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Longfellow 200: Past Events

In 2007, the Maine Historical Society and organizations around Maine hosted exhibits, lectures, trips, programs, and other events that explored Longfellow's poetry and legacy. See below for a detailed listing of events.

Saturday, February 10, 1:30–4:30 pm
Poetry Reading and Slam: Herb Coursen, Maggie Finch, Sherry Hanson

Local published poets will read and serve as judges for the poetry slam. Slam participants should bring 4 of their works to read and sign up before 1:30 pm.

Event Location: Just Write Books. Border Trust, 2 Main St., Topsham, ME
Fee: Free
Contact: www.brunswickdowntown.com

Saturday, February 10, 3:00–4:30 pm
Family Movie Matinee: The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere

This documentary separates fact from poetic license and explores how Longfellow created a lasting legend with his account. Readings from the poem will be performed by Brian Hinds. Refreshments available for purchase.

Event Location: Frontier restaurant and theater in Fort Andross overlooking the Androscoggin River, Brunswick, ME. Parking in front of Fort Andross on both sides of Cabot Street. Limited parking at Fort Andross fish ladder area.
Fee: Free
Contact: www.brunswickdowntown.com

Sunday, February 11, 1:00–2:00 pm
Poets in the Community: Herb Coursen, Courtney Hill, David Adams

Local published poets read at Curtis Memorial Library. Refreshments provided. Parking on Pleasant St., Center St., and in library parking lot off Union St.

Event Location: Curtis Memorial Library, Fireplace Room, Pleasant and Middle Streets, Brunswick, ME
Fee: Free
Contact: www.brunswickdowntown.com

February 12–June 4, 2007
Bowdoin College Exhibition: Of Time, Place, and Circumstance: An exhibition celebrating the bicentennial of Longfellow's birth

This exhibition features holdings from the department's Bowdoin College Archives and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Collection.

Event Location: Bowdoin College, Hawthorne–Longfellow Library, 2nd floor gallery, Brunswick, ME
Contact: Daniel Hope, 207-725-3288

Friday, February 16, 2007
MHS Museum exhibit "Drawing Together: The Art of the Longfellows" opens

Tuesday, February 27, 2007 marks the two-hundredth anniversary of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's birth. As a tribute to the poet, Maine Historical Society has organized a new exhibit exploring the lives of Longfellow and his family through the art they created. More info.

Event Location: Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland, ME
Fee: Adults $4.00; Children 5–17 $2.00; Free for MHS members
Contact: Jane Foden, MHS, jfoden@mainehistory.org, 207-774-1822

Sunday, February 18, 1:00–2:00 pm
Poets in the Community: Maggie Finch, Annie Finch, Joyce Pye, Arnold Perrin

Local published poets read at Curtis Memorial Library. Refreshments provided. Parking on Pleasant St., Center St., and in library parking lot off Union St.

Event Location: Curtis Memorial Library, Fireplace Room, Pleasant and Middle Streets, Brunswick, ME
Fee: Free
Contact: www.brunswickdowntown.com

Friday, February 23, 7:00–8:00 pm
Charles Calhoun and Christoph Irmscher Discussing Longfellow at 200: Why Henry Longfellow Was the Most Famous Bowdoin Graduate Ever.

Both Calhoun and Irmscher are authors of recently published books on Longfellow and worked together at the 2006 Maine Humanities Council Longfellow Institute sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Reception, courtesy Association of Bowdoin Friends, to follow 2nd floor gallery exhibit Of Time Place and Circumstance, with Bowdoin students reading from Longfellow's student letters. The Calhoun and Irmscher books, Longfellow: A Rediscovered Life and Longfellow Redux, will be available for sale and signing by the authors. Refreshments provided.

Event Location: Bowdoin College Hawthorne–Longfellow Library, Brunswick, ME
Fee: Free
Contact: www.brunswickdowntown.com

Saturday, February 24, 2007, 11:00 am-1:00 pm
Longfellow Family Birthday

MHS invites you and your family to join us in celebrating the 200th birthday of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Poetry readings, children's activities, and door prizes will be followed by birthday cake for all!

Event Location: Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland, ME
Fee: Free and Open to the Public
Contact: Carolin Collins, Education Coordinator, MHS, ccollins@mainehistory.org

Saturday, February 24, 1:00–2:00 pm
Longfellow's 200th Birthday Fete in Music and Dance

Performances by Maine's Poet Laureate, Betsy Scholl, Donald Lipfert, The Ballet School, Center Stage Players, Bowdoin College Woodwind Quintet, "The Longfellows," and more.

