July 18, 1980

Hemingway Room Dedicated at JFK Library

Greater Boston

On this day in 1980, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Ernest Hemingway's son Patrick dedicated the Hemingway Room at the recently opened John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston. The Nobel-prize winning author and the 35th president never met, but they admired each other greatly. After their deaths, their widows agreed that the presidential library would be a fitting repository for Hemingway's collection. A special room was created to house not only his personal papers, memorabilia, photographs, and scrapbooks, but carved African statues and hunting trophies as well. The rest of the building is devoted to the memory of the slain president and "to all those who through the art of politics seek a new and better world."

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