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Two men surrounded by books in the basement archives, circa 1935
Longfellow grandson Harry Dana and secretary Bill Gedritis working in the early house archives, circa 1935.

Buildings and Grounds Photograph Collection (3008-2-15-6)

Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site has long been a beacon to learners. George Washington came to Cambridge to lead an army, but ended up learning valuable lessons about New England and its people, leadership, politics, and himself. The house's close proximity to Harvard University made it a prime location for boarders in the early 19th century including Josiah Quincy, Jared Sparks, Edward Everett, and Henry Longfellow. Beginning in 1843, Henry and Frances Longfellow, their family, and their friends created a vibrant center of culture and literature. Today, the National Park Service maintains the large collection of the Longfellow family's belongings and a working archives, serving researchers from all over the world.

This section of the website allows you to learn more about the park and its history. You will find information on some of the people and stories related to the house. Teachers can find information on education programs, planning a field trip, downloadable lesson plans, and professional development. Important news is posted regarding the house. For those of you unable to visit in person, explore the special places, including a virtual tour of the house. Images, both historic and recent, are posted in the photo gallery. Each month, our curator selects an Object of the Month from the collection for your enjoyment. Finally, there is information available regarding the management of the park and laws in effect within its boundaries.

Last updated: February 27, 2018

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