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The Davis Family Foundation Awards $20,000 to Maine Historical Society Towards Longfellow Garden Restoration

July 22, 2009

Portland, ME – Maine Historical Society is pleased to announce it has been awarded $20,000 from the Davis Family Foundation. The result of a grant application, the award will help support the restoration of the Longfellow Garden, the final component of the Society’s nearly completed $9.5 million campaign to renovate and expand its library. Located behind the Longfellow House and adjacent to the Brown Library at MHS, the 20,000 square foot garden was demolished in 2007 to provide construction access.

“Once again, the garden is an oasis away from trucks, traffic, and the bustle of downtown Portland for anyone who visits,” notes Richard D’Abate, Executive Director of MHS. “The 120 foot-long brick retaining wall has been completely rebuilt as it was before construction, and the paths, flowerbeds, a fountain and a birdbath have been reestablished to their original configuration.”

Located on what had once been the domestic farmyard for the Wadsworth Longfellow family, the Longfellow Garden Club created the garden in 1926 - a Colonial Revival design by landscape architect Myron Lamb. Following preservation standards and Lamb’s detailed drawings, the character and the historic significance of the garden have been preserved. The garden is open free to the public daily May – October.

The Davis Family Foundation is a public charitable foundation established by Phyllis C. Davis and H. Halsey Davis of Falmouth, Maine, to support educational, medical and cultural/arts organizations located primarily in Maine. For more information, contact: 207-781-5504;

Maine Historical Society preserves the heritage and history of Maine: the stories of Maine people, the traditions of Maine communities, and the record of Maine’s place in a changing world.

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