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.