WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Surprisingly, a museum to honor American writers doesn't exist, but a group of Washington, D.C., literature lovers has banded together to change that. At the helm of the movement to establish a museum that celebrates our nation's literary heritage is Malcolm O'Hagan a former association executive. O'Hagan intends to establish The American Writers Museum,™ crediting his inspiration to the Dublin Writers Museum in Dublin, Ireland.
"I have long wondered how the United States, which has museums devoted to everything from spies to buttons to rock n' roll and baseball, could be missing a museum that celebrates American writers," explains O'Hagan. "Although there are museums devoted to individual writers - often in the birthplace of the writer, there is no one institution that honors the impact American writers have had on American history and culture."
In a remarkably short time, O'Hagan, who earned a reputation for leadership and tenacity during his 14 years at the helm of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, has garnered the support of a high-profile planning committee; gained pro bono legal services and a K Street, Washington, D.C. office from Mayer Brown LLP, a leading global law firm; launched a Web site, and earned the support of the nation's leading literary and cultural institutions. As a show of support, the Smithsonian Institution provided a day-long think tank session on founding a museum just for O'Hagan and his team.
O'Hagan, who has the look and demeanor of a modern day Mark Twain, has been traversing the country to learn about museum-founding, and earning support all along the way. The American Writers Museum's Advisory Council reads like a who's who in poetry and literature today. An interview with O'Hagan is airing on C-Span's Book TV.
What the museum needs now is a major funder, and until the right funder is found, O'Hagan is holding off on decisions about where The American Writers Museum™ will be located. Although there are mayors who have dangled the keys to their city for the museum site, O'Hagan wants the funders to have a say in that decision. "This is an extraordinary opportunity for the right philanthropist or foundation to shape a major new institution," O'Hagan said.
More information and a chance to provide suggestions for the museum planners are available at www.americanwritersmuseum.org. The first newsletter distributed by The American Writers Museum Foundation may be viewed here: http://www.americanwritersmuseum.org/newsletter.htm.