With funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Sheridan College created a series of public programs centering on Ernest Hemingway that celebrated the author’s heritage in Wyoming, and Sheridan, specifically, and inspired communities across the state to have conversations around arts, writing, and the humanities. In addition to deepening connections between the college and the local community, partners in the project created a tourism app that showcases local heritage. An international conference, scheduled for Summer 2022, will round out the program.
Sheridan College brought together partners and funders, including the Ucross Foundation and Wyoming Humanities, the state partner of the NEH, to support the project’s overall goals. Discussions and exhibitions provided opportunities for communities to come together and learn more about Hemingway’s history in Wyoming. A vital part of the program was a residency program in partnership with Ucross Foundation that allowed PEN/Hemingway Award winners to spend time in Sheridan, presenting their work and meeting with members of the community and students at Sheridan College. One of Sheridan College’s goals is to serve non-traditional students, and this project succeeded in hosting events that drew in audiences from a range of ages and backgrounds.
Another long-lasting part of the overall project is the “Hemingway Highways Tours,” an app that features sites in Wyoming where Hemingway lived and worked. The app offers a guided audio tour that people can pull up on their phones and listen to as they drive throughout the state. The grand finale to the Hemingway Highway project is the international Hemingway Conference, which has been postponed for two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic and is now scheduled to be held in Summer 2022. In addition to appealing to scholars, the conference will include public events that are open to community members.