. . . best of all he loved the fall. . .
Ernest Hemingway held an abiding affection for central Idaho from his first visit to Sun Valley in 1939 until his death in his final home along the Big Wood River in 1961. The Community Library has a robust collection of artifacts and materials from Hemingway’s time in Idaho, and the Library is the custodian of his final home.
Explore Hemingway in Idaho
Remembering Hemingway Video
View photos and listen to Hemingway’s Idaho friends remembering him.
Virtual Tour of Idaho Home
Visit Hemingway’s final home, which is private, through this virtual tour created with Idaho Public Television.
Visit the Museum in Forest Service Park to see artifacts from Hemingway’s time in Idaho.
Peruse historic photos from the House and from the archive that have been digitized.
Idaho Public TV Program
Watch the Idaho Public Television “Idaho’s Hemingway” episode of Idaho Experience.
Audio Walking Tour
Visit Hemingway haunts on an audio walking tour narrated by Mariel Hemingway.
Conversations on Hemingway
In 2021, PBS launched a Ken Burns/Kim Novik documentary on the visionary work and turbulent life of Ernest Hemingway. The Community Library participated in several related events that are still available for viewing.
Explore Hemingway’s life and influences as imagined through present-day social media.
Hemingway House Sessions
Listen to musicians perform in the living room of Ernest and Mary Hemingway’s home.
Collections and Preservation
The Library holds a growing collection of Hemingway photographs, books, correspondence, ephemera, and more, and special collections from the David Meeker Collection, the Gray Family Collection, the Michael Reynolds Papers, and the house that was Hemingway’s final home.
Many of these items are held in the Regional History Archive and are exhibited on a rotating basis at the Library and the Museum. Items also are available for research requests.
Best of all he loved the fall. . . . with the tawny and grey, the leaves yellow on the cottonwoods, leaves floating on the trout streams and above the hills the high blue windless skies.
– Ernest Hemingway’s eulogy for Idaho friend Gene Van Guilder
October 1939, Sun Valley
Each September, the Library presents the annual Hemingway Seminar, a multi-day program to delve into Hemingway’s Life and work. Learn more
The Library presents the annual Hemingway Distinguished Lecture each July, featuring the finest contemporary writers. Learn more
In 2019, the Library launched a Writer-in-Residence Program at the private Hemingway House to support ongoing creative work. Learn more