The James A. Michener Society was formed in the fall of 1998 and is composed of people who share a common interest in James Michener's life and work. The following words, excerpted from a letter by the late John Kings, James Michener's long-time friend and literary assistant, describe the purpose of the James A. Michener Society...
Preserve the intellectual legacy of James A. Michener as a writer, teacher, historian, public servant, patriot and philanthropist.
Inform devotees and members of the Society about recent publications and critiques of his writings.
Ensure that future generations have full access to all his writings.
Promote the exchange of ideas and information about his writings; and encourage fellowship among readers of his writings.
Held at locations closely associated with the life of James Michener. In the past, they have been held at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, home of the James A. Michener Library and Archives; Austin, Texas, where Michener was associated with the Writing School and lived the last years of his life; Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Michener's childhood home and the location of the Michener Art Museum; and Easton, Maryland, where Michener lived while writing Chesapeake. Society activities provide the occasion for sharing of memories and anecdotes that illuminate the Michener books and other writings in a special way.
Eventually, the Society expects to sponsor seminars, lectures and other events that will provide opportunities for fellowship among members and a forum for the discussion of James Michener's writings and the many facets of his life.
Officers for 2021-2022
President - Diana Benzing - Neola, IA
Vice-President - Jane McCarter, Leesburg, VA
Secretary - Jay Trask, Greeley, CO
Treasurer - Kay Ferrell - Broomfield, CO
Past President - Ed Gambs - Logan, IA
Susan Dillon - Austin, TX
Don Gallagher - Lititz, PA
Laurie Guthmann - Greeley, CO
Deborah Brothers - Austin, TX
Alan K. Simpson - Cody, WY
Robert Vavra - El Cajon, CA