRAU ZANE GREY JOHN GRISHAM DAVID GUTERSON

    A .B. GUTHRIE JR. JESSICA HAGEDORN ALEX HALEY DONALD HALL ALEXANDER HAMILTON DASHIELL HAMMETT LORRAINE HANSBERRY PAUL HARDING

    MICHAEL S. HARPER BRET HARTE NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE ROBERT HAYDEN SHIRLEY HAZZARD LAFCADIO HEARN ANTHONY HECHT LARRY HEINEMANN

    JOSEPH HELLER LILLIAN HELLMAN ERNEST HEMINGWAY ALEKSANDAR HEMON PATRICK HENRY JOHN HERSEY JUAN FELIPE HERRERA OSCAR HIJUELOS

    ROBERT HILLYER CHESTER HIMES EDWARD HIRSCH DANIEL HOFFMAN OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES KHALED HOSSEINI RICHARD HOWARD FANNY HOWE IRVING

    HOWE JULIA WARD HOWE WILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS LANGSTON HUGHES ZORA NEALE HURSTON JOHN IRVING WASHINGTON IRVING SHIRLEY JACKSON

    HARRIET JACOBS JOSEPHINE JACOBSEN HENRY JAMES WILLIAM JAMES RANDALL JARRELL THOMAS JEFFERSON GISH JEN SARAH ORNE JEWETT HA JIN

    ADAM JOHNSON CHARLES JOHNSON CROCKETT JOHNSON DENIS JOHNSON JAMES WELDON JOHNSON JOSEPHINE WINSLOW JOHNSON EDWARD P. JONES

    JAMES JONES ERICA JONG NORTON JUSTER DONALD JUSTICE MACKINLAY KANTOR ALFRED KAZIN EZRA JACK KEATS WILLIAM KENNEDY JACK KEROUAC

    KEN KESEY FRANCES PARKINSON KEYES TRACY KIDDER MARTIN LUTHER KING JR . STEPHEN KING BARBARA KINGSOLVER MAXINE HONG KINGSTON

    JAMAICA KINCAID GALWAY KINNELL CAROLYN KIZER JOHN KNOWLES YUSEF KOMUNYAK AA E .L . KONIGSBURG JERZY KÓSINSKI ALEX KOTLOWITZ

    Our Mission The mission of the American Writers Museum is to engage the public in celebrating American writers and exploring their influence on our history, our identity, our culture, and our daily lives.

  • There’s a story that needs to be told: the story of the extraordinary men and women who have created the written works that have shaped our society since its inception and have both inspired and entertained us.

    Welcome to the American Writers Museum, the first and only museum of its kind in the United States. Opening in Chicago in early 2017, this vibrant, interactive museum will celebrate the lives and works of America’s great writers, and their influence on our history and our culture.

    • Permanent exhibits will feature your favorite works and tell the story of your favorite writers, whether they wrote non-fiction or fiction, plays or poetry.

    • Special galleries will showcase exhibits and artifacts on loan from our nation’s historic writers’ homes, joining with our museum to tell the behind-the-scenes stories of our great writers.

    • Diverse educational programs and special events will promote literacy and foster a love of reading and writing.

    In the pages that follow, you can explore the concept design for the museum.

    We invite you to join in the celebration.

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    CHAPTER 1. Loomings.

    CALL ME ISHMAEL. Some years ago—never mind how long precisely—having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen and regulating the circulation. Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off—then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can. This is my substitute for pistol and ball. With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship. There is nothing surprising in this. If they but knew it, almost all men in their degree, some time or other, cherish very nearly the same feelings towards the ocean with me.

  • Table of Contents

    Visitor Experience

    4 Where Will it Be? 6 Writers Hall 7 Writing Across America 8 American Identity 9 Surprise Bookshelf 10 Word Waterfall 11 Readers Hall 12 The Mind of a Writer 13 A Writer’s Room 14 Featured Works 15 Word Play 16 Chicago: A City of Writers 17 Children’s Gallery 18 Changing Exhibits Gallery 20 Advocates 22 Curating Team 23 National Advisory Council 24 Affiliated Author Home Museums

    Business Plan

    28 Exhibit Floor Plan 29 Attendance Projections 30 Leadership 32 Partners 33 Financials 36 Fundraising Plan 37 Your Opportunity 38 Naming Opportunities 40 Project Strengths

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    Northerly Island Park

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    Womens Park & Gardens

    Ping Tom Memorial Park

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