Walt Whitman Birthplace Association

Walt Whitman Birthplace Association In 1819, Walt Whitman was born at a farmhouse in West Hills built by his father circa 1810. The Birthplace was restored in 2001 and it is a fine example of native Long Island craftsmanship.
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Birthplace of Walt Whitman on May 31, 1819. The site is operated by the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association. WWBA is Walt Whitman’s voice today, celebrating the poet’s vision of democracy, diversity, and creativity. Our programs and exhibits educate the public on Whitman’s life and times, explore his contribution to our nation’s rich cultural heritage, and inspire young poets and writers. FEATURES
Things to do at the Walt Whitman Birthplace:

Newly restored farmhouse, birthplace of America’s greatest poet, built c.1819 by Whitman’s father. New York State Historic Site, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Nineteenth century furnishings, unusual architecture. Interpretive Center exhibits: 130 Whitman portraits, original letters, manuscripts, artifacts, Whitman’s voice on tape, and schoolmaster’s desk. Guided tours, audio-visual show, library, museum shop/bookstore, and picnic area. Maps available for auto/hiking tour of beautiful historic West Hills. Air-conditioned Visitors Center and restrooms. All facilities handicapped accessible. Poetry readings, lectures, concerts, special events year round. Audio-visual programs

Educational services

Gift shop

Group tours (Reservations required)

Guided tours

Historic House

Interpretive Signs

Picnicking

Visitor Center/Museum

Hiking (On the Walt Whitman Trail)

Operating as usual

FYI: Our friends at the Walt Whitman Initiative are hosting a poster contest for their 18th annual "Song of Myself" Mara...
04/08/2021

FYI: Our friends at the Walt Whitman Initiative are hosting a poster contest for their 18th annual "Song of Myself" Marathon!
Please contact them directly with your submissions.
#waltwhitman #waltwhitmanbirthplace #waltwhitmaninitiative #postercontest #songofmyselfmarathon

04/07/2021
Speaking With Poets: In Conversation with Martin Espada

Indran Amirthanayagam will lead our upcoming discussion about the U. S., race, and James Baldwin: The Fire THIS Time. Here's his discussion with poet Martin Espada.
#waltwhitman #waltwhitmanbirthplace Indran Amirthanayagam #martinespada #poetry
https://youtu.be/3dOJTXmPf9k

For The Poetry Channel Indran Amirthanayagam presents a new episode of "Speaking With Poets":In Conversation with Martín Espada about Floaters (W.W. Norton,...

We've got events coming up all through April!Walking With Whitman ReadingO Captain! My Captain! History and Literature D...
04/04/2021

We've got events coming up all through April!
Walking With Whitman Reading
O Captain! My Captain! History and Literature Discussion
The Fire THIS Time Reading and Discussion Series
Corona Anthology Poetry Reading
Virtual Tour of WWBA and the Pollock-Krasner Studio plus a chance to pen a poem
#waltwhitman #waltwhitmanbirthplace #museumathome #ocaptainmycaptain #lincoln #po***ck #krasner #baldwin #longisland #poetryreading #walkingwithwhitman
Find them all by clicking this link: https://www.waltwhitman.org/zoom-upcoming-and-past-events/

Walt Whitman was a big baseball fan! ⚾️ He even wrote about it in Leaves of Grass and reported about a game between the ...
04/01/2021

Walt Whitman was a big baseball fan! ⚾️ He even wrote about it in Leaves of Grass and reported about a game between the Atlantic and Putnam Clubs for the Brooklyn Daily Times in 1858. We hope that today’s baseball fans are enjoying Opening Day! 🦋

#waltwhitman #openingday #baseball #newyork #ny #huntingtonny #longisland #museum #museumfromhome #poet #sportreporter #reporter #brooklyn #newspaper #history #mlb #didyouknow #funfacts #baseballlife⚾️ #sportshistory

Roses are red.Violets are blue.Sugar is sweet.And it's National Poetry Month, too!#waltwhitman #waltwhitmanbirthplace #n...
04/01/2021

Roses are red.
Violets are blue.
Sugar is sweet.
And it's National Poetry Month, too!

