One hundred years ago in June 1917, Oak Park’s most famous native son, Ernest Hemingway, graduated from Oak Park High School (now Oak Park and River Forest High School). To celebrate, the Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park is marking this milestone by holding its annual fundraiser on Saturday, June 17, at the Hemingway Museum, 200 N. Oak Park Ave. Leading up to the event, Wednesday Journal will feature pivotal moments from Hemingway’s life each Wednesday, courtesy of the foundation.  

“Ernest’s parents and grandparents were college educated, and the family’s plan was for both Ernest and his older sister, Marcelline, to continue their educations at Oberlin College. … However, Ernest rejected the family tradition and, after a summer at Walloon Lake, headed to Kansas City as a cub reporter for the Kansas City Star.” 

Nancy Sindelar, “Influencing Hemingway.” Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, 2014. p. 22. 

Contributed by the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park in cooperation with the Oak Park Public Library.

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