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Event: Precious and Adored: The Love Letters of Rose Cleveland and Evangeline Simpson Whipple

Presented by: Maine Historical Society
, Portland

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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. Maine Historical Society is the third oldest historical society in the United States. Maine Historical Society is located on a one-acre campus in the heart of downtown Portland. It is comprised of the Longfellow House, home of 19th-century poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; the Brown Library; the MHS Museum and Shop; and the Maine Memory Network, a statewide digital museum. Restored to the 1850s, the Longfellow House was the childhood home of renowned 19th century poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Built in 1785-86 by the poet's grandfather, General Peleg Wadsworth, the house is one of the oldest brick structures on Portland's peninsula. Guided tours of the house, decorated with original furnishings and family memorabilia, offer a unique glimpse into the life of the poet and his family, as well as into the cultural and social history of 19th century Portland. Longfellow's poetry and the context of his work are woven throughout the presentation. Admission includes entrance to the museum exhibit of Maine history at the Maine Historical Society. During the warmer months, visitors are also invited to stroll through the lovely Longfellow Garden. Group Tour Information: * Group rates for 2011/2012 Season are $7.00 per person with 2 comps. * Coaches are asked to discharge passengers at the bus stop on Congress Street after Brown Street where they will be met by Maine Historical Society staff. Staff can assist with vans needing wheel chair access at Brown Street sidewalk ramp. * A $25 non-refundable deposit is required. A credit card payment option is also available. If you need to cancel your reservation, a 24 hour notice would be appreciated. Please call 207-774-1822 to make arrangements.


Book Talk & Signing with Tilly Laskey Join Tilly Laskey for a fascinating talk of her newly launched PRECIOUS AND ADORED: The Love Letters of Rose Cleveland and Evangeline Simpson Whipple, 1890–1918. Co-edited with Lizzie Ehrenhalt, with a Foreword by Lillian Faderman, the book presents captivating letters, published in their entirety, that document nearly 30 years of love between two women of the Gilded Age.

In 1890, Rose Cleveland, sister of President Grover Cleveland, began writing to Evangeline Simpson, a wealthy widow who would become the second wife of Henry Whipple, Minnesota's Episcopal bishop. The women corresponded across states and continents, discussing their advocacy and humanitarian work—and demonstrating their sexual attraction, romance, and partnership. In 1910, after Evangeline Whipple was again widowed, the two women sailed to Italy and began a life together.

After Rose Cleveland's death, Evangeline Whipple described her as "my precious and adored life-long friend." This collection, rare in its portrayal of nineteenth-century LGBTQ history, brings their poignant story back to life.

“The letters in Precious and Adored re-create the story of one of the most remarkable love relationships between women in American history. Lizzie Ehrenhalt and Tilly Laskey have done scholars as well as general readers a great service in gathering these letters and providing indispensable context for them through thoughtful and informative introductions and skillful annotations.” ~ Lillian Faderman.

Free and open to the public; 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

About the author: Tilly Laskey is a museum curator specializing in Native art and culture. She first encountered Evangeline Whipple and Rose Cleveland in 2004, while curating the Bishop Whipple American Indian collection at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Since then, she has tracked Evangeline Whipple’s footsteps, helping to inform the content of PRECIOUS AND ADORED. A Maine native, Tilly has curated at nationally-recognized museums in Maine, Minnesota and South Dakota. She was awarded the prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in 2011, allowing her to travel to Italy and spend time in the homes and haunts of Cleveland and Whipple in Bagni di Lucca. In 2014, Tilly joined MHS where she serves as Outreach Curator.
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Book Talk & Signing with Tilly Laskey Join Tilly Laskey for a fascinating talk of her newly launched PRECIOUS AND ADORED: The Love Letters of Rose Cleveland and Evangeline Simpson Whipple, 1890–1918. Co-edited with Lizzie Ehrenhalt, with a Foreword by Lillian Faderman, the book presents captivating letters, published in their entirety, that document nearly 30 years of love between two women of the Gilded Age.

In 1890, Rose Cleveland, sister of President Grover Cleveland, began writing to Evangeline Simpson, a wealthy widow who would become the second wife of Henry Whipple, Minnesota's Episcopal bishop. The women corresponded across states and continents, discussing their advocacy and humanitarian work—and demonstrating their sexual attraction, romance, and partnership. In 1910, after Evangeline Whipple was again widowed, the two women sailed to Italy and began a life together.

After Rose Cleveland's death, Evangeline Whipple described her as "my precious and adored life-long friend." This collection, rare in its portrayal of nineteenth-century LGBTQ history, brings their poignant story back to life.

“The letters in Precious and Adored re-create the story of one of the most remarkable love relationships between women in American history. Lizzie Ehrenhalt and Tilly Laskey have done scholars as well as general readers a great service in gathering these letters and providing indispensable context for them through thoughtful and informative introductions and skillful annotations.” ~ Lillian Faderman.

Free and open to the public; 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

About the author: Tilly Laskey is a museum curator specializing in Native art and culture. She first encountered Evangeline Whipple and Rose Cleveland in 2004, while curating the Bishop Whipple American Indian collection at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Since then, she has tracked Evangeline Whipple’s footsteps, helping to inform the content of PRECIOUS AND ADORED. A Maine native, Tilly has curated at nationally-recognized museums in Maine, Minnesota and South Dakota. She was awarded the prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in 2011, allowing her to travel to Italy and spend time in the homes and haunts of Cleveland and Whipple in Bagni di Lucca. In 2014, Tilly joined MHS where she serves as Outreach Curator.
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