#waltwhitman #waltwhitmanbirthplace #npm2021 #nationalpoetrymonth #nationalpoetrymonth2021

We love the @uspostalservice stamp artwork the very talented @rachelannwentworth sent to us! 💌 We had the USPS First Day...
03/31/2021

We love the @uspostalservice stamp artwork the very talented @rachelannwentworth sent to us! 💌 We had the USPS First Day of Issue Ceremony at the Birthplace in 2019 and things have come full circle with the addition of these two spectacular drawings being mailed to us for our archive. Thank you, Rachel! 🦋

Thanks to WWBA Administrator @sophia_tarin for capturing these fun photos back when there was still snow on the ground! ❄️

We are always excited to be tagged in Walt inspired artworks 📚💜

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Here's an exciting fellowship opportunity with Walt Whitman Initiative.#walthwhitmaninitiative #waltwhitman
03/31/2021
Walt Whitman Initiative

Here's an exciting fellowship opportunity with Walt Whitman Initiative.

#walthwhitmaninitiative #waltwhitman

Dear Friends-
Please spread the word about this new Fellowship program devoted to the study of Walt Whitman's legacy!

The Walt Whitman Initiative (WWI) invites applications for a fellowship program to encourage new research on Walt Whitman and his cultural legacy and to mentor a promising, public-minded scholar pursuing a career in the humanities. The fellowship will be available to graduate students and/or graduating seniors (college level and above) enrolled in a graduate program in the 2021-2022 academic year. Details about the fellowship can be found here.

Thank you!

Walt Whitman Initiative
http://waltwhitmaninitiative.org/about-2/

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03/26/2021

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03/25/2021
Rainer & Sapphire - Music Is the Medicine (Official Video) [Explicit]

We are delighted to share Rainer's newest musical release: Rainer & Sapphire - Music Is the Medicine. The very talented Pasca-Muuss family (Terri, Matt, Rainer, & Atticus) joined us for several poetry and music Zoom events last year. They brought us so much joy with their performances in the beginning of the quarantine! Here, Rainer shares a very positive outlook on healing one-year after the pandemic radically changed our lives.
#waltwhitmanbirthplace #waltwhitman #poetry #MusicIsTheMedicine #musicvideo
https://youtu.be/FlPY4D-wPjA

The official music video for "Music Is the Medicine" by Rainer & Sapphire. Starring the Ace of Hearts, Angel Castillo, Jess Martuscello, Madison Fiebe Soto, ...

Alvaro de Campos was a poet influenced by Whitman. Also, he's one of the several heteronyms created by real life poet Fe...
03/22/2021
Álvaro de Campos | Poetry Foundation

Alvaro de Campos was a poet influenced by Whitman. Also, he's one of the several heteronyms created by real life poet Fernando Pessoa. Here's more: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/alvaro-de-campos

#waltwhitman #waltwhitmanbirthplace #alvarodecampos #FernandoPessoa

Álvaro de Campos's work appeared in Lisbon magazines between 1915 and 1935. Remembered mostly for his poetry, in his own day he was also celebrated—and maligned—for his scathing manifestos, outrageous remarks in interviews, and polemical essays, several of which sharply criticized the opinions ...

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03/19/2021

#waltwhitman #waltwhitmanbirthplace #whitmanmeme #batman

ICYMI: News 12 Long Island visited us!#waltwhitmanbirthplace #waltwhitman #museumtours #longisland #huntingtonny #news12...
03/18/2021
Take a trip back in time and celebrate the life and legacy of Walt Whitman

ICYMI: News 12 Long Island visited us!
#waltwhitmanbirthplace #waltwhitman #museumtours #longisland #huntingtonny #news12li
https://longisland.news12.com/take-a-trip-back-in-time-and-celebrate-the-life-and-legacy-of-walt-whitman?fbclid=IwAR12Fzpqng5yaiiNh74mGV28k7Ab72w4YcV9YosbxBn_xK9u106GZyL5lH8

Visit the home of America’s pioneering poet! We are taking a tour of the Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site on this Road Trip Close to Home.

FRIDAY is the last day to submit!! ⭐️ All students welcome from around the world - the ceremony is virtual this year. 🌎 ...
03/17/2021

FRIDAY is the last day to submit!! ⭐️ All students welcome from around the world - the ceremony is virtual this year. 🌎 Open call for submissions for our 35th Annual Student Poetry Awards! 🦋Students are invited to submit their free verse poetry via email by March 19th. The 2021 theme is "Lessons Learned". ✍️ See full guidelines for submitting on our website: WaltWhitman.org and go to "Schools" menu, then "2021 Student Poetry Contest". Good luck!

