THE

GREAT HEROES

AND LEGENDS

OF HENRY

WADSWORTH

LONGFELLOW

The fun started with a birthday poetry celebration February 27, 2010!

Longfellow Big Read

Events Calendar

Book discussion groups are highlighted in red.  Free anthologies and NEA Reader's Guides were made available at all events.  All titles are on sale at the Wayside Inn Gift Shop.

Wayside Inn: Longfellow Wine Dinner

February 26, 2010 (Friday) 6:30pm; $60 per person

Wayside Inn: Longfellow Birthday Party

February 27, 2010 (Saturday) 3:00-5:00pm

Free cake and books when you sign up for book discussion groups! Prepare for the celebration with the Birthday Celebration Packet!

Wayside Inn: Book Discussion Group

March 3, 2010 (Wednesday) 7:00pm

Discussion: Excerpts from Paul Revere, Evangeline, Hiawatha, and Miles Standish

Wayside Inn: Book Discussion Group

March 4, 2010 (Thursday) 10:00-11:00am

Discussion: Excerpts from Paul Revere, Evangeline, Hiawatha, and Miles Standish

Marlborough Public Library: The French-Acadian Migration to Massachusetts

March 9, 2010 (Tuesday) 7:00pm

The story behind Longfellow's Evangeline.

Goodnow Library Film Event

March 10, 2010 (Wednesday) 7:00pm

Silent movie classic Evangeline with Delores Del Rio (1929)

Wayside Inn: Lecture

Often I Think: Longfellow's Early Years in Portland, Maine

March 16, 2010 (Tuesday) 7:00pm

Carolin Collins, Director of Education at the Maine Historical Society

Goodnow Library Film Event

March 17, 2010 (Wednesday) 7:00pm

"Expulsion: The Story of Acadia"

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation documentary of the 1755 expulsion of the Acadians from Nova Scotia

Wayside Inn: Book Discussion Group

March 23, 2010 (Tuesday) 7:00pm

Discussion: Longfellow's Greatest Hits, excerpts from Paul Revere, Evangeline, Hiawatha, and Miles Standish, in preparation for Sudbury Savoyards event.

Wayside Inn: Dinner Theater

Longfellow's Greatest Tales

March 26, 2010 (Friday) 6:15pm

Featuring the Sudbury Savoyards; $69 per person

Wayside Inn: Book Discussion Group

March 29, 2010 (Monday) 7:00pm

Discussion: Pilgrims and Patriots: Paul Revere and Miles Standish. Great Massachusetts legends in preparation for Patriots Day activities.

Wayside Inn: Afternoon Tea

Fireside Discussion of Longfellow's Tales

April 6, 2010 (Tuesday) 4:00pm

Longfellow biographer Charles Calhoun

Wayside Inn Film Event

Thomas Edison's 1914 Film "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere"

April 8, 2010 (Thursday) 7:00pm

Patrick Leehey, Paul Revere House

Wayside Inn: Afternoon Tea

Fireside Discussion of Longfellow's Tales

April 13, 2010 (Tuesday) 4:00pm

Longfellow biographer Charles Calhoun

Marlboro Public Library: Book Discussion

April 13, 2010 (Tuesday) 7:00pm

Discussion: Longfellow's Greatest Hits, including The Song of Hiawatha led by Longfellow biographer Charles Calhoun. Preparation for Michael Maglaras event April 18.

Wayside Inn: Lecture

The History of the Wedgwood Company

April 14, 2010 (Wednesday) 7:00pm

An evening lecture by Ron Frazier of the Wedgwood Society of Boston.

Wayside Inn: Dramatic Reading of

The Song of Hiawatha

April 18, 2010 (Sunday) 4:00-5:00pm

A dramatically beautiful reading of excerpts by Michael Maglaras.

Wayside Inn: Brunch and Lecture

Patriot’s Day Brunch and Read of the Midnight Ride of Paul Revere

April 19, 2010 (Monday) 10:30am

Wayside Inn: Lecture

The Courtship of Miles Standish

April 28, 2010 (Wednesday) 7:00pm

James Baker, Plymouth Historian and retired Curator of the Alden House Historic Site in Duxbury, MA.

