“Meet” Walt Whitman on April 15 at 11 am
Press Release · Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Washington, DC

On Thursday, April 15, at 11 am, kids can “meet” poet, journalist, and Civil War aide Walt Whitman, as portrayed by Whitman actor and scholar Darrel Blaine Ford. A Q & A session with Whitman will follow the presentation. Register online for this “The National Archives Comes Alive: Young Learners Program.”  Watch the live stream on the National Archives YouTube Channel. See our many National Archives Young Learners Programs online here. 

Walt Whitman is best known as a poet and for his unique style found in Leaves of Grass. Overcome by the suffering he saw during the Civil War, Whitman moved to Washington, DC in 1862 to help in Civil War hospitals and stayed for 10 years working as clerk for the federal government. He was deeply affected by the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and wrote several poems memorializing President Lincoln, including “O Captain! My Captain!” 

Related: Virtual Genealogy Camp for Kids - Ages 12 and up
July 5-9, 11 am-noon (EDT) 
Ever wondered about your family’s roots and who is on your family tree? This hands-on camp will introduce the basics of genealogy research. Discover how to use National Archives resources and to be a history detective into your past!  Register online here. Questions? Email with “Genealogy Camp” in the subject line. Space is limited to 25 campers. Made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation.

ICYMI: Virtual Pajama Party with Laurie Hernandez!
We hosted a Virtual Pajama Party on Saturday, March 20. This great program focused on women in sports, the Olympics, and gymnastics. Special guest Olympic gymnastics gold medalist and Dancing with the Stars champion Laurie Hernandez read from her book, I Got This: To Gold and Beyond, and responded to questions from attendees. Watch the recording on the National Archives YouTube Channel. 

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