Date(s) - 04/12//2014
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
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).