Tuesday, April 21, 2019
Location: Maggiano’s-Chevy Chase 5333 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Washington DC
right at the Friendship Heights Metro stop. The adjacent Chevy Chase Pavilion parking garage has a restaurant discount cost of $3.80 for four hours. You can enter the garage from Wisconsin Ave, 50 feet north of the restaurant (between Marshalls and Cheesecake factory), but the best garage entrance for Maggiano's is from Western Ave.
Walt Whitman and Abraham Lincoln
Presenter: Garrett Peck, Historian and Tour Guide
The Lincoln Group of DC is proud to announce that our April 21, 2020 speaker will be Garrett Peck, who will speak to us about Walt Whitman and Abraham Lincoln. Whitman was already famous for Leaves of Grass when he journeyed to the nation's capital at the height of the Civil War to find his brother George, a Union officer wounded at the Battle of Fredericksburg. Whitman eventually served as a volunteer "hospital missionary," making more than six hundred hospital visits and serving over eighty thousand sick and wounded soldiers in the next three years. With the 1865 publication of Drum-Taps, Whitman became poet laureate of the Civil War, aligning his legacy with that of Abraham Lincoln. He remained in Washington until 1873 as a federal clerk, engaging in a dazzling literary circle and fostering his longest romantic relationship, with Peter Doyle. Author Garrett Peck details the definitive account of Walt Whitman's decade in the nation's capital.
Garrett Peck is an author, historian, and tour guide in the nation's capital. In addition to Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C., he has written several other books including The Great War in America: World War I and Its Aftermath. He has lectured at the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and the Smithsonian, and often speaks at literary clubs, historical societies, and trade associations. In addition,
Peck leads history-related tours in the Washington area, including the Temperance Tour of Prohibition-related sites in the nation's capital, which 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 also leads the Walt Whitman Tour, WWI, Tour, Jazz History Tour, brewing tours of Alexandria and DC, and many others.