Date(s) - 04/12//2014
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church
Walt Whitman and Civil War Washington Literary Walking Tour, led by Kim Roberts. Sponsored by Cedar Lane Unitarian Church Adult Programs. Whitman came to DC in 1862 to volunteer as a nurse in the Civil War hospitals. He stayed ten years, working as a government clerk, writing poems and frontline journalism, and having experiences that would change him profoundly. Learn about his boarding houses and work places, re-imagine an earlier city of unpaved streets and wandering pigs, find out how DC changed from a small town to a major city during the war, and talk about why Whitman is considered America’s national poet. Tour takes 2 hours and meets rain or shine. Meet at the Jackson Statue in the middle of Lafayette Park (nearest Metro: MacPherson Square); tour ends at Archives Metro. Wear comfortable shoes and carry water. Advance registration required. $20 fee ($35 for two tours, if you sign up for the Harlem Renaissance Tour at the same time).