In the collections of Longfellow House today is a yellow evening gown of a style fashionable in the late 1850s. Curators believe that it was worn by Fanny Appleton Longfellow, the poet’s wife, in the last years of her life. This garment requires careful conservation before the House can put it on display, even for limited periods. As a tribute to Fanny Longfellow, we have agreed to fund that conservation work and are raising funds to defray the cost. 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.