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)

Mission: Birthplace of Walt Whitman on May 31, 1819. The historical site is operated by the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association. You can join us on site for a tour of Walt Whitman's childhood home in Huntington, NY, or you can join us for virtual events from your home. WWBA preserves and promotes the poet’s legacy with educational programs about his life and work, celebrating inclusivity and inspiring 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.

Operating as usual

Although our doors have opened, WWBA is still facing the hardships of having been closed for several months and our stil...
11/25/2020
Donate

Although our doors have opened, WWBA is still facing the hardships of having been closed for several months and our still-low visitorship. If you have been enjoying our posts and our events, please consider a small donation. A multitude of thanks!
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May 5th, 2020 is Giving Tuesday! As a non-profit organization, the success of our mission is directly linked to the generosity of individuals like you who understand the importance of poetry, history, the arts, and education, and the unique role we have in building and expanding this community. Than...

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11/24/2020

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11/18/2020

Although our doors have opened, WWBA is still facing the hardships of having been closed for several months and our still-low visitorship. If you have been enjoying our posts and our events, please consider a small donation. A multitude of thanks!

#walthwhitman #waltwhitmanbirthplace #longisland #museumathome #supportlocal #supportthearts #supportlocalmuseums #supportmuseums

The Huntington Arts Council, Inc.  community calendar showcases many events, including ours. Check it out here. #waltwhi...
11/18/2020
Events for December 2020

The Huntington Arts Council, Inc. community calendar showcases many events, including ours. Check it out here.

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11/17/2020

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Time for guesses again!#WheresWhitman?#waltwhitman #waltwhitmanbirthplace #museumathome
11/17/2020

Time for guesses again!
#WheresWhitman?

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Here's another round of #WheresWhitman!
Guess where these words appear.

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Here's another round of #WheresWhitman!Guess where these words appear. #waltwhitmanbirthplace #waltwhitman #americanpoet...
11/16/2020

Here's another round of #WheresWhitman!
Guess where these words appear.

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Here's a bit of history about Walt Whitman Birthplace Association. Please consider visiting us soon or participating in ...
11/15/2020
About the Birthplace

Here's a bit of history about Walt Whitman Birthplace Association. Please consider visiting us soon or participating in one of our many online events.
We are able to keep our doors open through the generous donations of our virtual and in-person visitors, so please consider make a donation on our site.

The Whitman family roots on this part of Long Island date back to the early 17th century. Walt Whitman’s ancestors were farmers, served in the militia, and were active members of their community. Some time after Walt’s parents Walter and Louisa had married in 1816, they set up housekeeping in th...

“What is a yawp?”. Alex Trebek was such a beautiful presence in our homes as host of Jeopardy! for 35 years. He is misse...
11/13/2020

“What is a yawp?”. Alex Trebek was such a beautiful presence in our homes as host of Jeopardy! for 35 years. He is missed and remembered fondly by so many viewers - there was even a contestant that told him he inspired him to learn to speak English. It seems fitting that Walt Whitman’s poem “O Captain! My Captain!” be referenced for the title of an article in the New York Times memorializing Alex Trebek. Whitman wrote the poem to memorialize Abraham Lincoln after he was assassinated at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865. Whitman and so many people around the country went into mourning upon Lincoln’s passing. There are so many inspiring people throughout history that we can turn to for inspiration as we go forward planning the future! Alex Trebek is one of those very inspiring people. 💜

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ICYMI: For Season 10 of Walking With Whitman, we were joined by international poet, translator, visual artist, and teach...
11/13/2020
Walking With Whitman: Poetry in Performance with Bertha Rogers, Evelyn Kandel, and Bryan Gallo - YouTube

ICYMI: For Season 10 of Walking With Whitman, we were joined by international poet, translator, visual artist, and teaching artist Bertha Rogers, Nassau County Poet Laureate Evelyn Kandel, & Long Island based singer-songwriter Bryan Gallo. Watch it here for the first time or watch it again.

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Season 10 of Walking With Whitman! (see links for performers and WWBA below). Join international poet, translator, visual artist, and teaching artist Bertha Rog...

