Hemingway museum

A $1.2 million conservation center intended to preserve the legacy of Ernest Hemingway opened last week on the grounds of Finca Vigía, the Cuban villa on the outskirts of Havana where the novelist lived from 1939 to 1960. The center houses some 10,000 letters, 9,000 marked-up books, and 5,000 photos that Hemingway left behind when he quit the country at the urging of the U.S. Embassy amid rising tensions between Washington and the revolutionary authorities in Havana. A Hemingway biographer has called the cache of documents a “CAT scan of Hemingway’s brain.” The conservation center was built by the Boston-based Finca Vigía Foundation—headed by Bob Vila, former host of TV’s This Old House—and Cuban authorities.