Whence these stories? History in Longfellow’s Poetry
a panel discussion for Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 215 Birthday
in partnership with Longfellow House Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site
Wednesday, February 23, 7 – 8 pm ET
February 2022 brings the 215th anniversary of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s Birthday. This year, to mark the occasion, Maine Historical Society and Longfellow House Washington’s Headquarters National Historica Site are hosting a panel of experts to discuss the stories and the people from history that inspired some of Longfellow’s best-known poems: Paul Revere’s Ride, Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie, and The Song of Hiawatha. What inspired Longfellow to write these poems? What history did he draw upon and ignore when writing them? In what ways might the poems be problematic and how are they looked upon and studied today? Join us to learn more and reflect on the life and work of Maine’s Fireside Poet.
Lise Pelletier, Director of the Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes at University of Maine Fort Kent
Katrina Phillips, Assistant Professor of American Indian History at Macalester College
Robert Shimp, Research and Adult Program Director at Paul Revere Memorial Association