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Ideas Invited for Annual Longfellow Celebration

Story posted June 17, 2004

The public is invited to share their ideas for a proposed annual celebration of the life and poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Bowdoin Class of 1825).

"Brunswick Celebrates Longfellow," to be held at the end of February to coincide with Longfellow's birthday, will be a community-wide series of events that might include school performances, tours, exhibitions of Longfellow items, poetry readings, and lectures.

The purpose of the series is to bring one of Brunswick and Bowdoin College's most famous celebrities back into the limelight, and to educate the community about Longfellow's influence on 19th-century America.

A brainstorming session will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 30, in the first floor Multipurpose Room, McLellan Building, 85 Union Street. Members of the community are invited to lend their ideas about what the Longfellow celebration should include.

"Brunswick Celebrates Longfellow" is being coordinated by area residents of all ages, Bowdoin College students and staff, and anyone who enjoys literature, culture, and/or local history.

Those planning to attend the brainstorming session should RSVP to Maryli Tiemann at 729-5311, or Peggy Schick at 725-3522.

To read a brief biography of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and to learn about the Longfellow collections in the Bowdoin College Library click here.

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