Shout-out to all the dads and father figures out there, from the Father of the Country 👨👨👧👪
We've got good news! The elm tree that had to be chopped down last year has been replaced with a disease resistant Jefferson Elm. We continue the Longfellow's tradition of planting elms -- and of battling disease. In 1843, Longfellow wrote, "In an evil hour he [his neighbor] cut down the elm trees in front of the house, which had been nearly destroyed by the cankerworms; or rather cut their tops off in the vain hope of saving them. Thus fell the magnificent elms which signalized the place and under whose shadows Washington walked."
Happy Pride Month! One of the many goals of the NPS is to tell the stories and histories of all Americans, and one of the many initiatives that has taken place over the past year is the LGBTQ Heritage Initiative. Though labels and concepts have changed throughout our history, LGBTQ Americans have always been an integral part of the story of this nation. Here at the Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters, we have those stories to tell as well. In honor of Pride Month, especially with the festivities all throughout Boston and Cambridge this weekend, one member of the Longfellow family we would like to highlight is that of Harry Dana, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's grandson.
Born in 1881, Harry was largely active in the civil rights and socialist movements of the early 20th century, as well as taking the role of family historian and archivist. His work in organizing and preserving the letters and artifacts of the site have played a large roll in the preservation of the home. He also appears to have acted as a mentor for the young gay men of Harvard and Cambridge, helping them to find a safe place to be their true selves in a world that often would not allow them to be.
For more on Harry's life and accomplishments, feel free to visit our page:
#HappyPride #LGBTQhistory #pride2018
“Today was my berthday my opinion being that it was my 23rd but the rest of the family insist it is my 24th which I cant believe it seems so aughfully old, I have in cousequence received quite a number of nice little presents." If turning twenty four sounded ‘aughfully old’ to Charley Longfellow (the first-born son of Henry and Fanny Longfellow), he’d probably be displeased to find out that today just so happens to be his 174th birthday! Born on this day in 1844, Charley led a life filled with excitement, adventure, and danger- to the constant worry of his father. At 18, Charley ran away from home to fight in the Civil War, and, after being wounded while skirmishing in Virginia during the Mine Run Campaign, he devoted himself to a life of travel. He visited over 40 countries, writing detailed and often humorous accounts of his experiences, covering himself in ornate tattoos, and sending home souvenirs from all over the world. Though his eccentric life choices made his family anxious, his adventures, stylish mustache, and sense of humor have made him a fan favorite (and source of amusement!) among staff and visitors.
As his sister Edith wrote of him, “He is more wild, extravagant, and childish than ever and we can hardly keep him in the bounds of propriety." Since it’s his birthday, though, I think we can give him a pass this time. Happy birthday, Charley!!! Don't celebrate too much!
We’re celebrating student poets today with the Longfellow Poetry Awards! #nextgen #poetry
We're hanging out at the CambridgeSide Galleria for Cambridge Arts River Festival! We're proud to be an art park in such a creative community.
Come by and see us and all the other artistic organizations in the city!
For more info: http://cambridgeartscouncil.org/riverfestival
In anticipation of summer vacations we took a look in our collection for roadtrip inspiration. Alice Longfellow has you covered if you're thinking of a trip through the Italian countryside.
In these pictures, you can see her rolling in style (front passenger seat), enjoying some ruins, and taking a roadside tea break!
Here's another bloom update! We've got poppies and peonies galore, rhododendrons, columbine, and delious smelling mock orange -- just to name a few 🐝🌸🌷
time in the Longfellow Garden!
We're so excited that it's finally opening day! Come see us for a free house tour, 10 am - 4 pm 🏡🤩
"The lilacs are in blossom, and the apple-trees. The whole country is a flower-garden; and all the birds are singing, singing, singing!" Longfellow, May 27th, 1860
It's a beautiful, smell-the-lilacs kind of day. If you haven't seen them yet, make sure to stop by before they're gone! 💮☀️
Our baby birds have hatched!
Longfellow considered birds to be the poets of the natural world, giving music to the world in their songs. So we're very excited to find this Robin's nest! 🐣 "The ballad-singers and the Troubadours, The street musicians of the heavenly city,
The birds, who make sweet music for us all
In our dark hours, as David did for Saul." "The Birds of Killingworth," Longfellow
Happy Mother's Day from our house to yours!
The garden has transformed in the last week of warm weather. Here's a bloom update! 🌼🌸☀️
🌸🌻🌼 even in our manicured garden we have some opportunistic plants that have popped up
We’re set up at the Mass Poetry Festival! Stop by and see us if you’re in Salem today for the festivities!
The garden is coming along nicely! Here are some photos after the rain yesterday 🌸🏵️🌷