Beyond the Birthplace Museum: Exploring Hemingway's Legacy in Oak Park

For a more immersive experience into Ernest Hemingway’s early life in Oak Park, there are several options for you to explore.After a tour of Ernest Hemingway’s Birthplace Museum, there are other venues offering a glimpse into the man’s first 20 years in the area.

Oak Park River Forest High School was where Hemingway was a member of the football team, orchestra, yearbook staff and student newspaper among many other activities.It is also the place where he had the last of his formal education.

After the birthplace, Hemingway and his parents moved into a Prairie Style home that his mother helped design.While still a private residence, it occasionally is included in the Wright Plus Architectural Housewalk arranged by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust.

The Oak Park River Forest Museum currently has a World War I exhibit.This was the war during which Hemingway suffered the first of several serious injuries in his life.This is also where the iconic photo of Hemingway used on the postage stamp can be found.

The Oak Park Public Library includes four amazing Hemingway collections.The High School Essay Collection, Rare Book Collection, Ephemera Collection and The Library Correspondence Collection are all found here.

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