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Oakhurst Dairy Awards $2,500 to Maine Historical Society for Children's Gate in the Longfellow Garden

October 30, 2009

Portland, ME – Maine Historical Society (MHS) is pleased to announce it has been awarded $2,500 from Oakhurst Dairy. The result of a grant application, the award will help support the re-building of the Children’s Gate in the Longfellow Garden.

The Children’s Gate was designed by the architect Alexander Wadsworth Longfellow to honor his Uncle Henry’s famous affection for children. Installed soon after the original library opened in 1907, it helped connect the Longfellow House with the library. By the 1960s it was dilapidated and removed. MHS has embarked on a special $100,000 fundraising campaign to restore the Children’s Gate, one of the garden’s most important historical features.

“The Longfellow Garden is a wonderful retreat in the heart of Portland, appreciated by all who work in or visit our city,” noted Priscilla Bennett Doucette, chairperson of Oakhurst Dairy’s Charitable Giving Committee. “Our grandmother, Blanche Huston Bennett, was a longtime member of the Longfellow Garden Club, and we are pleased to direct this contribution to something that was near and dear to her heart.”

Oakhurst is northern New England’s truly local brand of milk. As the region’s largest independent dairy company, Oakhurst is committed to the health and wellbeing of the community and the environment. For 88 years and three generations, the Bennett family has stood behind every glass of Oakhurst milk, contributing 10% of profits to local organizations that promote healthy kids and a healthy environment – just another reason to choose Oakhurst, The Natural Goodness of Maine. For more information, visit

Maine Historical Society is the third oldest state historical society in the nation, incorporated in 1822, just after Maine achieved statehood. Located in downtown Portland, the Maine Historical Society is comprised of the Longfellow House and Garden, the MHS Museum, the Brown Library, and the Maine Memory Network website, a statewide online museum and archive. The 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. For more information, visit

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