The Walt Whitman Birthplace Association will unveil a time capsule Friday that will be reopened in 2069 for the poet’s 250th birthday celebration.
The capsule will include Whitman memorabilia, related artifacts, written historic texts and books. We will include newspaper articles of the current times reflecting a significant economic, political, or social news event.
The ceremony will also commemorate William T. Walter, Ph.D. (1931-2020) for his contributions to WWBA as trustee, officer, and member.
A boulder will be placed at the site with a commemorative plaque inscribed: “I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love, If you want me again look for me under your boot-soles.” W.W., Song of Myself, Section 52.
The ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m.
The project was initiated in 2019 during the bicentenary year of Walt Whitman’s birth.