HPMEC Recognized at Delta By-Ways Banquet
The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott, was recognized for its new
"Into the Wild" exhibit at the 13th annual banquet of Arkansas Delta Byways held Friday, Feb.1.
HPMEC won the 2012 Promotional Award, for contributing to tourism in the Delta by attracting visitors from all over the country to the region. Last year, HPMEC hosted visitors from 38 states and eight foreign countries.
The "Into the Wild" exhibit focuses on the 1933-34 African safari of Ernest Hemingway and his second wife Pauline Pfeiffer. Pauline's uncle, Gus Pfeiffer, financed the trip in its entirety, and it became the subject of several of Ernest's most popular works, including Green Hills of Africa and "The Snows of Kilimanjaro." The exhibit features animal trophies like the ones gathered by Ernest and Pauline and pictures from the safari, as well as excerpts from Pauline's unpublished African journal.
Arkansas Delta Byways is the officially recognized tourism association of Arkansas' 15 Delta counties. Arkansas Delta Byways is located on the Arkansas State University campus in Jonesboro and receives administrative support through Arkansas State University's Arkansas Heritage Sites Office.
Counties that participate in the association along with Clay include Arkansas, Chicot, Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Desha, Drew, Greene, Lee, Mississippi, Monroe, Phillips, Poinsett and St. Francis.
"We would like to thank ADB for the award and also for its continuing advocacy of the cultural heritage of the Delta," Museum Director Adam Long stated.
In taking the honor the local museum edged-out the Main Street Dumas National Historic District and the Historic District Steamboat Partnership at Helena.
Others recognized were--ASU Creative Services for the Media Support Award; Whitton Farms, at Whitton, received the Hospitality Award; Jones Bar-B-Que Diner at Marianna took home the Entrepreneur Award; the Tourism Support Award was a tie between Southland Park Gaming and Racing at West Memphis and the 150th Birthday Celebration of Cross County at Wynne; the award for the top festival or event of the year went to the 80th Birthday Tribute to Johnny Cash at Dyess; the annual Bootstrap Award went to the Scarecrow Contest at Marion; the Cultural Heritage Award went to Bridging the Blues at Helena and the Tourism Person of the Year went to Cindy Smith of McGhee.
The event also received support from Phillips Community College, the Delta Cultural Center, the Helena Advertising and Promotion Commission and the Phillips County Chamber of Commerce.
HPMEC is an Arkansas State University Heritage Site. Regular museum hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays with tours on the hour. Those wanting more information on the facility may call them at 870 598-3487.