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Hemingway's Cuban home gets US conservation funding

Hemingway's house and museum.
Hemingway’s house and museum. Image by Dainis Matisons / CC BY 2.0

Ernest Hemingway’s Cuban home – now the Museo Hemingway, a popular tourist attraction – is to get a state-of-the-art conservation facility to preserve the writer’s books, letters and photos thanks to an injection of funding from a Boston-based foundation. Finca Vigia, where Hemingway lived and worked from 1939 to 1960, is located in an outer suburb of Havana where the hot and humid tropical climate has led to a slow disintegration of the documents contained within the building.

Until now, the local authorities have lacked the funding and building materials necessary to roll out a conservation project. Thanks to a loosening of the trade embargo on Cuba spearheaded by US president Barack Obama the US Finca Vigia Foundation, which is dedicated to preserving Hemingway’s Cuban legacy, has been able to put plans in place to send almost US$900,000 of supplies to Cuba, which Cuban architects, engineers and workmen will then use to set up the conservation facility. It is one of the first trade partnerships to come out of recent improved relations with the US. Read more: theguardian.com