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“Song of Hiawatha” Chosen as Theme of Longfellow Days

Story posted August 17, 2004

The famous epic poem "The Song of Hiawatha" has been chosen as the central theme of the first annual Longfellow Days celebration currently being planned for February 2005 in Brunswick.

The Longfellow Days planning committee met recently and has zeroed in on specific events that will both complement the theme and celebrate the life and poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882; Bowdoin Class of 1825), one of Brunswick and Bowdoin College's most famous celebrities.

"So many wonderful ideas have been suggested that it's hard to decide just where to start," said Maryli Tiemann, the committee chairperson. "We've decided to focus on 'The Song of Hiawatha' since 2005 will mark the poem's 150th anniversary."

Events will include readings, a lecture on Longfellow, plays, dance and musical performances, and outdoor activities such as horse and buggy rides and roasting chestnuts.

The celebration is scheduled for the end of February to coincide with the poet's February 27 birthday.

The committee is calling for more people to help implement plans for Longfellow Days. Anyone interested in seeing the event succeed is encouraged to attend the next meeting on Tuesday, August 17, 7-8:30 p.m., in the Multipurpose Room of the McLellan Building, 85 Union Street.

Questions may be directed to committee members Maryli Tiemann at 729-5311 or Peggy Schick at 725-3522.

Read a brief biography of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and learn about the Longfellow collections in the Bowdoin College Library.

Read "The Song of Hiawatha" online.

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