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Piggott, AR--Lauren Payne Reports

Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum And Educational Center Opens New Exhibit

July 25, 2004--Posted at 9:00 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO--Paul and Mary Pfeiffer bought this home in Piggott in 1913.

The home has since been restored to it's original appearance and is now a historical attraction.

Ruth Hawkins is working hard on the new exhibit at the museum in Piggott.

"This was really when Ernest Hemingway married their daughter Pauline Pfeiffer in 1927. This is where they came to visit the in-laws and drop the kids off,"said Hawkins. 

For the last five years, the house and the barn where Hemingway worked were the primary attractions.

Now, museum workers are introducing exhibits about the lives of Ernest Hemingway,  and his second wife Pauline Pfeiffer.

Ernest Hemingway actually spent a lot of time in Piggott.

In fact several pieces of his work acknowledge rooms in this house.

"Ernest had been quail hunting all day and came back and found out that his poor son thought all day that he was dying.  He wrote a story about it, and it was called a days wait, and it was about one of his son's being ill in one of the upstairs bedrooms here,"said Hawkins.

This new exhibit at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center provides insight to the 1930's era in Piggott through letters exchanged between the Pfeiffer's and Hemingways.

Ernest and Pauline traveled quite frequently.

One of the reasons Hemingway liked to travel was to put what he saw on paper.

"Many of his experiences in Piggott found their way, somehow or another,  into his writing,"said Hawkins.

If you missed your chance to see the exhibit today, the entire exhibit will be up through November.

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