JFK Library Presents New Permanent Exhibit: Ernest Hemingway: A Life Inspired

June 28, 2018
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JFK Library Presents New Permanent Exhibit: Ernest Hemingway: A Life Inspired  
- Exhibit opens Thursday, June 28 -

BOSTON - The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum today announced the opening of a new permanent exhibit, Ernest Hemingway: A Life Inspired, highlighting the life and career of author Ernest Hemingway.

After Ernest Hemingway died in 1961, President Kennedy arranged for his wife, Mary Hemingway, to return to Cuba to retrieve her late husband's belongings. Mary later offered Hemingway's papers, photographs, and selected mementos to Jacqueline Kennedy for inclusion in the President's library. Mrs. Kennedy announced this gift in 1972. In 1980, she and Patrick Hemingway, the writer's son, dedicated the Collection in the newly opened Library. The Library is now the pre-eminent research center for Hemingway studies.

The new exhibit represents every aspect of the Ernest Hemingway Collection, presenting major works and the places, people, and experiences which inspired them. It highlights the early paperback books that John F. Kennedy would have encountered as a young Congressman.

"In 2016, the Kennedy Library opened a temporary exhibit, Ernest Hemingway: Between Two Wars, the first ever major museum exhibition devoted to the work and life of Ernest Hemingway," stated James Roth, Deputy Director of the Library. "It is now our pleasure to present a permanent Ernest Hemingway exhibit that tells the writer’s story by weaving together his literary masterpieces with his worldly inspirations. The exhibit places the viewer in Hemingway’s shoes, seeing the people and places that inspired his greatest works.”

This exhibition was curated by the Library’s Hemingway expert, Dr. Hilary Justice. It would not have been possible without decades of generous and unwavering support from Patrick and Carol Hemingway.

Featured in the exhibit are:

  • First paperback editions of Hemingway’s major works
  • Personal photographs from Hemingway’s own collection
  • Personal photographs of the women who inspired Hemingway
  • Pages from early drafts of A Farewell to ArmsThe Sun Also Rises, and For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • LIFE Magazine edition of The Old Man and the Sea
  • 32 covers of world-wide translations of The Old Man and the Sea

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is one of 14 presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration and is supported, in part, by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, a non-profit organization. Located on Columbia Point in Dorchester, the Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with the exceptions of Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Parking is free. There is free shuttle-service from the JFK/UMass T Stop on the Red Line. The Museum is fully handicapped accessible. For more information, call (866) JFK-1960 or access www.jfklibrary.org on the Internet.

General admission to the Museum at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library is $14.00. Admission for seniors over the age of 62 and college students with appropriate identification is $12.00, and for children ages 13-17, $10.00. Children ages 12 and under are admitted for free.