Thank you to past, present, and future veterans for your bravery & dedication!🇺🇸 🎆Whitman sat at the bedside of many, ma...
11/12/2020

Thank you to past, present, and future veterans for your bravery & dedication!🇺🇸 🎆Whitman sat at the bedside of many, many wounded Civil War soldiers. Antibiotics had not been discovered yet and PTSD was not well understood. In the nation's capital, Whitman made the rounds of the makeshift hospital tents offering modest gifts of fruit, candy, books, pencils and paper to the hospitalized soldiers. He would assist wounded soldiers in writing what would often be their last letters home to their families. He signed the letters “written by Walt Whitman, a friend” (see photo above). More importantly, he lent an ear to the young men who needed a friend. His notebook from this period bore the name of "Walt Whitman, Soldiers' Missionary."

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On this Veteran's Day, we thank all veterans and active military for their service. Here's Whitman's "To The Leaven'D So...
11/12/2020
To The Leaven'D Soil They Trod - by Walt Whitman

On this Veteran's Day, we thank all veterans and active military for their service. Here's Whitman's "To The Leaven'D Soil They Trod."

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TO the leaven'd soil they trod, calling, I sing, for the last; (Not cities, nor man alone, nor war, nor the dead, But forth from my tent emerging for good - loosing, untying the tent-ropes;) In the freshness, the forenoon air, in the far-stretching circuits and vistas, again to peace restored, To th...

On this Veteran's Day, we thank all veterans and active military for their service. Here's Whitman's "Vigil Strange I Ke...
11/11/2020
Vigil Strange I Kept on the Field one Night by… | Poetry Foundation

On this Veteran's Day, we thank all veterans and active military for their service. Here's Whitman's "Vigil Strange I Kept on the Field one Night."

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Vigil strange I kept on the field one night;

Though we are now open for site tours, WWBA is still suffering the effects of closing March through August, which cause ...
11/10/2020
Donate

Though we are now open for site tours, WWBA is still suffering the effects of closing March through August, which cause a severe loss in tourist and event revenue. Your online contributions have never been more vital to sustaining our efforts. We can keep our weekly online programs and community engagement going only with your support. Contributions in any amount are greatly appreciated! To donate, please use the link below. Thank you!

May 5th, 2020 is Giving Tuesday! As a non-profit organization, the success of our mission is directly linked to the generosity of individuals like you who understand the importance of poetry, history, the arts, and education, and the unique role we have in building and expanding this community. Than...

11/09/2020
YAWP: A Group Art Exhibition

ICYMI: YAWP: A group art exhibition unfolded at WWBA back in May. See it here for the first time, or take a look again.

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WWBA is delighted to present YAWP. An exhibition featuring local artists’ interpretations of Section 52 from Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself”. "The spotted ha...

11/09/2020
Walt Whitman Birthplace

Take a virtual look at WWBA, and then come visit us soon to see the museum in person.

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Walt Whitman Birthplace - A Threshold 360 Virtual Tour

Allen Ginsberg's "A Supermarket in California" addresses Walt Whitman along with some other writers. Find them all in th...
11/08/2020
A Supermarket in California by Allen Ginsberg | Poetry Foundation

Allen Ginsberg's "A Supermarket in California" addresses Walt Whitman along with some other writers. Find them all in the poem here.

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What thoughts I have of you tonight Walt Whitman, for I

The Walt Whitman Quarterly Review is the official journal of the Walt Whitman Studies Association. Check it out here.#wa...
11/06/2020
Walt Whitman Quarterly Review | University of Iowa

The Walt Whitman Quarterly Review is the official journal of the Walt Whitman Studies Association. Check it out here.
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The Walt Whitman Quarterly Review is a literary quarterly sponsored by the Graduate College and the Department of English and published by The University of Iowa. WWQR is the official journal of the Walt Whitman Studies Association, affiliated with the American Literature Association. Beginning with...

11/06/2020
Discover Long Island

Thanks to Discover Long Island for the shout out!

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11/05/2020
Walt Whitman: Facing West

Watch Walt Whitman Facing West, a short film by H. Paul Moon.

