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Warrior Writers Poetry Reading and Book Launch
Nearly 100 people gathered on the east lawn of Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters NHS on June 18 for an evening of powerful, poignant poetry sponsored by Warrior Writers, a Philadelphia-based organization that provides opportunities for the creative community and artistic expression among veterans.
For the past two months, one such group of local veterans has been participating in a writing workshop series in the Longfellow Carriage House in order to share their stories with their community and help bridge the gap between veterans and civilians. The workshop culminated in this public reading, featuring renowned poets Bruce Weigl, Brian Turner, and Fred Marchant, as well as several of the veterans who participated in the Carriage House workshop. Warrior Writers also presented its self-titled fourth anthology, which features the writing and artwork of more than 70 veterans who have served in the military since the Vietnam era, including 15 from the Boston area.
Learn more about Warrior Writers.
New Junior Ranger Booklet Available!
The site has developed a new Junior Ranger booklet for 10 - 16 year-olds. THE ROAD TO REVOLUTION will take you on an exploration of the historic sites surrounding Longfellow House - Washington's Headquarters NHS and highlight the many changes happening in Cambridge in the days leading up to the American Revolution. You can pick up a copy of the booklet in the Visitor Center, or download it right here!
Longfellow House - Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site is pleased to announce the release of George Washington's Headquarters and Home - Cambridge, Massachusetts, a historic resource study dealing with George Washington's period of occupancy (July 1775 - April 1776) of the house at 105 Brattle Street. The report is the result of a four year effort by independent scholar J. L. Bell, under contract to the National Park Service, to research the people, activities, and events related to the mansion on Brattle Street during the nine months that George Washington resided there and made it his headquarters for commanding the Continental Army and conducting the Siege of Boston. The report covers the subject in great detail, and has already proven to be a valuable resource for staff at the site, as well as for other scholars and researchers.
An electronic version of the report is available for download by clicking here (.pdf file, 5.61 MB). Due to extremely limited supply, printed copies are not currently available for general distribution.
Did You Know?
Henry W. Longfellow grew his beard to hide scars received as a result of a fire in 1861 that killed his wife Fanny and burned his neck and face.