PIGGOTT – The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center (HPMEC) in Piggott will host Papa’s Upland Bird Hunt at Liberty Hill Outfitters in Rector, Saturday, Feb. 17. The hunt celebrates author Ernest Hemingway’s hunting legacy in Northeast Arkansas with proceeds to benefit the museum.
The hunt begins at 8:30 a.m. for a half-day of continental-style bird hunting. Lunch will follow and free tours of the museum are offered to those interested. Stations for two hunters are available for $1,000 and spots are limited. Reservations can be made by contacting the museum at 870-598-3487 or HPMEC director Dr. Adam Long at adamlong@AState.edu.
Hemingway, a 1953 Pulitzer and 1954 Nobel prize winner, was a regular visitor of his in-laws, the Pfieffer family of Piggott, where he wrote portions of one of his most famous novels, “A Farewell to Arms” and several short stories.
One of his favorite pastimes during his visits was quail hunting on Crowley’s Ridge. Also, during December 1932, Hemingway invited his editor Maxwell Perkins to join him for a week of duck hunting in the Delta. The museum recently re-created these experiences with John Hemingway (Hemingway’s grandson) and Jenny Phillips (Perkin’s granddaughter).
HPMEC is an Arkansas State University Heritage Site located at 1021 W. Cherry Street, in Piggott. Tours are on the hour Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday 1-3 p.m.
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Featured Photo: John Hemingway, grandson of author Ernest Hemingway, hunts quail at Liberty Hill.
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