Summer Doesn’t Slow Us Down

Longfellow Garden sundial, ca. 1930

In fact, it’s perhaps our busiest time. You all know about our longtime star of the summer season–the Longfellow House and Garden–but did you know that we’ve got a whole host of special features this year waiting in the wings? Programs and book talks, a special July 4 reading of the Declaration of Independence, and daily film showings, plus…

As many are anxiously anticipating, a brand new museum exhibit sure to delight young, old, and in-between. Following a big kick-off reception for members on the evening of June 23, “Dressing Up, Standing Out, Fitting In: Identity and Adornment in Maine: 1750-1950,” opens to the public on Friday, June 24. The exhibit remains up through May 27, 2012. If you like clothes, and the accoutrements that go with them, don’t miss this exhibit!

Here’s the summary scoop on all the rest of what’s going on. Check our website for further details.

Friday, June 24, 9-11am: Hands-on Historic Gardening Workshop (registration required: 774-1822)

Friday, July 1, 5-8pm: First Friday Art Walk at MHS: Images of the Longfellow Garden

Dunlap Declaration of Independence, 1776. One of only 26 copies known to have survived from the original printing in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776.

Monday, July 4, 12pm: Reading: Declaration of Independence with former State Representative Herb Adams

Tuesday, July 12, 12pm: Book Talk: City By the Sea with Author John Moon

Tuesday, July 19, 12pm: Book Talk: Deering: A Social and Architectural History with Historian Bill Barry

Tuesday, July 26, 12pm: Screening: Rapid River Races, 1940 with Paddler and Author Zip Kellogg

Tuesday, August 2, 12pm: Book Talk: Portland’s Greatest Conflagration: The 1866 Fire Disaster with authors Michael Daicy and Don Whitney

Tuesday, August 9, 12pm: Book Talk: It Hasteth Away with Author Randy Purinton

Plus, we mentioned those regular film screenings. They are:

Every Saturday at 2pm, from July 2 – September 3: The Dave Astor Show Visits Jordan’s Meats episode. This is the only surviving episode of Maine’s version of American Bandstand that ran from 1956-1971. Don’t miss this classic!

Each weekday at 2pm, from July 1 – September 2: Innocent Interlude, Scenes of Life in Portland, Maine 1940-41. Aerial shots, construction, downtown scenes, harbor views, snow-plowing, ice-skating, model-plane flying, and much, much more give viewers a wonderful sense of Maine’s biggest city a lifetime ago.

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