Walt Whitman Association – 200th Birthday Celebration

Image Credit: J. Sokol, 1980

May 29th, 2019


On May 29th the Walt Whitman Association will be ringing in the 200th birthday of Walt Whitman with our time-honored Annual Walt Whitman Birthday Celebration and the regional Walt Whitman High School Poetry Contest awards ceremony. This year’s reception and recitation of the winning poems will be held at the Rutgers University-Camden Stedman Gallery, and guests will be joined by Walt himself, portrayed by historian Darrel Ford. The celebration begins at 5pm and will feature poetry readings, cake, and punch. This will also coincide with the opening of the Rutgers’ exhibition Democratic Vistas: Whitman Body and Soul, a contemporary survey of art inspired by the Good Gray Poet. We look forward to seeing you there!

The City Of Camden Celebrates America’s “Poet of Democracy” In Honor Of Walt Whitman’s 200th Birthday

Image credit: Walt Whitman Association

Friday, May 31, 2019


On May 31st the City of Camden along with the Walt Whitman House Historic Site will kick-off Walt Whitman’s 200th Birthday Celebration in Camden, NJ.  The event will take place in front of Whitman’s former home at 328 Mickle/Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and will celebrate the achievements of the world-renowned poet.  The program, which will focus on Whitman’s time in Camden as well as the history of Camden in relation to the historic site, will include guest speakers, a poetry reading, and musical selections, along with a ceremonial proclamation presentation by Camden Mayor Frank Moran commemorating Whitman’s 200th Birthday.

For more information, call the City of Camden at (856) 757-7200 or the Walt Whitman House (856) 964-5383

Visit us at www.ci.camden.nj.us orhttps://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/historic/whitman/index.html

How Sweet the Silent Backward Tracings! Preserving the Memory of America’s Good Gray Poet Through Materials, Meetings, and More

Image credit: Ohio Wesleyan University, Bayley Collection

Special Exhibit by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 through Saturday, July 13, 2019

The Memory of Walt Whitman lives on in the 21st century through various venues: annual celebrations, living history actors, academic journals, sculptures in his likeness, and more.  This exhibition, in conjunction with the 200th anniversary of Walt Whitman’s birth, will examine the events, publications, artworks, and other forms of media through which the memory of the Good Gray Poet is immortalized – many of which take place right here in Camden.

Location: Paul Robeson Library, Rutgers University-Camden at 300 North 4th Street, Camden, NJ 08102


Opening Reception: Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking
Image credit: Camden FireWorks Gallery

Exhibition at Camden FireWorks Gallery

Sunday, May 19, 2019


This exhibition of works by artist Joe Plageman features paintings depicting each line of Whitman’s poem, “Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking” along with other works. The opening reception on May 19 will feature a live reading of the poem while viewing images of the corresponding paintings.

Location: Camden FireWorks Gallery at 1813 Broadway, Camden, New Jersey

Walt Whitman House Legacy Tours

Whitman’s House on Mickle Street, Camden, NJ, circa 1890. Library of Congress

May 22, 2019 – June 9, 2019

In the weeks surrounding the birthday, the Walt Whitman House Historic Site will be hosting special “Legacy” tours that focus on the work that Whitman created while living in Camden, as well as the history of Camden in relation to the historic site. The tours will explore his diary jottings in Specimen Days and his ruminations on the growth of America in With Walt Whitman in Camden by his biographer Horace TraubelThe compilation volume Specimen Days and Collect was assembled during his time in Camden, and illustrates Whitman’s experiences and opinions of his life’s work.

These special tours will be by appointment only, and we expect them to fill up quickly so we encourage those interested to call ahead to secure a spot on the tours. Tours will be held from 10:00am – 11:30am and 1:30pm – 3:00pm. Reservations can be made by calling(856) 964-5383.

Democratic Vistas: Whitman Body and Soul


Walt Whitman’s Tomb with marker, illustration by John Giannotti; Walt Whitman’s Garden Orb by Paul Stankard, 2018

May 29, 2019 through December 7, 2019

Rutgers Camden will be hosting “Democratic Vistas: Whitman Body and Soul,” a survey of contemporary art relating to the life and work of Walt Whitman. The exhibition will include work by a variety of artists from all over the country, including sculptor John Giannotti and glass artist Paul Stankard, reflecting on his view of a changing America and dreams for an egalitarian society. The opening of the exhibition and the annual birthday celebration will take place on May 29th at 5pm at the Rutgers Stedman gallery. We hope to see you all there!