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Gettysburgh Speech Anniversary At Springfield

Tue, 19 Nov 2013 04:40:10 CST
By: IPR's Amanda Vinicky

Today marks the one-hundred-fiftieth anniversary of the Gettysburg Address ... an occasion observed at the start of the day at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. IPR's Amanda Vinicky reports:

   

There's a line in the Gettysburg Address...

"The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here"

And yet, 150 years later, a Lincoln impersonator was repeating the 16th President's remarks, reenacting the brief, yet poignant, speech, at the stroke of midnight. The museum owns one of five copies of the address written in Lincoln's own hand; it's on display this week. It'll then be returned to storage indefinitely.

Later this morning, Governor Pat Quinn will visit Abraham Lincoln's tomb. Various other events, like round-tables with historians and a live webcast of the address for school children, are scheduled. Information is at GettysburgAddress150-dot-com.

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