Hemingway's House is first US investment in Cuba's tourism

Posted: 30-Jun-15 09:35

Ernest Hemingway's former home in Havana, Cuba, will become a tourist attraction for years to come now that travel restrictions between the USA and Cuba have eased up. A foundation in the USA is focused on preserving the former residence of the famous author.

Hemingway's House is first US investment in Cuba's tourism

Between 1939 and 1960, the famous American writer Ernest Hemingway lived in a sprawling house just outside of Havana, Cuba. Within that house there are still thousands of books and documents that are slowly disintegrating in Cuba's heat and humidity. If these documents are not preserved properly, they will be lost forever in a few years and will not be able to be salvaged.

The Finca Vigia Foundation, based in Boston, will be shipping approximately $900,000 in supplies in order to build a state-of-the-art facility that will preserve the precious historical texts. This will be the first major export of construction materials to Cuba since US President Obama eased the trade embargo and travel restrictions to the Central American country.

The National Cultural Heritage Council in Cuba has been wanting to build a conservation laboratory for many years, but has not have the supplies or the funds to make the vision a reality. The necessary building materials are impossible to find throughout much of Cuba. Even asking for a simple box of bolts in a hardware store in Cuba is absurd proposition and many Cubans have to build their homes by paying international travellers to bring in materials in their luggage.

Now, however, the Finca Vigia Foundation will be sending four shipping containers with a range of materials including tools, roofing, nuts and bolts and much more.

These materials can be shipped to Cuba now that the trade embargo has been loosened. Americans now have permission to export supplies donated for the purpose of helping Cuban people in fields such as historical preservation, archaeology and science.

Once the materials reach Cuba, engineers and architects there will use them to build a two-storey laboratory where more than 9,000 books and thousands of photos and letters from Hemingway's home can be preserved. Hemingway's home at The Finca Vigia is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Havana.

Thanks to this project the materials will be able to keep for decades longer than they would if they were not preserved, ensuring that the legacy of one of America's greatest writers is kept alive.


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