Michigan Hemingway Society

Since 1990, focusing on the Michigan influence in Ernest Hemingway's work,
especially the Nick Adams Stories.
The society holds an annual Hemingway Weekend in Petoskey, MI
each Fall which features speakers, readings, exhibits, and tours
of northern Michigan sites where the Nobel Prize-winning author
spent his boyhood summers.

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MHS 2015 Fall Conference
October 16-18, 2015
In Downtown Petoskey, Michigan

The Michigan Hemingway Society is pleased to return to downtown Petoskey for its 2015 annual conference. Headquarters will be at Stafford’s Perry Hotel with the Saturday evening program at the Bay View Inn.

The conference opens Friday evening with registration and heavy hors d'oeuvres at the Perry, followed by readings from the Nick Adams stories and a pictorial presentation by Scott Whitcomb, Director of Pigeon River Forest. His history of the area will provide insights into what Hemingway (Nick) saw and describes.

After breakfast at the Perry on Saturday morning we will hear a reading "Remebering Hemingway - Fifty Years Later" of a discussion between Marjorie Bump and her sister, Pudge. George Colburn will then introduce his latest preview of "Young Hemingway: Finding His Muse in Northern Michigan."

Producer Colburn is about to begin choosing the quotes from the young Hemingway letters that will appear in the program, selecting the interview "bites" from the Hemingway scholars he has interviewed and writing the first draft of the script that will define the film's storyline. Editing the program will begin as soon as the project raises final monies that will take the film to completion.

Ken Marek, Prof Emeritus of Northwestern College, will offer comments on the film subtitle with a strong emphasis on the Hemingway letters and how they translate into Hemingway's fiction. He will then chair a roundtable discussion with Profs Dr Robert Trogdon of Kent University and Dr Fred Svoboda of the University of Michigan. All three are appearing as commentators in the film. The discussion will be open for comments and questions from the audience.

Two tours are being offered, both require signups at the conference(no additional cost, but space is limited.)
1. Ernie Mainland has constructed a model of 1913 Petoskey with trains showing the connection between city and railroad. The elaborate reconstruction includes scale buildings, many of which remain. The model is located in the Bear River Heritage Center on Ingalls Avenue. (15 per tour with 3 tours available)
2. Greenwood Cemetery: The tour of Greenwood includes the graves of Hemingway friends Irene Gordon, Marjorie Bump, Edwin "Dutch" Pailthorp, and Luman Ramsdell. (10-12 per group)

Lunch will be on your own. Our Conference coincides with a downtown Petoskey event -- A Moveable Feast, featuring Hemingway inspired food and drink at local establishments.

On Saturday evening Nancy Sindelar, author of Influencing Hemingway: The People and Places That Shaped His Life and Work, will be our keynote speaker discussing the ways in which Hemingway was influenced by his early experiences in Northern Michigan. This will be a ticketed presentation open to the public.

On Sunday morning we will have breakfast with audience participation, and a brief general meeting. Then on Sunday afternoon the MHS is excited to offer a short trip to the Pine Barrens, located in the Pigeon River Country. Led by Scott Whitcomb, DNR Unit Manager of the Pigeon River Country State Forest, Participants will explore one of the areas where the young Hemingway honed his woodsman skills, forming memories that echo throughout his novels and short stories. This event will also be open to the public, although space is limited.

The conference fee for MHS members is $180 and you may register online now. If you are not a member for 2015 you may join online now.

If you choose accommodations at the Perry Hotel or the Bay View Inn a limited number of rooms are available at each hotel at the rates shown below (2-day minimum stay). If you stay over on Sunday night (recommended) the Sunday night rate is $99 for your room at either hotel. Make your reservations early. Please mention you are requesting lodging for the Michigan Hemingway Society Fall Conference.

The Terrace Inn ( 231-347-2410) and Bay Inn (888-321-2500) are offering rooms in the $99- $120 range that weekend.

We hope to see you Up North in October for another informative and enjoyable weekend with friends who share a passion for Hemingway in the environment he treasured!

Ernest Hemingway, A Life in Michigan (DVD)

A limited number of these DVD's are still available. The DVD includes Michigan sites of his stories and life, interviews of scholars and family as well as many historical photos. Created by Central Michigan University, Michigan Council for the Humanities, and the Michigan Hemingway Society (a CMU/WCMU-TV/PBS production). To order, please send $25 (includes shipping and handling) to: Michigan Hemingway Society, 3903 Portage Rd, Suite C #175, South Bend, IN  46628

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