In 2017 we will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frances Appleton Longfellow, the poet’s second wife and the mother of his children. She was a well traveled, educated woman whose letters and journals informed her husband’s work and provide a valuable window into the family’s life. From 1843 to her tragic death by fire in 1861, Fanny Longfellow was the mistress of the big yellow house on Brattle Street.
In the collections of Longfellow House today is a yellow evening gown of a style fashionable in the late 1850s. It requires careful conservation before it can be put on display. As a tribute to Fanny Longfellow, we are raising funds for that project. If you wish to join in that effort, please hit the button below and donate whatever amount you choose.
If you would prefer to donate to the Friends’ general funds, which pay for all the other things we support—the poetry readings, musical concerts, and historic lectures; the research fellowships and publications; the lovely Longfellow Garden—please donate through the button below.
Of course you are welcome to donate in both ways! Through generous contributions from supporters like you, the Friends can continue to make Longfellow House–Washington’s Headquarters a resource for our community and our nation. Thank you.