Whitman's poem below and 2022 WWBA Poet in Residence Natasha Tretheway's poem "History Lesson" are inspiration for this year's theme!

Have you learn’d lessons only of those who admired you, and were tender with you, and stood aside for you?

Have you not learn’d the great lessons of those who reject you, and brace themselves against you? or who treat you with contempt, or dispute the passage with you?

-Walt Whitman, “Leaves of Grass” (1881-1882)

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03/16/2021

#waltwhitman #waltwhitmanbirthplace #whitmanquotes #museumathome

The wonderful Elisa DiStefano  @elisadistefanotv visited us during her @news12li road trip!! 🦋 Get an inside look at the...
03/15/2021

The wonderful Elisa DiStefano @elisadistefanotv visited us during her @news12li road trip!! 🦋 Get an inside look at the museum with Elisa and plan your visit with us!! We are OPEN for tours! Wed-Fri: 1PM-4PM and Sat & Sun: 11AM-4PM **We have virtual events too**🎉

https://bronx.news12.com/take-a-trip-back-in-time-and-celebrate-the-life-and-legacy-of-walt-whitman

#tour #news12 #waltwhitman #news12li #longisland #thingstodo #history #huntington #huntingtonny #newyork #tourist #visit #fun #museum #education #learning #fun #vacation #writer #poet #leavesofgrass

We are always excited to share the rich history and literature of Walt Whitman here on Long Island! Our doors are open, ...
03/12/2021

We are always excited to share the rich history and literature of Walt Whitman here on Long Island! Our doors are open, and we are ready to welcome you. Thanks News 12 Long Island and Elisa DiStefano!
#waltwhitmanbirthplace #waltwhitman #museumtours #longisland #huntingtonny #nyhistoricsite

✨”Keep your face always toward the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you” ~ Walt Whitman ☀️✨
If you are looking for something to do this weekend, I loved this week’s Road Trip Close to Home to Walt Whitman Birthplace Association - you can learn about Walt Whitman’s extraordinary work & his life here on #LongIsland and go inside the house (restored to 1821) where he was born - here’s the News 12 Long Island link to our tour: https://longisland.news12.com/take-a-trip-back-in-time-and-celebrate-the-life-and-legacy-of-walt-whitman

03/12/2021
Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

A Conservation Project: Frank Lloyd Wright and Walt Whitman
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https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1287220951394034

Whitman Square at the entrance to Taliesin West welcomes visitors to Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter camp & desert laboratory. We recently undertook a project to restore Whitman Square to its original appearance and stabilized it so it will remain in pristine condition to inspire future generations of visitors. Watch the video to learn more about the sophisticated conservation techniques used, and read more at bit.ly/FLWwhitsq.

We are so excited to have received this circa 1963 family photo in front of the Birthplace from Dennis Stone! Dennis’ mo...
03/11/2021

We are so excited to have received this circa 1963 family photo in front of the Birthplace from Dennis Stone! Dennis’ mother, Lola Stone, was a volunteer with us! 🦋🎉 We are now open for tours and invite you to come take your own family and friend photos in front of the house Walt was born in 201 years ago!! 📸🤳

Left: Robert B. Stone
Middle: Another WWBA Volunteer (contact us if you can identify him)
Right: Lola Stone
Center: Dennis Stone

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Suzanne Cleary joined us and gave a poetry reading during the WWBA 2019 International Walt Whitman Conference. Congratul...
03/10/2021
Read the four poems on the €6,000 Moth Poetry Prize shortlist

Suzanne Cleary joined us and gave a poetry reading during the WWBA 2019 International Walt Whitman Conference. Congratulations to Suzanne for being a finalist for The Moth Poetry Prize!
#waltwhitman #waltwhitmanbirthplace #SuzanneCleary #themothpoetryprize

Judge Nick Laird praises ‘verve’ and ‘up-to-date-ness’ of shortlisted poems

03/09/2021
"Whitman in Washington" Book Release Event with Kenneth Price, Co-Director of the Whitman Archive

ICYMI: The book launch for Whitman In Washington with Professor Kenneth M. Price, PhD is here. Watch it again or for the first time.
You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel to make sure you never miss a video.
#waltwhitman #waltwhitmanbirthplace #whitmaninwashington #kennethmprice #museumathome #virtualbooklaunch #whitmanarchives
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25sIKKqOqZg&t=6s

WWBA is delighted to welcome Professor & Co-Director of Walt Whitman Archive Kenneth M. Price, PhD, for a live Zoom discussion about his newly released book ...

