June 6, 2018 – (Key West, FL). Key West Art & Historical Society to participate in Hemingway Days celebration with multiple cultural offerings
For nearly four decades, Key West has annually tipped its hat to the Nobel Prize-winning American author Ernest Hemingway with a weeklong festival celebrating both his literary legacy and larger-than-life persona. Key West Art & Historical Society contributes to this year’s festival, which runs July 17-22, with five special offerings:
Tuesday, July 17, 9:30am-4:30pm, Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street: Free museum day for Hemingway Days participants. View artifacts and ephemera from Hemingway’s life, along with a life-sized bronze sculpture of the iconic author, and a display of 59 original pen-and-ink drawings inspired by Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea,” created by world-renowned marine wildlife artist Guy Harvey while in his teens.
Tuesday, July 17, 6:00-8:00pm, Old City Hall, 510 Greene Street: Second Annual Hemingway Symposium featuring noted scholars, actors, and writers inspired by Hemingway’s work. Moderated by Kirk Curnutt Ph.D., professor and chair of English at Troy University.
Wednesday, July 18, 7:30-9:00pm, Key West Lighthouse and Keepers Quarters, 938 Whitehead Street: “Voices, Places, Inspirations,” a popular, free-admission evening of readings, presentations, and storytelling by contemporary writers from Key West and around the country. Includes a “meet-the-authors” reception.
Thursday, July 19, 7:30pm-9:00pm, Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton Street: Showing of “The Hemingway Monologues: Life and Death in Key West,” which was filmed on location at the Hemingway Home and other Key West landmarks, and narrated by Hemingway scholar and theatrical interpreter Brian Gordon Sinclair. Following the film, Sinclair will introduce his 7-volume series of plays, “The Hemingway Monologues: An Epic Drama of Love Genius and Eternity.” Co-hosted by Cristen Hemingway Jaynes, the evening includes a presentation of Canada’s Hemingway on Stage Award.
Sunday, July 22, 12:00-2:00pm, launching from the Custom House Museum: Hemingway’s Key West by Trolley. Join island historian Sharon Wells as she leads a trolley tour to key island sites connected to Hemingway’s decade in Key West.
Funding for the Hemingway Symposium, “The Hemingway Monologues: An Epic Drama of Love, Genius, and Eternity,” and Hemingway’s Key West by Trolley tour provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.
For more information and to register for The Society’s Hemingway Days events visit kwahs.org and click “tickets.” Advanced registration is suggested. Your Museums. Your Community. It takes an Island.
Key West Art & Historical Society is to host several Hemingway Days events at the Custom House Museum and other locales, beginning July 17. In this photo taken in 1953, Ernest Hemingway writes at his safari camp desk in Africa. Photo Credit: Ernest Hemingway Photographs Collection; John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.