Hi Everyone -

Please join us for the next in our regular monthly series of free Department of the Library Park Ranger Speaker Series lectures, entitled "Hush'd Be the Camps Today: Walt Whitman & the End of the Civil War" on Tuesday, October 20th from 1:00 - 1:45 pm in Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building's John Muir Room.

The Civil War had a profound effect on the great American poet Walt Whitman, who found himself in the nation’s capital at the height of the conflict. He came to Washington in an attempt to locate his brother who was serving in the Union Army. While in Washington, Whitman made dozens of small notebooks from paper and ribbon to carry with him as he visited wounded Civil War soldiers in area hospitals between 1863 and 1865. In them he commented on the food provided at the Armory Hospital and wrote about the horrors of war. As a volunteer delegate under the Christian Commission, he consoled the sick and dying and often wrote letters to their families. Whitman secured a job as a low-grade clerk at the Bureau of Indian Affairs in January 1865 and was an employee of the Department of the Interior when he learned of the assassination of President Lincoln in April 1865.

Please join Park Ranger Eric Pominville as he revisits this dramatic period of time in American history as it took place in Washington, DC, recalling Walt Whitman’s thoughts on the end of the American Civil War and the tragic assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

All that are interested are invited.  The John Muir Room is located in the basement level of the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building, towards the back of and adjacent to the Interior Department cafeteria.  The Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building is located at 1849 C Street, NW in Washington.  Space for the program is limited so please go to the following link to register:


Please also note that we will be offering WebEx webinar access for this program.  If you are interested in remote live access to this program, please note it on the online registration form or send an e-mail to [log in to unmask].

You may contact the Library by phone at (202) 208-5815 or by e-mail at [log in to unmask] for more information about this program and/or directions.   For more information about DOI Library resources and services, please visit the DOI Library's website, located at http://www.doi.gov/library.

We hope you can join us in person or virtually on October 20th!

George Franchois
Director - U.S. Dept. of the Interior Library
Office of the Secretary - Office of Facilities and Administrative Services (OFAS)
1849 C Street, NW, Room 2262, MS 1151
Washington, DC 20240
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