Sponsored by Lewis and Janet Klein
The exhibition and educational programs have been funded in part a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
In 2007, James A. Michener, America’s beloved writer and Doylestown, Pennsylvania’s most famous son, would have turned 100 years old. In recognition of this milestone, the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown celebrated its namesake with this special exhibition. The exhibition was curated by Stephen J. May, author of the recent biography Michener: A Writer’s Journeyand Erika-Jaeger-Smith, curator of exhibitions at the Michener Art Museum.
Michener (February 3, 1907 – October 16, 1997) was a complex and gifted man who, in a sense, led many different lives. He is best summed up by the three words he chose for his epitaph: traveler, citizen, writer.
His renown is mostly derived from the written word, as the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of more than forty books of both fiction and non-fiction, many of them bestsellers. He also was a ‘man of the world’—someone who spent the better part of his life educating himself about our planet through his constant travels. And he was a citizen in the best sense of the word: dedicated to having his life make a difference, through public service, philanthropy, collecting and numerous related activities.
James A. Michener: Traveler/Citizen/Writerfocused on these three key aspects of his life using photographs, objects and paintings from the collection of the Michener Art Museum, including original artwork created by Michener as well as his maps, postcards, stamp collection and material from his service with NASA.