Illinoisans from all walks of life help record the Gettysburg Address to mark historic speech’s
SPRINGFIELD – One hundred fifty years ago, President Abraham
Lincoln delivered a speech about government “of the people, by the people, for
the people.” Today, the people are celebrating the anniversary of the
Gettysburg Address by reciting Lincoln’s
famous words on video.
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency has recorded hundreds of people from all
walks of life delivering the address. They include children and retirees,
veterans and immigrants, couples and families, people with disabilities and
people who speak foreign languages.
playing montages have been set up around the Abraham Lincoln Presidential
Library and Museum as part of events surrounding the Nov. 19 anniversary of the
presidential library has also posted videos online. They can be seen at http://bit.ly/GettysburgYouTube.
has been amazing to see all the different ways people deliver the address. Some
choke up when they talk about the sacrifice of soldiers. Others start out a
little timid and then really get into it. Some turn it into an event for the
whole family,” said Amy Martin, director of the Illinois Historic Preservation
Agency. “Virtually everyone agrees it’s a thrill and a privilege to recite Lincoln’s moving words.”
agency and the presidential library hope more people will record the address.
They can post them on YouTube and then send links to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some of the best will be added to the library’s YouTube channel.
Lincoln delivered the 272-word address at the dedication of a cemetery for
soldiers killed at the Battle of Gettysburg. The presidential library, which
owns one of just five copies of the address written in Lincoln’s own hand, is marking the
anniversary with a special night-time display of the address, a roundtable of
experts, movies about the address and a series of educational events.
details, please visit www.GettysburgAddress150.com.
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