One hundred years ago in June 1917, Oak Park’s most famous native son, Ernest Hemingway, graduated from 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 is featuring pivotal moments from Hemingway’s life each Wednesday, courtesy of the foundation. 

“Early in 1918 when Red Cross officials came to Kansas City, Ernest and Brumback quickly signed up to serve as ambulance drivers in Italy. Despite his bad left eye, his dream of getting involved with the war was realized.”  

Nancy Sindelar, “Influencing Hemingway,” Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, 2014, page 25.

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