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A-State Heritage Site Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center to Sponsor Cuba Trip in May


PIGGOTT, Ark. –The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum & Educational Center (HPMEC) will sponsor a trip to Cuba next May to visit the sites associated with author Ernest Hemingway’s life and career.

Hemingway lived in Cuba for 21 years. He wrote The Old Man and the Sea (for which he won the Pulitzer Prize) at the home he called “Finca Vigía” or “lookout farm.” The home is located nine miles outside of Havana where Hemingway and his wife shared their home with dozens of their beloved cats.

Travelers will stay in one of the most beautiful hotels in the world, the Hotel Nacional de Cuba, which has been declared a national monument. They will be able to exchange ideas with the Cuban people and will be introduced to their culture and history through interaction with local artists, musicians and farmers during visits to historical places and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Travelers will learn about the past and present restoration projects in Havana and tour architectural marvels including the creative genius of Cuba’s National Art Schools (Instituto Superior de Arte -ISA). In addition to many places in Havana, travelers will visit Cienfuegos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cienfuegos is considered the capital of urban agriculture in Cuba .

The trip is open to the public. Those interested should contact the Museum at 870-598-3487.

HPMEC is an Arkansas State University Heritage Site. Regular museum hours are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Saturday, 1-3 p.m., with tours on the hour.

Pauline and Ernest Hemingway

Pauline Pfeiffer Hemingway and Ernest Hemingway. Photo courtesy of Princeton University Library.