For over 30 years The Michigan Hemingway Society has promoted interest in Hemingway's literary and personal connections to northern Michigan. At its annual conference and through statewide partnerships and presentations, the MHS has raised awareness and appreciation of these connections.
To assist people seeking to discover Hemingway's Michigan, the MHS proposed a self guided tour to be supported by permanent markers at significant locations, a print publication, and a website where additional information could be found.
The tour was inaugurated in June 2012 to coincide with the International Hemingway Society's conference at Petoskey - Bay View. Many tour locations in Petoskey can easily be walked. Other sites are several miles from Petoskey and are clustered around places he knew well such as Walloon Lake and Horton Bay.
In taking the tour, individuals may gain further historic and contemporary insights into this place that was Hemingway's northern home and the writing it inspired.