Saving Ernest Hemingway's Cuban Legacy:
Preserving Finca Vigía
The mission of The Finca Vigía Foundation (formerly known as the Hemingway Preservation Foundation, Inc.) is to work collaboratively with Cuban colleagues to restore and preserve Ernest Hemingway's home, Finca Vigía, its contents, and the famous fishing boat, Pilar
The home, located 12 miles outside Havana, Cuba, is filled with original furniture, artwork, china, fishing rods, animal trophies, guns, typewriters, and other objects collected by the author and his wives. Closets contain clothing, jewelry, and personal memorabilia.
Of special importance is the author's 9,000 book library – approximately 20% with writing in the margins, several thousand irreplaceable letters and telegrams, more than 2,000 photographs, scrapbooks, manuscripts, and galley proofs.
The 12 acre property contains the author’s beloved fishing boat, Pilar, in dry dock, swimming pool with cabanas, a small baseball field where Hemingway pitched countless innings with his sons and children from the village of San Francisco de Paula, and groves of almond, mango, and avocado trees.
Since 2003, with the assistance of The National Trust for Historic Preservation and an extraordinary team of architects and engineers, the Social Science Research Council, Mystic Seaport, and the Northeast Document Conservation Center the following has been accomplished: preservation of the home, restoration of the Pilar, and conservation of more than 3,000 flat documents.
Beginning in 2010 we will provide technical assistance and materials to begin the conservation of the library, photographs, and scrap books.