Event Location: Kresge Auditorium at the Visual Arts Center, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME
Fee: Free
Contact: www.brunswickdowntown.com

Saturday, February 24, 3:00–4:30 pm
Longfellow Redux author Christoph Irmscher lecture: Longfellow & Friendship

Irmscher is Professor of English at Indiana University, Bloomington and curator of a Longfellow Bicentennial Exhibition currently on view at Harvard University's Houghton Library. He will lecture on Longfellow's circle of friends with an emphasis on Louis Agassiz, a Swiss–American zoologist, glaciologist, and geologist. Regarded as the most famous scientist in 19th century America, Agassiz was the first to theorize, in 1837, that the Earth had been subject to an earlier ice age. He also, disastrously, used his considerable energies to resist the influence of Darwinism in America. Irmscher is writing Agassiz's biography under a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship. Sponsored by the Association of Bowdoin Friends.

Event Location: Bowdoin College Kresge Auditorium, Brunswick, ME
Fee: Free
Contact: www.brunswickdowntown.com

Sunday, February 25, Noon–3:00 pm
Tour Longfellow's home in Brunswick

Tour Longfellow's home in Brunswick at the Joshua Chamberlain House, Maine Street and Potter.

Event Location: Joshua Chamberlain House, Maine Street and Potter, Brunswick, ME
Fee: Free
Contact: Pejepscot Historical Society, 729-6606

Sunday, February 25, 1:00–2:00 pm
Poets in the Community: Anne Hammond, Jeniferlee Tucker, Robert Chute, David Matson

Local published poets read at Curtis Memorial Library. Refreshments provided. Parking on Pleasant St., Center St., and in library parking lot off Union St.

Event Location: Curtis Memorial Library, Fireplace Room, Pleasant and Middle Streets, Brunswick, ME
Fee: Free
Contact: www.brunswickdowntown.com

Sunday, February 25, 2007, 3:00 pm
The Longfellow 200th Anniversary Choral Festival

A choir of nearly 100 singers from 16 community and church choruses in Maine, New Hampshire and beyond will perform works by Longfellow set to music. The variety of music ranges from simple settings for solo voice to difficult, thundering choruses - humorous, reflective, dramatic, entertaining, inspirational music. 1:30 pm preconcert lecture: "Longfellow, 'America's King of Song,' and the music he inspired." For more detailed information go to the concert's website.

Event Location: First Parish Church, 425 Congress St., Portland, ME
Fee: Suggested Donation of $10 at door
Contact: First Parish Church, 425 Congress St. , Portland, ME 04101, 207-773-5747

Sunday, February 25, 3:00–4:00 pm
19th Century Chapel Service

The Reverend Bradley Mitchell reflects on Longfellow's life in Brunswick. Music by Bowdoin College Brass Ensemble under the direction of Anita Jerosch. Organist Andrea Printy. Donald Lipfert reading Longfellow. Sacred dance by Moving Spirit choreographed by Peg Brightman.

Event Location: Bowdoin College Chapel, Brunswick, ME
Fee: Free
Contact: www.brunswickdowntown.com

Sunday, February 25 – Saturday, March 3
Longfellow Programming on Harpswell Community Television (Channel 14)

Harpswell Community Television will be airing a taped reading of The Village Blacksmith performed by area resident Irving Chipman, along with MP3s of Longfellow's work daily at 5:30am, 11am, 5:30pm, and 11pm during the week of Longfellow's birthday. The program will be repeated at other times throughout the year. The station can be viewed on cable channel 14 in Harpswell, Topsham, and Bowdoin and on UHF channel 14 in communities throughout the greater Casco Bay area, including Portland and Brunswick.

Contact: htv14@harpswelltv.org

Tuesday, February 27, 2007, 5:00–7:00 pm
Longfellow Birthday Party and Exhibit Opening

Join Maine Historical Society in celebrating Longfellow's 200th birthday. This event also celebrates the opening of the new MHS Museum Exhibit, Drawing Together: The Arts of the Longfellows and the kick–off of the year–long celebration of Longfellow.

Event Location: Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland, ME
Fee: Free
Contact: Jane Foden, MHS, jfoden@mainehistory.org, 207-774-1822

Tuesday, February 27, 7:00–9:00 pm
Birthday Cake and Community Poetry Read

Longfellow sidewalk plaque will be unveiled. Emceed by Gary Lawless of The Gulf of Maine Books, the evening will start with readings by Brunswick school children of poetry written in their classes for Longfellow Days. Following cake, courtesy of Wild Oats Bakery, adult participants may read from poems or their own composition for five minutes each.

