September 12, 2019
11:00 AM EST
12:00 PM EST

Cost: Free

Event Description:

The Walt Whitman Birthplace Association is delighted to be hosting this event in our Interpretive Center on September 12th, 2019 at 11:00AM.  Free and open to the public. All are welcome.


Walt Whitman

First Day of Issue Stamp Dedication Ceremony

32nd Stamp in the Literary Arts Series

Thursday September 12, 2019 11:00 A.M. EDT

Master of Ceremonies

Michael Gargiulo, WNBC Co-Anchor of Today in New York

National Anthem

Heather Knoch

Presentation of Colors

Welcome Remarks

Cynthia L Shor

Executive Director

Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site

Board Member

Walt Whitman Birthplace Association

George Gorman

Regional Director

NY State Parks.

Official Stamp Dedication

Thomas J. Marshall

General Counsel and Executive Vice President

United States Postal Service

Poem Reading

Darrel Blaine Ford

Walt Whitman Personator


Professor David S. Reynolds Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor

Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Closing remarks

United States Postal Service® will issue the Walt Whitman stamp (Non-denominated priced at the 3-ounce rate) in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive pane of 20 stamps (Item 120300). The stamp will go on sale nationwide September 12, 2019, and must not be sold or cancelled before the first-day-of-issue.

With this stamp, the 32nd issue in the Literary Arts series, the Postal Service™ honors poet Walt Whitman (1819–1892) on the bicentennial of his birth. The stamp features a portrait of Whitman based on a photograph taken by Frank Pearsall in 1869. In the background, a hermit thrush sitting on the branch of a lilac bush recalls “When Lilacs Last in the Door-yard Bloom‘d,” an elegy for President Abraham Lincoln written by Whitman soon after Lincoln‘s assassination on April 14, 1865. Considered by many to be the father of modern American poetry, Whitman broke away from dominant European poetic forms and experimented with free verse and colloquial expressions, writing powerfully about nearly every aspect of 19th-century America. The artist for the stamp was Sam Weber. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp. The words “THREE OUNCE” on this stamp indicate its usage value. Like a Forever® stamp, this stamp will always be valid for the rate printed on it.