Come and Hear about Pres Longley

Pres Longley, the Bard of Butte

Pres Longley, the Bard of Butte

The Annual Meeting of the Bidwell Mansion Association is coming up on Sunday January 26, and John Rudderow and I will be speaking on our book The Miner Poet: Poems of Pres Longley. There is a reception at 5:30 (cookies, coffee, and lemonade), and the meeting is at 6:00 p.m. After a short business meeting, we will be speaking and answering questions.

If you like poetry, if you are interested in local history, or if you want to know more about what it was like to be a Gold Rush miner, please come. Pres Longley, the poet of Helltown and the bard of Butte, was well-known in for his verse, which appeared in local newspapers. He knew John Bidwell pretty well and was sometimes a guest at the Mansion.

It was Joseph Kennedy, Annie Bidwell’s father, who asked Pres, “Does poetry pay?'” Pres thought about that a moment, and then replied:

Does poetry pay?
No, not in dollars and cents.
But it must be inferred
There is some recompense.

The recompense for Pres was friendship and conviviality, a tale well-told and the occasional pie. If you would like to know more about our own miner poet, join us at Bidwell Mansion Visitor’s Center on January 26.

About nancyleek

Nancy is a retired librarian who lives in Chico, California. She is the author of John Bidwell: The Adventurous Life of a California Pioneer.
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