The Mary and Ernest Hemingway House and Preserve

The ownership of Ernest Hemingway’s final home shifts from The Nature Conservancy to The Community Library in Ketchum, Idaho, this month. The change marks a new approach to the preservation and promotion of the iconic writer’s legacy in the American West, and by a library whose own history is intertwined with Hemingway’s.

For the past thirty years, the house, and its associated 13.9 acres of land alongside the Big Wood River, has been managed by the Conservancy. In 2015, the house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, both for its association with the great writer, and also because it is an exquisite example of mid-century architecture in the Sun Valley, Idaho, area.

Now the house will be incorporated into a larger historical and literary program that will explore Hemingway’s abiding connections to the remote and rugged region, a place he visited for two decades, and the place where he turned to make his final home after his departure from Cuba.

The house will remain private. It will be the site of a new residency program for writers, scholars, and artists. An apartment of the house will be renovated in the coming months for the new residency program, which is planned to begin in early 2018. Artifacts from the house will be integrated into the Library’s regional history collection, and they will be made accessible to the public through periodic displays at the Library and its associated museum, as well as through research requests.

Read the full press release for the Hemingway House Transfer.

Explore Hemingway Artifacts

Don’t miss the current exhibit at the Sun Valley Museum of History, Ernest Hemingway: At Home in Idaho, where you can see photos, letters, a typewriter, and hunting items, which tell some of the story of his experience in central Idaho. Forest Service Park, Wed. – Sat., 1-5 p.m.

Save the date for the Ernest Hemingway Seminar 2017: Isn’t It Pretty to Think So? The Community Library, Sept. 7-9, 2017.

Also, when you’re in the library, come into Regional History and browse our Hemingway Collection. Mon. – Sat., 10-6 p.m.

The Hemingway House continues to remain private and is not open to the public.

Mary and Ernest Hemingway House, Nomination Form, National Park Service, United States Department of Interior