Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Longfellow Stamp Nationwide First Day Event

The Maine Historical Society celebrated the national first day of issue of the new Henry Wadsworth Longfellow stamp on March 15. The event commemorated the release of the U.S. Postal Service stamp honoring Longfellow, the 23rd honoree in theLiterary Arts series. A ceremony marking the issue, including presentations, readings, and music was held at the Historical Society.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) is one of America's most recognized and best-loved poets. He had a major impact on American culture andliterature, and his words, characters, images, and ideas fill our languageand cultural landscape to this day.
This year, 2007, marks the 200thanniversary of Longfellow's birth. Maine Historical Society is celebrating the life and achievements of the boy from Maine who became America's most beloved poet. Throughout 2007, Maine Historical Society and organizations around Maine will be hosting exhibits, lectures, trips, programs, and other events that explore Longfellow's poetry and legacy. For a full calendar ofevents and details, visit: www.hwlongfellow.org.


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