Object of the Month
Longfellow House - Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site has a large museum collection consisting of thousands of objects, many of which are not regularly displayed in the house's furnished exhibit rooms. Every month, an object will be featured on this page, providing a look at an unusual piece from the collection.
Many of Sumner's personal possessions were willed to Longfellow, including bronze and marble sculptures that can be viewed in the Longfellow House today. The ribbon pictured above was kept by Longfellow as a memento of Sumner's funeral. It is a mourning ribbon, likely worn by Henry on the occasion. A small white card with an inscription written in Longfellow's hand is pinned to the ribbon and reads "Charles Sumner. March 16. 1874."
Did You Know?
Alice Longfellow, the poet's oldest daughter, was interested in women's education and was an influential figure in the founding of Radcliffe College.