Donald Kummings, Emeritus Professor of English, gives a lecture on American poet, essayist, and journalist Walt Whitman Saturday, May 19, at the Civil War Museum, 5400 First Ave. in Kenosha. Part of a special program of readings and performances of Whitman's work, the event is from noon to 3:30 p.m. One of the most influential poets in American literature, Whitman found inspiration while visiting wounded soldiers in the Civil War hospitals of Washington, D.C., and published a book of war poems titled "Drum Taps." The program starts with dramatic readings of some of Whitman's greatest verses by Milwaukee poets Jeff Poniewaz and Antler starting at noon. Kummings' lecture on Whitman is at 1 p.m. And at 2:30 p.m., attendees will enjoy a performance of the Columbia Workshop Radio Show, "American Trilogy: Walt Whitman," performed by RG Productions and the Choral Arts Society of Southeast Wisconsin. All activities are free and open to the public.