Sunnyside joins list of American Writers Museum affiliates

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Thursday, 7/10/2014 4:52pm

Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, William Faulkner’s Rowan Oak, Herman Mellville’s Arrowhead, and now, Washington Irving’s Sunnyside.

Historic Hudson Valley is pleased to announce the home of beloved author Washington Irving has been added to the list of distinguished affiliates of the American Writers Museum.

The AWM was founded with the goal of establishing the first national museum dedicated to American writers and to the history of American literature. While a physical home for the museum in Chicago is still a dream, founders have established a network of authors’ homes and museums across the country to encourage brainstorming as well as the exchanging of creative ideas for programming and digital projects. To date, 36 sites are affiliates — including Sunnyside.

The organization shares Historic Hudson Valley’s interest in stoking interest in great American writers like Irving, and “engaging the public in an ongoing interest in what those writers can tell us today.” Interpreters at Sunnyside share this message with visitors regularly though school programs, ongoing site tours, and special events like From a Child’s Perspective (Thursdays during July and August) and Sunnyside: Home of the 'Legend' (in the fall).

Historic Hudson Valley looks forward to using this affiliation to share successes and find new inspiration with colleagues at similar sites across the country.

Click here to see Sunnyside’s AMW listing, as well as the other affiliates.

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