Written by Douglas Edwin
Wednesday, 02 October 2013 00:00
To mark this years 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address Governor Quinn has announced a series of events aimed to both honor and educate people on the famous speech.
President Lincoln originally delivered the speech on November 19, 1863. The speech served not only to memorialize those who gave their lives at Gettysburg, but also reinforced what was at stake in the Civil War.
The series of events start in mid-October, and go through November 24th.
“The 150th anniversary is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Illinoisans to celebrate the speech and the continuing success of government ‘of the people, by the people, for the people.”' said Amy Martin, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency Director.
The events kick off in October with the Lincoln Presidential Museum running videos of average citizens delivering the Gettysburg address. The videos will range from full length readings of the speech, to montages of a variety of people delivering the address.
Also on display will be a series of essays from a project entitled “272 Words”, which is the number of words in the Gettysburg address. The essays, which have been written by prominent figures including former presidents, will be about something important to the author.
During the week of November 10-16, the Old State Capitol will have flags on its’ lawn to represent the soldiers that were killed at Gettysburg. Visitors are invited to tie ribbons to the flags to honor both living and deceased service members.
The Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, on November 16th, will celebrate the 150th anniversary with a reciting of the address at 2 p.m., which will be followed by a performance by the 33rd Illinois Civil War Band.
On the eve of the anniversary, November 18th, from 7 pm until 12 am an original copy of The Gettysburg Address will be on display at The Lincoln Presidential Museum.
“Every American should understand the power of that speech.” said Governor Quinn in a press release announcing the event. “Luckily, we here in Illinois have one of the few handwritten copies of the Gettysburg Address housed in the nation’s top institution devoted to Abraham Lincoln’s legacy.”
The address is one of only five copies written by Lincoln himself, and will promptly be put back in the museum’s vault for an extended rest after the showing.
At midnight on November 18th historic interpreter Fritz Klein will deliver the Gettysburg Address as President Lincoln at the museum.
On the actual day of the anniversary, November 19th, The Lincoln Presidential Museum has many events planned.
The day will start at 8:45 am with a raising of the American flag by the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts outside museum.
Historical interpreters will be dressed as Mary Lincoln, Ward Hill Lamon, and a Civil War soldier from 10 am till 2 pm to interact with visitors in the museums plaza.
At 11 am and 2 pm the museum will be showing “The Perfect Tribute”, a twenty minute film by Lincoln historian James Cornelius. Both showings of the film will be followed by a Q&A with Cornelius.
“President Lincoln” will again deliver the address at 1 pm, which is believed to be the time when President Lincoln gave the address in 1863, in front of the museums White House.
From 12 pm until 3 pm historian Michael Burlingame and photographer Robert Shaw will be signing their book “Lincoln Traveled This Way”, in the Museums gift shop. The book is combination of photographs and information that follow Lincoln’s life and journey from his early life in Kentucky and Indiana, through his presidency in Washington, D.C.
The day will be capped off with a flag lowering ceremony outside the museum with the 114th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry.
If you would like more information on the Lincoln Presidential Museum or specific events taking place you can visit their website at http://www.illinois.gov/alplm/Pages/default.aspx
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 14:41