Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Hemingway #3

You already know  that the Ernrst Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West, FL is one of my least favorite house museums.  So you won't be surprised that the Dec 23, 2012  NY Times article on the home has not stirred me to action.

The article recounts a nine year losing battle with the U.S. Department of Agiculture over the right to  regulate the cats under the Animal Welfare Act.  While it did conjure up some wild images of under cover agents observing and surreptitously photographing the cats, I'm not inclined to view the museum as a simple house museum forced to run through a bureaucratical maze.  My impression of  it stands : a well run tourist business with it's bottom line well highlighted.

Yet the article does have some great pictures of the house and the cats who live there.

Hildene update

I'm thrilled that the movie "Lincoln"  has found such a wide audience as well as garnered so many accolades.  Such non glossy Hollywood films, especially a historical one, typically create little interest.  Yet who realized that the media buzz around the film would increase attendance at a house museum?

My ever so observant Vermont friend has sent me an article from a local paper about the expected boost in attendance at Hildene, the home of Robert Todd Linclon.  Before you drive up for a visit take a look at my Nov 10, 2011 entry on the home.  And if your interested in a local tour guide with inexhaustible knowledge and the friendliest welcome you can imagine, give Monique a call!