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Whitman Scholar Zachary Turpin Oct 5th

Missing Me One Place, Search Another’: Thoughts on Finding More Whitman (and Even More Whitman) in the 21st Century

Saturday, Oct 5th
7:00-8:30 PM

Whitman Scholar Zachary Turpin will be presenting a slideshow about his discovery of Whitman’s pen-name and subsequent discovery of previously unknown Whitman writing.
Free and Open to All–Refreshments will be Served

In 2016, Zachary Turpin, then a doctoral student at the University of Houston, uncovered something the world had long ago stopped expecting: a new book by Walt Whitman. Titled Manly Health and Training and published in 1858 under a pen name, this long-lost, book-length men’s wellness treatise totally upends the traditional understanding of what Whitman wrote, published, and pursued during the infancy of Leaves of Grass. This discovery was followed, in 2017, by Turpin’s recovery of another priceless treasure: Life and Adventures of Jack Engle (1852), a novel Whitman wrote and serialized anonymously while he was first composing Leaves. Now, the Walt Whitman Birthplace is proud to host Turpin as he details the lost Whitman books that may still be at large; the exciting new methods that empower anyone and everyone to search for them; and the old-fashioned pleasures of reading in the archives.

Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019
Start Time: 7:00 pm EST

USPS Whitman Bicentennial Stamp Release Event

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.

Date: Thursday, September 12, 2019
Start Time: 11:00 am EST