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 2023 Fall Conference


Dear Friends,

The Covid years were difficult, but our Michigan Hemingway Society membership have been facing obstacles and disappointments of even more difficult types. After being let down by two different venues, we find ourselves unable to organize a full conference this late in the year. 

We will, however, be having a board and membership meeting on the afternoon of October 14, at the City Park Grill in Petoskey.

Please consider attending, especially if you might be interested in serving on the Board or a planning committee. We have several slots and offices to be filled. Paying your dues will ensure that you are included in all notifications and invitations.

We have faced some very grievous losses in the past year. We were shocked and saddened by the sudden death of board member George Beswick on March 13. Another board member, Charlie Knapp, passed away on May 13. We also had to say goodbye to two longtime and very active members: Jim Byrne on April 3 and Bill Nicholson on July 8. More about these beloved members will be published in our newsletter.

The post-pandemic travel surge has drastically affected prices and availability of lodging in the Petoskey area. October used to be a slow month for tourism in Northern Michigan, but now it is as busy as July. Because of the previously mentioned cancellation by two hotels, we do not have a block of rooms with discount or guaranteed availability for attendees. Each of us attending the October meeting will have to find our own accommodations, but there are rooms available around the city. We hope we will have a good attendance at this limited mini-conference. If we have enough participants, we may be able to have a program or group tour during the weekend. 

We all regret these unhappy obstacles to our usual fall gathering, and a principal item of business at the October 14 meeting will be to establish a different time of year to hold a full conference. Please participate if you can and thank you for your understanding. Send any comments and RSVP by September 30, 2023 to news@michiganhemingwaysociety.org to let us know if you will be attending.

                                                   Best regards,
                                                   Chris Struble,
                                                   President, The Michigan Hemingway Society
                                                   and the MHS Board of Directors


MHS 2022 Fall Conference was
A Complete Success

"Hemingway and the Odawa Indians"

The Terrace Inn, Petoskey, Michigan

October 7-9, 2022


  • Keynote speaker: Frank Ettawageshik, President of the Association on American Indian Affairs
  • Eric Hemenway, Director of Repatriations, Archives and Records, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, will be speaking at Greensky Hill Indian United Methodist Church on Saturday afternoon.
  • Don Daiker, Hemingway scholar and professor of English emeritus from Miami University in Ohio, will present a reading and discussion of his new work, “Nick Adams and His ‘Indian Girl.’”
  • Cristen Hemingway Jaynes, Hemingway’s great-granddaughter, will be signing her book, Ernest’s Way.
  • Michael Kim Roos, just back from the international conference in Wyoming, will be performing Hemingway-themed songs
  • Ghost Supper is planned for Saturday evening
  • Sunday afternoon visits to 
  • St. Francis Solanus Indian Mission Church, which is the oldest building in northern lower Michigan, and 
  • The Little Traverse History Museum, which houses Odawa art and artifacts and Hemingway items of note