Event Location: Unitarian Universalist Church, 15 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, ME
Fee: Free
Contact: www.brunswickdowntown.com

Saturday, March 3, 2007, 2:00 pm
The Story of the Acadians: Screening and Panel Discussion

Dr. Francoise Paradis, Evangeline scholar; Brenda Jepson, film maker; Dr. Layne Longfellow
Join us for a screening and panel discussion of the new film The Story Of The Acadians. The film is a tale of discovery, tragedy and determination which spans the 170 year history of the French settlement of North America, and explores the history of the people that Henry Wadsworth Longfellow immortalized in his poetry. The film begins in Maine at St Croix Island in 1604, follows the settlers to Nova Scotia, and ends in France at the Acadian Line. Following the screening, there will be a panel to discuss the film and take questions.

Event Location: Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland, ME
Fee: Free
Contact: Jane Foden, MHS, jfoden@mainehistory.org, 207-774-1822

Thursday, March 15, 2007, 10:00 am–2:00 pm
Longfellow Stamp Celebration and Special Cancellation

Celebrate the release of the new U.S. Postal Service stamp honoring Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Stamps can be purchased and specially canceled at MHS. A ceremony marking the issue will be held at 12pm.

Event Location: Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland, ME
Contact: Jane Foden, MHS, jfoden@mainehistory.org, 207-774-1822

Tuesday, March 27, 2007, 12pm
Drawing Together: The Arts of the Longfellows

Laura Fecych Sprague, Guest Curator
Join us as we explore the Longfellow family's broad interest in the arts—music, painting, literature, and architecture—the subject of our current museum exhibit. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was not the only successful or artistic member of his family. His siblings, nephews, and other relatives were active and accomplished artists. Guest Curator Laura Sprague will share insights about her work on the exhibit and highlight stories about different family members and the art they made. This is a new and different perspective on the life of Longfellow—part of our ongoing discovery and celebration of his career.

Sprague has been studying and helping care for the collections of the Maine Historical Society since 1979. She is an independent museum curator who has served since 1997 as restoration curator for the W-L House. She is the Guest Curator of our current museum exhibit. Laura is also the author of a number of important works, including Agreeable Situations: Society, Commerce, and Art in Southern Maine, 1780-1830.

Event Location: Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland, ME
Fee: Free
Contact: Jane Foden, MHS, jfoden@mainehistory.org, 207-774-1822

Monday, April 2, 2007
Wadsworth–Longfellow House opens for the season for school visitation

Visit the childhood home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and explore family life in 19th century Portland.

Event Location: Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland, ME
Fee: Students $2
Contact: Contact MHS for Reservations and more Information, 207-774-1822

Thursday, April 19, 2007, 7:00 pm
Drawn to Art: The Longfellows and the Nineteenth Century American Dream

(Gallery Tour: 6:15pm)
Diana Korzenik, Painter, Author, and Historian of Art Education
Diana Korzenik, acclaimed scholar and author of the classic Drawn to Art: A Nineteenth Century American Dream (UPNE, 1985), will place the Longfellow family's enthusiasm for the Arts into the context of Art Education in nineteenth century America. Korzenik is completing a book project that explores the creative life of Fanny Appleton, an accomplished writer and artist who married the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in 1843. Korzenik is the former chair of the art education department at the Massachusetts College of Art and co–author of Art Making and Education. The program will be preceded at 6:15pm by a gallery tour of our Drawing Together exhibit led by Guest Curator Laura Sprague.

Event Location: Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland, ME
Fee: Free
Contact: Jane Foden, MHS, jfoden@mainehistory.org, 207-774-1822

Tuesday, April 24, 2007, 12:00 pm
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: America's King of Song

Charles Kaufmann, Music Director, First Parish Church, Portland
Join us for a talk that explores Longfellow's surprising impact and appearance in popular music over the past 150 years. Kaufmann, an accomplished musician, has found and studied an incredible trove of sheet music inspired by Longfellow. From the mid–19th century until the time of his death in 1882, composers—famous and obscure, young and old—were moved by poems written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. That music is the subject of a major choral program on February 25 and a new exhibit at the Maine Historical Society (2/23-6/3).

Event Location: Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland, ME
Fee: Free
Contact: Jane Foden, MHS, jfoden@mainehistory.org, 207-774-1822

Thursday, April 26, 2007, 7:00 pm
John Ford Lecture, including screening of segment of Longfellows The Village Blacksmith (1922)

Michael Connolly, Professor of History, Saint Joseph's College
Join historian Michael Connolly for a look at film director John Ford's Portland roots. Ford, like Longfellow, was an iconic artist who helped define our national identity through his characters and films, most notably through his Westerns. The program will include a screening of the sole remaining segment of Ford's The Village Blacksmith which was based on Longfellow's poem and was one of the first films that Ford directed.

Event Location: Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland, ME
Fee: Free
Contact: Jane Foden, MHS, jfoden@mainehistory.org, 207-774-1822

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