Footsteps in Cuba, today and yesterday

Alex Wells in Cuba next to a sign pointing to “Fidel’s House.” 
Sumner Welles (left) shakes hands with Cuba’s Col. Fulgencio Batisa as U.S. Gen. Malin Craig looks on.

The door to Cuba is swinging open and Alex Welles has seen what’s on the other side.

Twice … in the past two years.

Welles will share his recent personal experiences along with the perspective gained from his grandfather, Sumner Welles, a diplomat who served as President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s special envoy to Cuba. Welles will make two presentations of, “Cuba: Following in my Grandfather’s Footsteps:”

  • Sunday, Feb. 12, 2-3 p.m., Coupeville Library, 788 NW Alexander St, Coupeville.
  • Monday, Feb. 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Langley Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 301 Anthes Ave, Langley.

Both events are free, open to the public and have limited seating.

In addition to speaking about Cuba, Welles will show photos and videos from his visits, including a walk through Havana’s Old City. Other sites he visited include the Bay of Pigs, which became politically famous in 1961, and San Juan Hill in Santiago, where Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders charged the Spanish troops in 1898.

Welles is a former Wall Street broker and international banking specialist. He is co-owner of Welles & Rinning Commercial Real Estate Services in Bellevue. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Hobart College in Geneva, NY and an MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management in Phoenix. He lives in Seattle with his wife, King County Council Member Jeanne Kohl-Welles.

Funding for these events is by the Friends of the Clinton, Coupeville, Freeland and Langley libraries.?