Spear-O-Wigwam to host lecture on Hemingway

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 13, 2014

Contact: Wendy Smith (307) 674-6446 ext. 2801/Email wsmith @ sheridan.edu

Spear-O-Wigwam to host lecture on Hemingway

It’s been more than 85 years since world-famous writer Ernest Hemingway wrote a version of his renowned book, “A Farewell to Arms,” at Spear-O-Wigwam in the Bighorn Mountains.

On Sunday, Aug. 17, from 1-3 p.m., Valerie Hemingway will present “The Importance of Knowing Ernest: Lessons learned while I was Hemingway’s secretary 1959-60,” at Spear-O-Wigwam.

The presentation is free and open to the public. People are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the mountain campus, said Julie Davidson, Director of Outdoor Education at the Northern Wyoming Community College District.

Five years after Ernest Hemingway’s death in 1961, Valerie Hemingway married the writer’s son Gregory. In 2005, Valerie Hemingway published a book, “Running with the Bulls,” a chronicle of her time with the Hemingways.

“This is an amazing opportunity for students and community members to learn about Ernest Hemingway, his extraordinary career and his unique history with the Bighorn Mountains,” said Trudy Munsick, NWCCD Dean of Health Sciences and Outdoor Education.

Hemingway finished a version of “A Farewell to Arms” — his first best-seller — in 1928, at Spear-O-Wigwam. The book was published in 1929.

The NWCCD is in the early stages of planning a Hemingway celebration in 2018, 90 years after Hemingway’s time at Spear-O-Wigwam.

“We are looking forward to sustaining recognition for Ernest Hemingway’s experience in northern Wyoming,” said Dr. Susan Bigelow, NWCCD Vice President for External Relations and Economic Development.

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