New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) professor Karen Karbiener, a noted Walt Whitman scholar, along with Bob Phillips, historian and businessman, co-curate “Whitman and the Promise of America, 1855-2005,” at the South Street Seaport Museum. The presentation commemorates the 150th anniversary of the publication of Whitman’s masterpiece, Leaves of Grass. The exhibition aims to connect the book’s message and relevance during Whitman’s time with its significance for American society and culture today.

  • WHAT: “Whitman and the Promise of America, 1855-2005” opening events
  • WHEN: Saturday, July 2 and Sunday, July 3, 2005 from 11AM-6PM
  • WHERE: South Street Seaport Museum

Admission is $8 adults; $6 students/seniors; $4 children ages 5-12; free to Museum members and children under age 5. For more information the public should call the South Street Seaport Museum, 212.748.8735 or email

The exhibit is part of the South Street Seaport Museum’s four-month tribute to Walt Whitman on the 150th anniversary of the printing of Leaves of Grass. The exhibit runs through December 2005 and includes numerous events associated with Whitman and 19th century America.

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