Whitman in Washington, 1866. Photographer, Mathew Brady (Ohio Wesleyan University, Bayley Collection)


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Founded by Martin G. Murray over 20 years ago, the Washington Friends is a group of scholars, researchers, historians, and just plain lovers of poetry.

The Friends sponsor annual talks and tours on Whitman's connection to Washington, DC, meet-the-author events for new book publications about Whitman's life and legacy, and occasional trips to sites relevant to Whitman's life.

In 2005, the Washington Friends sponsored a year-long observance of the publication of Leaves of Grass.

Archives from the 150th celebrations can be found at

Contact us at info@whitmandc.org