Happy International Women’s Day! This is a portrait of Hannah Whitman Heyde, Walt’s favorite sister. See below for more ...
03/08/2021

Happy International Women’s Day! This is a portrait of Hannah Whitman Heyde, Walt’s favorite sister. See below for more about this intelligent woman’s struggle to survive an abusive marriage.

Hannah loved to read and sew fashionable clothing. Walt often sent her books, newspapers, treats, and any money he could spare.

Hannah was married to Charles Louis Heyde, a Vermont landscape painter. The marriage was of huge concern to Walt and the siblings’ mother. Hannah’s letters to her family described physical, mental, and verbal abuse that she endured regularly from Charles over decades. Walt and their mother would visit as frequently as they could and their letters to each other capture the urgency they feel to protect Hannah from her husband - even wondering if they should intervene and take Hannah from the abusive home.

Whitman described his concerns to Horace Traubel: “That whelp, Charlie Heyde, always keeps me worried about my sister Hannah: he is a skunk—a bug . . ..He has led my sister hell’s own life: he has done nothing for her—never: has not only not supported her but is the main cause of her nervous breakdowns.”

Hannah is sometimes described in biographies about Walt Whitman as a “hypochondriac”, “psychotic”, and “neurotic.” However, it is only in recent years that her correspondences have been re-examined and she can now be clearly seen as the Survivor she was. Like many 1800s women, Hannah was financially dependent on her husband and isolated from her family and friends. The letters Walt saved offer a glimpse into the extremely limited rights and opportunities women had during this time in history. To learn more about Hannah look up Maire Mullins “The Selected Letters of Hannah Whitman Heyde”. We were delighted to have Maire Mullins join us and present during our International Whitman Conference in 2019!

As Walt said: “Re-examine all you have learned in books...” Excellent advice as we celebrate Women and re-examine many historical figures in 2021!

#internationalwomensday #waltwhitman #history #herstory #survivor #domesticabuse #domesticviolencesurvivor #women #womeninspiringwomen #literature #1800s #women #fashion #progress #change #equality

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246 Old Walt Whitman Rd
Huntington Station, NY
11746

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Wednesday 13:00 - 16:00
Thursday 13:00 - 16:00
Friday 13:00 - 16:00
Saturday 11:00 - 16:00
Sunday 11:00 - 16:00

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(631) 427-5240

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Birthplace of Walt Whitman on May 31, 1819. The site is operated by the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association. WWBA is Walt Whitman’s voice today, celebrating the poet’s vision of democracy, diversity, and creativity. Our programs and exhibits educate the public on Whitman’s life and times, explore his contribution to our nation’s rich cultural heritage, and inspire young poets and writers. FEATURES Things to do at the Walt Whitman Birthplace: Newly restored farmhouse, birthplace of America’s greatest poet, built c.1819 by Whitman’s father. New York State Historic Site, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Nineteenth century furnishings, unusual architecture. Interpretive Center exhibits: 130 Whitman portraits, original letters, manuscripts, artifacts, Whitman’s voice on tape, and schoolmaster’s desk. Guided tours, audio-visual show, library, museum shop/bookstore, and picnic area. Maps available for auto/hiking tour of beautiful historic West Hills. Air-conditioned Visitors Center and restrooms. All facilities handicapped accessible. Poetry readings, lectures, concerts, special events year round. School tours Gift shop Group tours (Reservations required) Guided tours Tea Parties Visitor Center/Museum Hiking (On the Walt Whitman Trail)

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The reading last night was terrific! Thank you for letting me be a part of it.
what a beautiful picture and a great place to visit relax learn and enjoy
Last night's program, a presentation by Dr. Barbara Bair of the Library of Congress, was superb, as she was knowledgeable, well-prepared, and comfortable speaking in front of an audience. Even by the high standards of the Birthplace, this was an outstanding evening. I enjoyed it very much.
Please post any photos of today's stamp presentation, I took several but my camera failed actually take them...any pictures would be appreciated
See my Walt Whitman & immigration essay in Newsday (May 31, 2019). Thank you, Karen Karbiener and Eli Reyes!
Barbara Reiher- Meyers (2018, LI Poet of the Year) has passed. RIP