Whitman 200 Festival: May 23 - June 3, 2019

The Walt Whitman 200 Festival celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War. Over the course of twelve days, this city-wide celebration will emphasize the poet’s continuing influence on American culture and the city’s culture, and showcase the themes closest to the poet’s heart: unity, democracy, and healing. With events in all of DC’s eight wards, the festival includes multiple opportunities for residents to engage with Whitman’s legacy through readings, discussions, workshops, family events, exhibits, and more.

The Walt Whitman 200 Festival is sponsored by HumanitiesDC, in cooperation with the Whitman 2019 Consortium


Whitman 200: Whitman Bicentennial Display

Library of Congress
Thru Aug. 15

Whitman 200: Whitman, Neruda, Ginsberg

Politics and Prose
Fri. May 24

Whitman 200: Walt Whitman Meditation

Friends Meeting of Washington
Sat. May 25

Whitman 200: Songs of Ourselves

All Souls Church Unitarian
Sun. May 26

Whitman 200: Whitman Humanitini

Busboys & Poets @ 14th & V
Tue. May 28

Whitman 200: Dearest Queerest Body Electric

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Thu. May 30

Whitman 200: Civil War Medicine in Washington

Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum
Thu. May 30

Whitman 200: Walt Birthday Concert and Poetry Reading

Arts Club of Washington
Fri. May 31

Whitman 200: Poetry Films

Fri. May 31

Whitman 200: Poetry Hike – Walt Whitman

Rock Creek Park
Sat. Jun 1

Whitman 200: Introductory Lecture and Workshop on Walt Whitman

George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
Sat. Jun 1

Whitman 200: A Bicentennial Celebration of Walt Whitman

Folger Shakespeare Library
Sat. Jun 1

Whitman 200: Walt Whitman’s Birthday Party

Library of Congress
Sat. Jun 1

Whitman 200: Walt Whitman Open House

Library of Congress
Mon. Jun 3

Whitman 200: Book Discussion of Specimen Days by Michael Cunningham

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Mon. Jun 3
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