Joshua Schuster: "Legacies of Walt Whitman's Summer in London"

November 2, 2019 at 5:00pm

Join us to hear Western University Professor Joshua Schuster explore Walt Whitman's visit to London, Ontario, a talk in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the poet's birth! There will also be a chance to view original Whitman works from the Western Libraries Archive!

Where: Museum London, Centre at the Forks South

When: 2nd of November, Saturday afternoon, 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Cost: FREE and open to all ages

Did you know that Walt Whitman spent the summer of 1880 right here in London, the guest of Richard Maurice Bucke? Bucke was the head physician at the London Insane Asylum at the time and eventually became part of the faculty of medicine at Western in 1882.

Whitman's visit helped inspire a series of followers in London and across Ontario. Join us as Schuster explores the great stories of how Ontario became one of the most important epicentres for things Whitmanian from the 1880s to a peak around 1910s and 1920s.