Now a State Historic Site on the National Register of Historic Places, the Walt Whitman Birthplace was named an “American Treasure” by the Millennium Council. Restored in 2001, the Birthplace Museum depicts a typical day of country life in the 1820’s and offers countless educational programs. The site also includes a modern Interpretive Center with Walt’s school desk and his voice on tape, an 8’ bronze statue of Walt, and picnic tables around the grand lawn. One of the most successful initiatives of the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association is an annual student poetry contest, a highly popular event that culminates the Walt Whitman Birthday Celebration, which is held on the weekend closest to the poet's birthday of May 31.