Hemingway’s Havana home to get $900,000 in US improvements

A mural of author Ernest Hemingway and Fidel Castro shaking hands covers a downtown parking lot in Havana, Cuba, Monday, June 22, 2015. Cuban architects, engineers and workmen will construct a two-story laboratory where thousands of photos, books and letters to and from Hemingway can be treated and preserved. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

HAVANA (AP) – A U.S. foundation will ship nearly $900,000 worth of supplies to Cuba to build a state-of-the-art facility to preserve Ernest Hemingway’s books, letters and photos. It’s the first major export of construction materials to Cuba since President Barack Obama loosened the trade embargo on the island.

The Boston-based Finca Vigia Foundation has been trying for years to help Cuba stop thousands of pages of documents from slowly disintegrating in the baking heat and humidity at the home where the American writer lived and worked outside Havana from 1939 to 1960.

Officials with Cuba’s National Cultural Heritage Council, which runs the Finca Vigia, have been enthusiastic about building a conservation laboratory but said they didn’t have the funds or supplies to do it.

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