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You’re invited to take the challenge!

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, documentarian Ken Burns, along with WQED and Soldiers & Sailors Hall, has launched a national effort to encourage everyone in America to video record themselves reading or reciting the speech. The collection of recordings housed on this site will continue to grow as more and more people are inspired by the power of history and take the challenge to LEARN THE ADDRESS.

Teachers can get involved by: Encouraging their students to record the address or visit Soldiers and Sailors Hall between March 24th and May 31st to record the Address on their iPads or Tablets. For details, contact 412.621.4253.

New for teachers! Click here for curriculum around Ken Burns' documentary The Address.

History buffs can get involved by: Watching the film on your computer, iPad, or smartphone through May 7 and recording the address.

Students can get involved by: Clicking the WIDGET on the side bar and reciting and recording the address!

The Film:

THE ADDRESS, a 90-minute feature length documentary by Ken Burns, is available to watch on your computer, iPad, or smartphone through May 7. The film tells the story of the tiny Greenwood School in Putney Vermont where each year the students practice, memorize, and recite the Gettysburg Address. In its exploration of the Greenwood School, the film also unlocks the history, context and importance of President Lincoln’s most powerful address.

Our Partner

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum

Soldiers & Sailors is the largest memorial building in the United States dedicated solely to America’s fighting personnel, representing all branches of service while honoring both the career and citizen soldier. Our mission is to preserve a lasting tribute to those men and women who unselfishly gave of themselves in serving their country during American wars.

The American wars and the efforts of the people who fought them profoundly affected the lives of countless individuals both military and civilian. It is our vision to promote the understanding and appreciation of the accomplishments and sacrifice of the service men and women and their community. We must create a greater public awareness of the significance and holdings of the memorial through public relations, community activism and educational outreach programs.

The Gettysburg Address
November 19, 1863

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Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate—we cannot consecrate—we cannot hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

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