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Ernest Hemingway – A Part of Oak Park’s Rich History loves its community and the historical flavor that is an integral part of what makes Oak Park a truly unique place to live.

Ernest Hemingway is one such remarkable historical figure whose roots began in Oak Park. has decided to share with its’ readers a little Hemingway “FYI”.

Ernest was born on July 21st 1899, raised and educated in Oak Park, graduating from OPRF high school. Ernest decided not to go to college and at the age of 17, moved to Kansas City and began work as a writer for the Kansas City Star.

When WWI began Hemingway tried to enter the U.S. army but was rejected because of poor vision. Instead he volunteers as an ambulance driver for the Red Cross on the front line, rescues a wounded Italian soldier and was awarded the Silver Medal of Military Valor by the Italian government for his service.

After the war ended, Ernest continues work as a journalist in Canada for the Toronto Star, moves to Chicago, marries his first wife and moves to Paris. While in Paris he writes his first notable work, critically acclaimed novel,  The Sun Also Rises (1926).

In 1928 Ernest returns to the states, settling in Key West with his 2nd wife, where he completes a majority of his life’s works, such as, A Farewell to Arms and For Whom the Bell Tolls.

Ernest travels to Spain to research bullfighting and then goes on safari in Africa – both trips greatly influence his writings.

Hemingway marries and divorces two more times.

In 1952 he receives a Pulitzer Prize for his short story, The Old Man and the Sea and in 1954 he receives the Nobel Prize for literature.

Sadly, after bouts of alcoholism and depression, Hemingway takes his own life in 1961. encourages all Oak Parkers (as well as visitors to Oak Park) to explore Oak Park’s rich history.  The Hemingway Museum is a great place to delve into the life and legacy of Oak Parker, Ernest Hemingway.

Learn more about Ernest Henningway and the museum.

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