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Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site

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June 2017

“Soft Words are Like Roses”: Poetry Writing Workshop

June 10 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

After attending John Stauffer’s lecture on Charles Sumner and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow at Old North Church & Historic Site, join us for an afternoon of poetry writing and exercise your own talents! To begin, a Park Ranger will discuss a few of the people, places, and ideas that inspired the author of Paul Revere’s Ride to craft some of his famous works, as well as some which have receded into history. Then it will be your turn to create your…

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Plein Air Drawing Workshop

June 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join Endicott College art instructor, Jim Chisholm, for a workshop on drawing outside, inspired by Fanny Longfellow's landscape sketeches. Basic drawing supplies and stools will be provided, but feel free to bring your favorite medium. RSVP Required. Let us know via Facebook, call (617) 876-4491 or email reservationsat105@gmail.com. Meet in the Carriage House and be ready to spend most of the session outside in the Longfellow landscape. Check out Jim's website!: http://www.jamesrchisholm.com/about-the-artist/

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Cambridge Open Archives: Living & Dying in Cambridge

June 20 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This year, seven archives, special collections, and collecting institutions in Cambridge will open their doors to the public to showcase some of their most interesting materials -- and the tales that go along with them. On June 20th, Open Archives at Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters NHS will feature stories of three "great events" from our archives - Charley Longfellow's christening, Anne Allegra Longfellow's marriage to Joseph Thorp, and Fanny Longfellow's death - along with some scenes of everyday life in between.…

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July 2017

Meet the General!

July 8 @ 12:00 pm - July 9 @ 4:00 pm

His Excellency and Martha return to his Cambridge Headquarters! Meet them, ask questions, take the perfect photograph, try out colonial clothing, play historic games, and experience the Revolutionary events of the late-18th century.

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Fanny & Henry Longfellow: A Romance

July 13 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

On the anniversary of their wedding, join a ranger in a special house tour looking at the couple's seven-year courtship and eighteen-year marriage. RSVPs required, space limited. Let us know via Facebook, call (617) 876-4491 or email reservationsat105@gmail.com.

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So Many Pleasures & One Awful Tragedy

July 15 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

A house tour eulogizes Fanny Longfellow's life, concluding with her 1861 funeral in the house's library. Following will be a walk to her final resting place at Mount Auburn Cemetery for poetry and a wreath-laying. Tour begins at 10:30 am at the Longfellow House. Wreath-laying at noon at Mount Auburn Cemetery. RSVPs required, space limited. Let us know via Facebook, call (617) 876-4491 or email reservationsat105@gmail.com.

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August 2017

Very Warlike Against War

August 17 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Longfellow's honeymoon took them to Springfield Armory. Learn about the Armory they experienced and how to visit - and Fanny - inspired one of Henry Longfellow's greatest poems on peace. RSVPs required. Let us know via Facebook, call (617) 876-4491 or email reservationsat105@gmail.com. In addition, this program will be offered at Springfield Armory National Historic Site on August 5th at 2pm. No RSVP required.

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Wreck of the Hesperus Movie Night

August 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Columbia Pictures fantastical 1948 version of Longfellow’s “The Wreck of the Hesperus” transforms his tragic tale of hubris into a Western-like morality play pitting a disgraced ship captain against powerful forces led by his boss, a prominent Bostonian running a crooked salvage business. See how Longfellow’s cultural relevance continued well into the 20th century, even as the popularity of his poetry declined. One hour and eight minute running time. The movie will be shown on the side lawn of the…

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November 2017

Politics on Beacon Hill

November 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

We join forces with rangers from Boston African American National Historic Site in a walking tour of Fanny Longfellow's childhood neighborhood. The tour will start at 12 noon at the Shaw Memorial, across the street from the State House. No RSVP required.

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