The Pfister Hotel Announces Search for Next In-House Journalist/Storyteller

The historic Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee is helping another talented local writer develop his or her passion for writing, while enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The hotel has announced the search for its second-ever in-house storyteller, known as the Pfister Narrator. He or she will spend time in the hotel’s lobby, interviewing visitors and guests and sharing their stories through a blog on the Pfister’s Web site.

“The Pfister has displayed its dedication to the arts for many years,” says Joe Kurth, general manager of The Pfister Hotel. “The addition of the narrator program is an extension of that commitment, which also is exhibited in our expansive collection of Victorian art, as well as our celebrated artist-in-residence program.”

The person chosen for the position will be replacing current narrator, Julie Ferris. She has been blogging from the hotel since November 2010. Her stories can be found at blog.thepfisterhotel.com.

The idea of having the opportunity to share the tales and experiences of people as they wondered and wandered through Milwaukee’s historic Pfister Hotel appealed to me in many ways,” explains Ferris. “The idea of capturing in words the experiences of people breathes life into not simply the hotel, but the city as well.”

The Pfister Narrator will work a minimum of 10 hours per week over the course of a six-month period and will publish a minimum of two blog posts per week. In return he or she will receive his or her choice of a $1,000 monthly stipend, scholarship for continuing education or donation to a charity of his or her choice in his or her honor, in addition to complimentary parking and meals within the hotel’s cafeteria.

To be considered, applicants will need to submit an application form, current resume, 2-3 writing samples of recent work, a 200-word proposal, cover letter and two professional references to pfisternarratorapps@thepfisterhotel.com. Deadline for submissions is March 1, 2011. The Pfister Narrator will take his or her post May 1, 2011, and will remain the hotel’s storyteller through October 2011.

A review panel will evaluate the applications and ultimately choose the Pfister Narrator. More information and the application form can be found at ThePfisterHotel.com/Pfister-Narrator.

Not So Lonesome at the Pfister

* Note: At the Pfister, we typically do not disclose the identity of entertainers who stay at the hotel. In this case, we’ve received express permission to do so.

There are many memories I have of my dad that keep me close to him.  Lonesome Dove, the character-driven cowboy novel I read at my dad’s direction, is one of my favorites. We were in love with Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Duvall’s perfect portrayals of the lead wranglers we’d befriended.

I thought of dad Thursday night in the Lobby Bar at the Pfister where I watched the crowd wind up for the weekend. The infamous Gus McCrae (Robert Duvall) walked through. He embodied the same calm, calculating pace of his characters. I wanted to shake his hand and tell him how much he meant to me—he breathed life into a character that linked a teenage girl to her father at a time in life when daughters and fathers lose touch.

He ended up on a couch next to me and this man, who to me symbolizes so much, proceeded to discuss where to find a great steak (and to the Pfister’s credit, noted that Mason Street Grill was a top pick). I was mesmerized with this larger than life character living as a regular man—a patron waiting for his table.

More impressive was how we, the Milwaukee community, sitting in the lobby having our drinks, respected this legend. No one caused a stir. Many recognized Mr. Duvall, but most seemed to recognize him as a fellow client of the hotel, they were in good company and that was enough.

When I later told friends about the encounter, everyone had a connection to the actor. A best friend even explained the funeral of a grandfather buried with the Lonesome Dove VHS.

I am thankful for the night’s education. I learned that there is a character to the Pfister and when you join the crowd, you become a part of making that character real. It’s a classy character, one who observes but doesn’t disturb. It’s a character who knows its value and merely nods politely to its parts.

My adventures with Mr. Duvall and his group also confirmed for me that everyone has an impact. The retelling of the tale affected so many close to me that it reminded me how important we are to one another—and we often underestimate that. You can never fully realize how much meaning you have as you pass through and I am fortunate to have been there to capture it.

Pfister Narrator: The entries are in!

Wow.

We are speechless. Just…Wow!

Thank you everyone for the overwhelming response to the Pfister Narrator program. We have a binder bursting full of entries.

Seriously, we do!

Furthermore, thank you to The Writer magazine, Poets & Writers magazine and ThirdCoast Digest for spreading the word about the program and preaching the Pfister’s commitment to the arts.

A review panel is currently evaluating all the applications and we will have our Pfister Narrator selected in the next couple of weeks.

Stay tuned to the Pfister Blog to find out who will be the first Pfister Narrator.

The Pfister Narrator Program 2010-2011

Do you consider yourself the next Ernest Hemmingway, Virginia Woolf or Oscar Wilde? Or are you an aspiring reporter who wants to someday be compared to the likes of Barbara Walters, Walter Cronkite or Katie Couric? Or maybe you just love interacting with people and have a passion for writing? Here’s your opportunity to gain experience and meet new people, while enjoying one of the most beautiful buildings in the city.

The Pfister Hotel is in search of the first ever Pfister Narrator, an individual who will spend time in the hotel’s lobby, interviewing visitors and guests and sharing their stories on the Pfister’s blog. The chosen applicant will have the opportunity to open new doors, gain experience and meet new people, while enjoying one of the most beautiful buildings in the city.

“There are so many interesting people who pass through our doors each day,” says Joe Kurth, general manager of The Pfister Hotel. “We’d love to share their unique stories with the rest of Milwaukee and beyond. The Pfister Narrator will be responsible for helping us achieve that goal, while gaining valuable personal and professional skills along the way.”

The Pfister Narrator will be expected to work a minimum of 10 hours per week over the course of a six-month period and will publish a minimum of two blog posts per week. In return, the Narrator will receive his/her choice of a $1,000 monthly stipend, scholarship for continuing education or donation to a charity in his/her honor, complimentary parking and meals within the hotel’s cafeteria.

How to Apply

To be considered, applicants will need to submit an application form, current resume, 2-3 writing samples of recent work, a 200-word proposal, cover letter and two professional references. Deadline for submissions is Oct. 1, 2010.

A review panel will evaluate the applications and ultimately choose the Pfister Narrator.

Don’t miss your chance to become the first ever Pfister Narrator! Download the application form and submit it, along with the additional required materials, to info@thepfisterhotel.com by Oct. 1, 2010.