Anthony Childress works as a graduate assistant in Arkansas State University’s Heritage Studies doctoral program at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott, Arkansas.
In May, they dedicated a new Pauline Pfeiffer traveling exhibit that is housed in the upstairs of our museum. As curator of the endeavor, Anthony’s focus zeroed in on Pfeiffer’s distinguished career as a reporter and editor before her marriage to Ernest Hemingway. Pfeiffer graduated from the University of Missouri with a journalism degree and moved on to claim bylines in newspapers across the United States and eventually landed in Paris, working for Vogue magazine after a stint with Vanity Fair.
Childress, a former journalist, says Pfeiffer’s story is one of great interest and felt, given her ties to Mizzou, that it would seem the ideal place to host the exhibit. It consists of three panels. The first panel is about her high school and collegiate days and a poem she published, the second panel features examples of her reporting news and features for daily papers and Vogue, and the third panel transitions into her role as Hemingway’s editor during their 13-year marriage.