To celebrate upcoming Evacuation Day, we've got historian J.L. Bell on site sharing the story of Henry Knox and his effort to get cannons to the Continental Army. For more, check out his blog www.boston1775.net
Happy #snowday New England! Cozy on up with something good to read ❄️📚
We had a great visit from the archives crew from @bowdoinsca today! Henry Longfellow attended Bowdoin College and became a professor of languages there. We got to swap Longfellow stories, poor over historic documents and photos. Here you can see his diploma and a dictionary he used as a student - complete with doodles. Thanks for stopping by!
Happy #internationalwomensday from our leading ladies, past and present! 🎉♀️ (Fanny Appleton Longfellow, Martha Washington, staff, volunteers and park rangers at the site, Hannah Davie, governess of Annie and Edith Longfellow)
In our collection, there are two massive prints of the Grizzly Giant Sequoia in @yosemitenps . Standing in front of the tree is Galen Clark, a passionate advocate for the study and preservation of the trees. Though Longfellow never saw these trees in person, the prints were sent by the photographer, Carleton Watkins, as a gift, ca. 1866 🌲
We've been hearing a lot about #eagles and #patriots recently, so we thought we'd share some from our collection. The carved wooden eagle was the tiller on Tom Appleton's yacht "Alice," and now hangs over the guest bedroom window. One of our favorite patriots is Paul Revere, made famous by Longfellow's poem, here set to music.
This week we hosted staff from @boafnps, a National Park Service site in Boston that talks about the abolition of slavery in the 19th century. Many of our stories overlap, including that of Anthony Burns, the fugitive slave who escaped to Boston, only to be captured and returned. This event radicalized Bostonians against slavery, including Longfellow: "Yesterday a fugitive slave was arrested in Boston. To-day there is an eclipse of the sun. 'Hung be the heavens in black.'" #blackhistorymonth#bostonhistory
These beautiful drawings of the garden have us dreaming of spring 🌼🌸🌺🏵️
Happy #nationalhandwritingday ! Here we've got a cross-written letter by Fanny Longfellow to her #bff Emmeline Austin while visiting her sister Mary in England in 1841.
Can you read how Fanny signs off? On the cross-written portion, she ends: "But I must not forget what I am inflicting on your poor eyes. Good bye – my best darling. All joy be with you!"
We’re happy to be back and thought it was pretty cool to find this waiting for us this morning! #urbanwildlife
Looks like there's some snow coming, New England. Stay warm! ❄️⛄☕
Our museum staff is working on a new exhibit about Longfellow's interests in wine and tobacco. Here, our curator sifts old tobacco leaves and cleans out one of Longfellow's humidors. Stay tuned for more!