As you know, the main stop on our Cuba trip is Hemingway’s former home. Recently, US Representative, Jim McGovern, visited the home to celebrate a joint U.S.-Cuban effort to preserve and digitize the Nobel Prize-winning author’s personal effects and writings.
According to Toldeo paper, The Blade, ‘scholars from both countries have been working together for more than a decade to preserve the home and its trove of documents, everything from bar bills and bullfighting tickets to personal notes and recipes.’ In fact, just last month, thousands of digital scans of Hemingway’s Cuba papers were made available at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. The collection in Cuba includes ‘items such as the insurance for Hemingway’s 1941 Plymouth station wagon, his local firearms license and the telegram notifying him that he had won the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature.’
Like the studio/barn here at the Hemingway Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center, Hemingway wrote parts of famous works while at the Cuba home. The Hemingway House in Cuba is located in a small, modest suburb of Havana named San Francisco de Paula – approximately 9 miles from the capital city. The house was first purchased by Ernest Hemingway in 1940.
We can’t wait to immerse ourselves even further into Hemingway’s history by visiting the house. For those of you who aren’t able to join us on the trip, here is a video of the home!