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Celebrate Longfellow’s Birthday This Saturday

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow of Cambridge

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow of Cambridge

This Saturday, Feb. 27th is Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s birthday.  Longfellow was born on Feb. 27, 1807.  He lived for many years in Cambridge on Brattle Street and is buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery.

Mount Auburn Cemetery is celebrating the Cambridge poet’s birthday with an event that also marks this year’s 150th anniversary of Longfellow’s poem “Paul Revere’s Ride”.

Longfellow wrote the poem in 1860 and it was published in the January 1861 issue of The Atlantic Monthly.  “Listen my children and you shall hear of the midnight ride of Paul Revere …”, the poem has long been a favorite of school children who learn a version substantially shorter than the original.

The poem was also a favorite of the late Ted Kennedy who narrated the poem for the Boston Landmarks Orchestra’s premiere of “Paul Revere’s Ride”.

The birthday celebration at Mount Auburn at the Story Chapel will include a multi-media presentation of Kennedy’s narration.  Coffee and tea will be served at 9:30 a.m. Following the presentation a wreath will be laid at Longfellow’s grave, and then birthday cake will be served at the Chapel.

Admission is free.

The Longfellow birthday celebration will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. at Story Chapel, Mount Auburn Cemetery. 580 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA.

For information call 617-601-1981.

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