Later, Hemingway would apply these lessons in writing his observations to make people feel what he felt. Ernest learned about animals around the world from books and magazines at home in Oak Park and exhibits in Chicago’s Field Museum. At two, he drew a giraffe as a diagonal line crooked at the end--getting to the essence of his subject, as he did in his later writing.
Decades later, he described his initiation into the natural world in this passage from a 1935 article in Esquire magazine:
You can remember the miracle it seemed when you hit your first pheasant when he roared up from under your feet to top a sweet briar thicket and fell with his wings pounding.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
June 22, 2013 1 PM
An afternoon walk with Ernest
A free family nature walk takes parents and children along the banks of the Des Plaines River with naturalists from the Trailside Museum, featuring discussions of the sights and sounds that influenced his work. Following the journey, families will explore writing about their observations of nature, just as a young Hemingway did! Limited: 20 participants.
July 21, 2013
Hemingway Birthday Celebration
Enjoy an open house at the Hemingway Birthplace, followed by an evening reception and lecture by scholar Liesl Olson at the Hemingway Museum on Hemingway’s time in Chicago and his influence from various Chicago sites of learning including the Field Museum and Art Institute.
August 24, 2013 10 AM
Hemingway in the Field
A tour of the Chicago Field Museum for the general public that explores the trips Hemingway made to the museum with his parents, showing people what Hemingway saw and how he incorporated those sights into his writing. Discussion by a Field Museum docent will focus on how those collections began Hemingway’s education as a citizen of the world.