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A cinematic setting of poems by Walt Whitman that span his whole life's work, with the poet's Long Island native "personator" Darrel Blaine Ford manifesting ...

11/05/2020
Juan Felipe Herrera Reads

ICYMI: Juan Felipe Herrera read for WWBA a few months ago. Here are some snippets.
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Check out this intriguing event through Streaming Indies Films beginning Friday 11/6 at 6 PM. (This is not hosted by WWB...
11/03/2020
Impresarios and Visionaries Screening

Check out this intriguing event through Streaming Indies Films beginning Friday 11/6 at 6 PM. (This is not hosted by WWBA).
Impresarios and Visionaries is an entertaining and inspirational documentary that explores the positive influence of arts on the community!
About this Event
I & V shines a light onto the magical synergy and warm energy that occurs when presenter, performer, and audience are in sync.

This film features interviews with Ed Burns, David Bromberg, Sandy Chapin, John Platt, Charlotte Sky, Kathie Bodily, Dylan Skolnick, Paule Pachter and others. Original music by David Bromberg, Mark Newman, Premik Russell Tubbs, Naomi Margolin, Marci Geller, Gene Paul, Herbert Deutsch, A J Dispirito, Cathy Kreger, Bob Stander, and Steve Finkelstein.

Impresarios and Visionaries is an entertaining and inspirational documentary that explores the positive influence of arts on the community!

Here are some Whitmanian quotes to ponder.#waltwhitmanbirthplace #waltwhitman #americanpoetry #poetry #museumathome  #wh...
11/03/2020
76 Walt Whitman Quotes - Inspirational Quotes at BrainyQuote

Here are some Whitmanian quotes to ponder.

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Enjoy the best Walt Whitman Quotes at BrainyQuote. Quotations by Walt Whitman, American Poet, Born May 31, 1819. Share with your friends.

11/02/2020

This is your occasional reminder to play 🤷‍♀️ #WheresWhitman ? 🤷‍♀️
Whenever you see something Whitman-related, take a picture, and post it. Use the hashtag #WheresWhitman and tag us, too!
Facebook: @waltwhitmanbirthplaceassociation
Twitter: @wwbirthplace
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Play along with us!
Hint: 🌏He's everywhere! 🌏

11/02/2020
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Whitman's Leaves of Grass has been translated across the globe. Take a peek at a translation in Esperanto.
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Self-Care Sundays start Nov. 1st: Poetic Yoga and Meditation with WWBA Long Island Poet of the Year Christina M. Rau. On...
10/31/2020
Christina M. Rau

Self-Care Sundays start Nov. 1st: Poetic Yoga and Meditation with WWBA Long Island Poet of the Year Christina M. Rau. On a chair or on a mat in the comfort of your own home, you can join in for a session of meditation, yoga, and a little bit of poetry listening. Breathe and move to settle your thoughts and find some moments of calm and peace. Open to all levels, including first-timers. Join us for this four-session series.
🦋📚Reserve your spot with link in our bio by Thursday, Oct. 29th!📚🦋
Sundays, November 1st – November 22nd, 2020 at 6:30PM EST
One $30 ticket entitles you to attend all 4 sessions on Zoom.
No refunds will be given after November 1st.
Christina M. Rau is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Instructor, a Level 1 Reiki Practitioner, and an award-winning poet who currently serves as Oceanside Library’s Poet in Residence and was named WWBA’s Long Island Poet of the Year. She has practiced yoga since her teen years and has taught in yoga studios and in private sessions for over a decade. When she’s not writing or teaching yoga, she’s usually watching the Game Show Network. Find her books and links on her website: www.christinamrau.com
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246 Old Walt Whitman Rd
Huntington Station, NY
11746

Opening Hours

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
Folks, winter is dreary, and the Walt Whitman House is the perfect escape! It's close by and fascinating. Always something interesting to see and do there: Ed Centano's exhibit is a case in point. So, if you're looking for a great break from gray skies and the boring TV, head out to the Whitman House. You won't be disappointed!
Tony Hoagland, Poet With a Wry Outlook, Is Dead at 64