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On Exhibit at Robeson Library: How Sweet the Silent Backward Tracings!

April 9, 2019
Documents in a display case

This exhibition will examine the events, publications, artworks, and other forms of media through which the memory of the Good Gray Poet is immortalized.

How Sweet the Silent Backward Tracings! Preserving the Memory of Walt Whitman through Materials, Meetings, and More, developed and installed by history graduate student McKenna Britton, is on exhibit at Paul Robeson Library through June 30, 2019.

The memory of Walt Whitman lives on in the 21st century through various venues: annual celebrations, living history actors, academic journals, sculptures in his likeness, and more. This exhibition, in conjunction with the 200th anniversary of Walt Whitman's birth, will examine the events, publications, artworks, and other forms of media through which the memory of the Good Gray Poet is immortalized—many of which take place right here in Camden. 

Whitman at 200: This year, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) at Rutgers–Camden is joining the annual birthday celebration held in Whitman's honor. "Whitman at 200" is a celebration of the poet's 200th birthday (May 31, 2019), organized by the University of Pennsylvania Libraries Kislak Center. Commemorative events held in Whitman's name are scheduled to take place throughout the year—some have already come to pass—with a focus on the two-week period between May 24 and June 9, right around Whitman's birthday.

Walt Whitman is a colossal figure in American literature and art; his 200th birthday celebration will, likewise, be colossal. This exhibit is just one of the many venues through which Whitman's birthday, life, work, and memory are being celebrated throughout the area. Visit www.whitmanat200.org for more information on the project, including a list of events and exhibitions held in the name of Whitman.