Literary Landmark

Literary Landmark: Beauregard-Keyes House

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The Beauregard-Keyes House at 1113 Chartres St. was dedicated a Literary Landmark in honor of Frances Parkinson Keyes. The author made the house her winter residence from 1945 until her death in 1970 at the age of 85. Of her 51 books, The Chess Players and Madame Castel's Lodger are set at the house and tell of itsconstruction and early habitation. It was at the house that she wrote Dinner at Antoine's, her best known work. While she lived at the house, she undertook restoration of the property and eventually secured its transfer to a foundation. The house was the residence of Confederate General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard from 1866-1868, while he was the president of the New Orleans, Jackson and Great Northern Railroad.

Literary Landmark: Hackley Public Library

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The Hackley Public Library in Muskegon, Mich., was dedicated a Literary Landmark in honor of children's book author and storyteller Verna Aardema Vugteveen (1911-2000). Vugteveen (1911-2000) was an award-winning children’s author who based her stories on traditional folk tales from Africa, Latin America and other countries. Hackley Public Library and its librarians provided the setting and support for her research. Vugteveen is the author of Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears, which won the Caldecott Medal in 1976, as well as more than 30 children’s books and collections of stories.

Literary Landmark: Room 222, Strater Hotel

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Room 222 of the Strater Hotel was dedicated a Literary Landmark in honor of Western author Louis L'Amour (1908-1988). In addition to many other visits, for more than 10 years L'Amour, and often his family, spent the month of August in the hotel. He worked in a room directly above the Diamond Belle Saloon, where he said thesounds inspired him to write. A former bellman at the hotel, Rod Barker, recalls that L'Amour traveled with a trunk full of books that required two bellman to lift and carry up a flight of stairs to room 222.

Literary Landmark: Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library

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The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library was dedicated a Literary Landmark in honor of Harvey Pekar (1939-2010). Pekar spent countless days at Heights Libraries, working on stories that celebrated his hometown and the common man. Pekar's efforts raised the comic book to a recognized genre.

Charles M. Schulz Museum & Research Center

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The Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center’s mission is to preserve, display, and interpret the art of Charles M. Schulz. The museum opened in August 2002 and was founded as a 501c3 non-profit by Charles Schulz’s family and friends. Planning began in the mid-1990s and Charles Schulz was involved with some of the early decision making about the building’s design and vision before his death in February 2000. Much of our collection came from the studio and home of Charles Schulz. His widow, Jean Schulz, is the museum’s board president and is very involved in many aspects of the museum. The majority of our collection acquisitions continue to come from Jean Schulz, as well as friends and colleagues of Charles Schulz and fans from around the world.

Literary Landmark: Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building

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The Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building, the headquarters of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, was used by several noted Texas authors, including James Michener, Walter Prescott Web, and Jack "Jaxon" Jackson, for research and inspiration. The library and archives opened in 1961 to house and protect Texas' historical treasures and to support and improve library services in the state.

Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust Research Center

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Located in Oak Park, on the lower level of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust Research Center is comprised of over 1,100 reference collection items and 400 circulating collection items and is served by two library staff members.

The main focus of the collections in the Museum and the Research Center is the architectural and design legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright, and the context surrounding his work in the Chicago area. Materials range from subjects such as the social history of the turn of the century, early modernism, Japanese decorative art, Chicago architecture, architectural elements, and furniture. Other items include videos and DVDs containing internally produced speeches and training lectures, audio oral histories of the Wright family, and between 1,100 and 1,200 historical images.

Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum designated a Literary Landmark by ALTAFF

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The Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum in Key West, Fla., was designated a Literary Landmark on March 14 by the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

The dedication of the Literary Landmark was the finale of “One Island One Book,” a program created by the Monroe County Library’s Key West Branch. The program focused on To Have and Have Not, the novel Hemingway wrote in Key West and set on the island. It is his only novel set in the United States.

Boyhood home of Stanley Kunitz in Worcester, Mass., named a Literary Landmark

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The house at 4 Woodford St., Worcester, Mass., the boyhood home of poet Stanley Kunitz (1905-2006), was dedicated a Literary Landmark by the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), on June 19, 2010.

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