Rosemary Janes gets center off to good start

Wednesday, May 2, 2001

Traveling and other projects of interest are in the retirement plans for Rosemary Janes as she said good-bye to her job as educational coordinator at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center with a special reception Monday afternoon.

Janes has served as coordinator for the past two years, beginning in the summer of 1999 when the facility first opened.

The Piggott native has been in the education profession since graduation from Hendrix College in 1961.

"In some form or other, I've been in education the entire time," she said.

She returned to Piggott after serving as an elementary principal in North Carolina.

Janes' family were the former owner of the Pfeiffer-Janes House, which now houses the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum on West Cherry in Piggott.

The facility gains fame from the Paul Pfeiffer family. Daughter Pauline was the second wife of award-winning author Ernest Hemingway, who wrote portions of A Farewell to Arms at the barn studio on the site.

Janes said she will continue to do volunteer work at the facility as well as serving on the national Hemingway-Pfeiffer board, succeeding her mother, the late Mrs. Bea Janes.

Dr. Ruth Hawkins, Hemingway-Pfeiffer executive director, said Rosemary Janes "will be very difficult to replace." She said Janes has special qualities that have been instrumental in the facility's success.

"Getting her onboard, even for just these two years, has been a godsend," Hawkins said.

She said Janes developed the educational plan that is now in place, including the sampler weekends, quilting celebration, herbal workshops, young authors' workshops and offering two graduate credit courses through Arkansas State University's continuing education program.

Hawkins said Janes also trained the docents and developed school tours that are correlated to the particular districts' curriculum.

An AEGIS workshop for youth has also been planned for this summer.

"The big thing has been the work she has done with young people," Hawkins said. "To me that's a unique opportunity for these kids to work in this program."

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