Garden in the Woods: Family Event

Hiawatha Day

May 2, 2010 (Sunday) 1:00-4:00pm

Family activities, music, and poetry readings at the New England Wildflower Society / Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA

Bearly Read Books Children's Event

Read-Aloud for Children

May 11, 2010 (Tuesday) 10:30-11:30am

Family activities, music, and poetry readings at the New England Wildflower Society / Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA

Marlborough Public Library: Book Discussion Group

May 11, 2010 (Tuesday) 7:00pm

Discussion: The Courtship of Miles Standish

Wayside Inn: Boy Scout Campover

May 14-May 16 2010

The Inn is hosting Scouts from Caldwell, NJ interested in earning their historic preservation badges while learning about Longfellow and Paul Revere. Event open to Sudbury-area Scout troops only. Call 508/308-1849 for more information.

Bearly Read Books

May 27, 2010 (Thursday) 7pm

Closing event to wrap up discussion of Longfellow's Greatest Hits.

Exhibits

Ongoing Exhibits

The "Longfellow Series of Wedgwood Plates" exhibit is open for public display starting in February 2010.

Sudbury Senior Center

Longfellow's Life and Legends

April 6, 13, 20 (Tuesdays) 2:00-3:00pm

Lifelong learning class led by Longfellow biographer Charles Calhoun. Space is limited. Register with the Sudbury Senior Center at 978-443-3055.

Longfellow's Wayside Inn has been honored to host another community-wide read of the poems of this country's greatest poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  The 2010 Longfellow Big Read explored The Great Heroes and Legends of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow from Paul Revere and Miles Standish to Evangeline and Hiawatha.  The stories are compelling and their impact on North American culture has been indelible and undeniable.

In 2010, our Big Read went national, with other Big Read communities choosing to read Longfellow from Longfellow's birthday on February 27, 2010 to the end of May 2010. We had the Caldwell Public Library in Caldwell, New Jersey share their fun with us. We extended the Big Read fun beyond Sudbury this year as well and welcome our collaborators in Marlborough and Framingham: the Marlboro Public Schools, Framingham Adult ESL, and the New England Wildflower Society.

We had a lot of exciting events as you can see from the events listing to the right!!!

Click here to read about the 2010 Longfellow Big Read in the Sudbury Town Crier.

About the Longfellow Big Read ...

in 2008, Longfellow’s Wayside Inn was honored to be the first grant recipient in a pilot initiative created by the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Poetry Foundation to celebrate great American poets and the nation’s historic poetry locales. From Longfellow’s birthday on February 27, 2008, to Patriot’s Day, April 19, 2008, the Wayside Inn sponsored a community read of the works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Public events began at the Martha-Mary Chapel at the Wayside Inn on February 27th with Dana Gioia, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, speaking on the poet’s life and works. Events were held at the Wayside Inn as well as at the Goodnow Library, the Sudbury Public Schools, and the Sudbury Senior Center.

Our goal is to reenergize community interest in the importance of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow as this country’s greatest poet and to publicize Longfellow's Tales of a Wayside Inn within the larger context of all of Longfellow’s works. Programming includes book discussions, lectures, classes, and special events that can bring the readers together for the enjoyment of historic poetry

Check out the Upcoming Events calendar to the right for an overview of what the scheduled events were, or the more detailed Events page.

Website Resources

This website offers a wide range of resources to help you learn more about the life and poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

The Book Discussion Group page lists resources for group leaders and participants who want to learn more about Longfellow. This page lists titles suitable for adults, young adults, and children. We encourage everyone to read Longfellow during their lunch hour, to their families at night, before the start of community meetings, and together at one of the many book discussion groups that we will hold.

Teacher Resources include the Reader’s Guides and Teacher's Guides that were made available to all program participants.


We hope that everyone enjoy reading and learning about Longfellow and his works. To that end copies of Dover Thrift Editions as well as the other recommended Longfellow titles are available at the Wayside Inn Giftshop. Please help support the ongoing historic preservation of the oldest Inn in the country by buying your Longfellow books at the Inn!

We hope that you will explore the resources we have made available on this site: read the poem of the week and don’t forget to browse the audio files in our online audio library of Longfellow recordings. Because our goal was to make Longfellow accessible to everyone, all lecture events were recorded and broadcast on Sudbury Cable.  The Goodnow Library in Sudbury has a full set of recordings available of the 2008 events. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



NEA

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest.

The Sudbury Foundation has generously provided the matching support that makes the Longfellow Big Read program possible.

For more information on The Big Read, visit www.neabigread.org.