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Harvard Club: Walking Tour of Walt Whitman's DC

The Harvard Club of DC will host a walking tour of Civil War-era Washington, DC focusing on the life and work of Walt Whitman This is a Harvard Club event but is open to Ivy League alumni and their guests.

   

 
On Saturday, August 17, the Harvard Club will host a walking tour of Civil War-era Washington, DC focusing on the life and work of Walt Whitman, who lived in Washington for ten years until a stroke prompted him to move to New Jersey in 1873. Whitman made an estimated 600 hospital visits during the war, supporting an estimated 80,000 - 100,000 sick and wounded soldiers, and later became a federal clerk. The tour will be led by historian Garrett Peck. This is also a Harvard Club but is open to Ivy League alumni and their guests. Please RSVP through the Harvard Club website below (use the dedicated Princeton Club link to buy your tickets). 


When: Saturday, August 17 | 4:30 — 6:30pm

Where: The tour will begin at the Smithsonian American Art Museum at 8th and F St. NW, Washington DC 20004 right under the Walt Whitman Way street sign. It is directly across the street from the Hotel Monaco and near the Gallery Place and Metro Center stations. (Google Maps)

Tickets: Tickets are $35 each. Please use the dedicated category for the Princeton Club when you are purchasing your tickets. To purchase your tickets, click here or visit: http://hcdc.clubs.harvard.edu/article.html?aid=1829
 
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About the Tour Guide 
Garrett Peck is an author, historian and tour guide in the nation's capital. He leads tours through the Smithsonian Associates, and his Temperance Tour of Prohibition-related sites has been featured on C-SPAN Book TV and the History Channel program "Ten Things You Didn't Know About" with punk rock legend Henry Rollins. He is featured in an upcoming two-hour documentary about prohibition by the Smithsonian Channel. His seventh book, “The Great War in America: World War I and Its Aftermath,” was published in 2018. 
 
Peck was involved with the DC Craft Bartenders Guild in lobbying the DC City Council to have the Rickey declared Washington's native cocktail in 2011. He researched and pinpointed the Washington Brewery site at Navy Yard, and is particularly proud that Green Hat Gin is named after a character Peck wrote about in “Prohibition in Washington, D.C.,” congressional bootlegger George Cassiday.
 
He has lectured at the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and the Smithsonian Institution, and often speaks at historical societies, literary clubs and trade associations.Peck is on the board of the Woodrow Wilson House and is a member of the Association of the Oldest Inhabitants of D.C. A native Californian and graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and George Washington University, he lives in Arlington, Virginia. 

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