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Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' Florida homestead in the tiny community of Cross Creek has been restored and preserved as it was when the author moved there in 1928. Visitors can tour her cracker–style home and farm, where she lived for twenty-five years and wrote her Pulitzer prize-winning novel The Yearling (1938).

RCAH Center for Poetry

The RCAH Center for Poetry at Michigan State University in East Lansing opened in the fall of 2007 to encourage the reading, writing, and discussion of poetry. Its mission is to create an awareness of the place and power of poetry in our everyday lives through readings, shows, community outreach, and workshops.

The Strater Hotel

In August 2012, room 222 in the Strater Hotel was designated a literary landmark in honor of Western author Louis L’Amour (1908-1988). For more than ten years, Louis L'Amour spent the month of August writing in room 222, citing the sounds from the Diamond Bell Saloon directly below as inspiration for his writing. Founded in 1887, the Strater Hotel features authentic American Victorian antique furniture and decor. It is home to the Henry Strater Theatre, which features vaudville performances and other entertainment.

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