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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and walks in the woods

posted: , by Abraham Schechter
tags: Library Collections | Adults | Kids & Families | Seniors | Art & Culture | Portland History

Among many Maine authors’ works available for reading in the Portland Room are those of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. As well, among resources to explore and learn from about Longfellow in the library are photographs- such as the one immediately below. The photo- from our Archives- was taken circa 1910, at Longfellow Square. Congress Street is at right, and State Street at left.

Longfellow was fond of hearty walks- and would walk from downtown Portland to the Portland Head Light. His sonnet (below) called “My Cathedral” appears here from the Riverside Press’ edition, from 1892.

If you are interested in finding your own favorite local trail, visit the Portland Trails web site, which includes maps and guides.

The image below was recently taken by the archivist, just north of Portland, at Bradbury Mountain State Park.

Happy strolling!


John James Audubon and bird-watching

posted: , by Abraham Schechter
tags: Library Collections | Adults | Kids & Families | Seniors | Art & Culture | Portland History | Science & Technology

Here is a plate from the Portland Room’s edition of Audubon’s Birds of America. This major illustrated work has been reprinted many times, and there are newer editions in the circulating collections that can be borrowed.

For further browsing- and visiting- Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm Center, located just north of Portland, is at this site: http://www.maineaudubon.org/explore/centers/gilsland.shtml. The Center includes trails and a gallery.


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