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The Veteran's Vision:

November 11, 2012

The Veteran’s Vision: Honoring Veterans Past and Present
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The Veteran's Vision

The Hyde Collection pays homage to our country’s veterans. Join historians, writers, and veterans in a discussion of war and poetry inspired by the works of the great American poet and Civil War era patriot, Walt Whitman.  Admission is free.

            Civil War historian, genealogist, and collector Lance Ingmire will present a vast collection of Civil War artifacts and memorabilia in the Rotunda Gallery beginning at 1:00pm. At 2:00pm, in the Froehlich Auditorium, Ingmire will speak about his families’ connection to President Lincoln and display original photographs of the President’s funeral on May 4, 1865.  Lincoln’s assassination inspired Whitman’s best known poem: “O Captain, My Captain.”   He served in a field hospital during the Civil War, writing eloquently about the bravery and tragedy he witnessed.

            A panel of speakers, moderated by Dr. Leslie Herzfeld, retired English professor from The College of New Rochelle and SUNY Purchase, will then discuss Whitman’s poetry about the Civil War and modern warfare.  Panelists Paul Pines, veteran, poet and author most recently of Divine Madness; Maury Thompson, staff reporter for The Post Star; Nancy White, poet and professor at SUNY Adirondack; and Robin Temple, veteran liaison, will lead the audience in a dialogue concerning politics, history, war, and art. Veterans will join the discussion by reading from their own work that reflects on personal experiences of combat, patriotism, and service.

            This event was inspired by the 1888 portrait of Walt Whitman by Thomas Eakins. Presently on loan to The Hyde Collection from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, it is considered one of Eakins’ finest paintings.

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For information regarding The Veteran’s Vision or to participate in the readings, please contact June Leary, curator of education, at 792-1761, ext. 327 or

A children’s activity in the art studio is available from 2:30 to 4 pm so adults may attend the panel and readings.

Free. Call 516-792-1761, ext. 27, for information.

Image: Thomas Eakins, American (1844-1916), "Portrait of Walt Whitman" (1819-1892), 1888, oil on canvas, 30 1/8 x 24 1/4 in., Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, General Fund, 1917.1