150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address



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Sunday, November 17

9am - 5pm - The Gettysburg Address on display in the Museum's Treasures Gallery

9am - 5pm - "272 Words" Essays on display near the Museum's Treasures Gallery and in the Gettysburg Mural Room

11am - 3pm - Mary Lincoln 
historic interpreter Pam Brown will meet visitors and answer questions in the Plaza of the Museum​

2pm - 10th Illinois Cavalry Band Performs Civil War Music in the Plaza of the Museum


​​Monday, November 18


The public is invited to attend a Vigil Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address featuring a special viewing of the Gettysburg Address with a honor guard provided by the 114th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry Reactivated, performance by the Blackwater String Quartet, readings from Doris Kearns Goodwin's book, "Team of Rivals" and a special appearance by President Lincoln as portrayed by Fritz Klein. This event is free and open to the public. No reservations are required

7pm - 12am - The Gettysburg Address will be on display for a special free public viewing.

7pm - 12am"272 Words" Essays on display near the Museum's Treasures Gallery​

8pm & 10pm - Dramatic readings from "Team of Rivals", "At Gettysburg: Or What a Girl Saw and Heard of the Battlefield", and a special vocal performance of "Lincoln's Gettysburg Address" in the Union Theater

12am - President Abraham Lincoln will deliver the Gettysburg Address in the Plaza of the Museum


Tuesday, November 19


8:45am - Flag Raising outside the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum with Boy and Girl Scouts

9am - 5pm - The Gettysburg Address on display in the Museum's Treasures Gallery

9am - 5pm - "272 Words" Essays on display near the Museum's Treasures Gallery and in the Gettysburg Mural Room

9:30am - 11am - Artist Jennifer Adcock will be signing copies of the poster she designed for the Gettysburg Address anniversary in the Museum Gift Shop

10am - 2pm - "Mary Lincoln", "Ward Hill Lamon", and two Civil War Soldiers will meet visitors and answer questions in the Plaza of the Museum

11:00am - Showing of the twenty minute film, “The Perfect Tribute” followed by Q&A w/ James Cornelius in the Union Theater (This event is free with admission to the museum) 

12pm - 3pm - Historian Michael Burlingame and photographer Robert Shaw will be signing their book, "A Day Long to be Remembered: Lincoln in Gettysburg" in the Museum Gift Shop

1:00pm - Fritz Klein as Abraham Lincoln will deliver the Gettysburg Address in front of the White House Webcast Details​

2:00pm - Showing of the twenty minute film, “The Perfect Tribute” followed by Q&A w/ James Cornelius in the Union Theater (This event is free with admission to the museum) Webcast Details​

4:30pm - Flag Lowering Ceremony outside the Abraham Lincoln Presiden​tial Museum w/ 114th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry Reactivated

Wednesday, November 20

9am - 5pm - The Gettysburg Address on display in the Museum's Treasures Gallery

9am - 5pm - "272 Words" Essays on display near the Museum's Treasures Gallery and in the Gettysburg Mural Room

10am -2pm - Civil War historic interpreters Lee Shafer, Robert Davis, and Garret Moffett will meet visitors and answer questions in the Plaza of the Museum​

6:00pm - 10pm - “The Legacy of the Gettysburg Address” (Free event but reservations required) Reservations can made online here

5:30pm
- Book signing with roundtable discussion participants Vernon Burton and Martin Johnson

6:00pm - Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum Executive Director Eileen Mackevich moderates a roundtable event in the museum's Union Theater focusing on the legacy and memory of the Gettysburg Address as interpreted by varied members of society. The roundtable participants will include scholars: Martin Johnson (Historian and author of the book, "Writing the Gettysburg Address"), Vernon Burton (Historian and author of the book, "The Age of Lincoln"), Holly Kent (Assistant Professor of History at the University of Illinois Springfield), Carol Adams (President of the Dusable Museum of African American History), James Cornelius (Curator of the Abraham Lincoln Collection at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum), and Daniel Stowell (Director and Editor of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln project).

Following a 15 minute intermission there will be a special presentation featuring speeches given at Gettysburg over the decades by individuals such as Adlai Stevenson, John Hope Franklin, Calvin Coolidge, Dwight Eisenhower, Lyndon B. Johnson, Jack Kemp, Jim Thompson and many others.​


Thursday, November 21

9am - 5pm - The Gettysburg Address on display in the Museum's Treasures Gallery

9am - 5pm - "272 Words" Essays on display near the Museum's Treasures Gallery and in the Gettysburg Mural Room

10am - 1pmCivil War historic interpreter Robert Davis will meet visitors and answer questions in the Plaza of the Museum

10am - 1pm - Musician Mike Anderson will be playing Civil War era music in the plaza of the museum



Friday, November 22

9am - 5pm - The Gettysburg Address on display in the Museum's Treasures Gallery

9am - 5pm - "272 Words" Essays on display near the Museum's Treasures Gallery and in the Gettysburg Mural Room

10am - 1pm - Musician Mike Anderson will be playing Civil War era music in the plaza of the museum​

11am - 2pmCivil War historic interpreter Garret Moffett will meet visitors and answer questions in the Plaza of the Museum

1:00pmNational webcast of historian James Cornelius discussing Abraham Lincoln’s use of language and oratory in the Gettysburg Address. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library) Details​



Saturday, November 23

9am - 5pm - The Gettysburg Address on display in the Museum's Treasures Gallery

9am - 5pm - "272 Words" Essays on display near the Museum's Treasures Gallery and in the Gettysburg Mural Room

10am - 2pmCivil War historic interpreters Paul Golladay and Garret Moffett will meet visitors and answer questions in the Plaza of the Museum



Sunday, November 24

9am - 5pm - The Gettysburg Address on display in the Museum's Treasures Gallery

9am - 5pm - "272 Words" Essays on display near the Museum's Treasures Gallery and in the Gettysburg Mural Room​

3:00pm - 4:30pm - "The Gettysburg Story" with filmmaker Jake Boritt (Free event but reservations required) Reservations can be made online here​
 


"The Gettysburg Story" film dramatically tells the history of the greatest battl​e fought in the Western Hemisphere. Narrated by Stephen Lang (Avatar, Gettysburg) and directed by Jake Boritt, the stories of characters who experience the battle come alive through dynamic, innovative imagery that captures the historic battleground as you have never seen it before. Following the showing of this film, Mr. Boritt will do a short Q&A with the audience.​


For more information, 217-558-8934​​ or email: clare.thorpe@illinois.gov​


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