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Gettysburg Address 150

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November 19, 2013 - November 24, 2013

212 N. Sixth St
Springfield, IL 62701
217-782-5764

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Special displays, videos, films and events to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

The memories of a girl who witnessed the Battle of Gettysburg. The Gettysburg Address set to music. The inspiring words of great leaders. A beautiful documentary. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum offers all of that and more in November to mark the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.

The library and museum’s Union Theater presents free entertainment and educational events Nov. 18, 20 and 24 as part of a week of special anniversary activities. For details, please visit www.GettysburgAddress150.com. To make reservations, visit www.presidentlincoln.illinois.gov and click on “special event tickets.”

Monday, Nov. 18, brings a mix of music and dramatic readings. The memories of a 15-year-old girl who witnessed the battle and tended the wounded will be brought to life by actress Nancy Diefenback reading from “At Gettysburg, or What a Girl Saw and Heard of the Battlefield.”

That will be followed by readings from “Team of Rivals,” Doris Kearns Goodwin’s prize-winning history of the Lincoln presidency.

The presentation concludes with a special musical performance of the address. Ten voices will combine to present a version of the speech set to stirring music. The piece was composed by University of Pennsylvania music director Bruce Montgomery in 1963 for the 100th anniversary of the speech.

The readings and music will be performed at 8 and 10 p.m., part of an evening vigil leading up to midnight and the arrival of the actual anniversary.

On Wednesday, Nov. 20, Union Theater hosts a special roundtable of historians discussing the address and its legacy, followed by a dramatic presentation based on speeches inspired by the Gettysburg Address.

The roundtable includes James Cornelius, curator of the presidential library’s Lincoln Collection; Martin Johnson, author of “Writing the Gettysburg Address”; Holly Kent, a history professor at the University of Illinois at Springfield; and Daniel Stowell, director of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln. They’ll explore the meaning and legacy of the address.

Part of that legacy is the way Lincoln’s speech inspired others. After the roundtable, a special presentation will dramatize that inspiration as actors read portions of other speeches delivered at Gettysburg. They’ll present the words of Woodrow Wilson, Lyndon Johnson, Dwight Eisenhower, Tom Brokaw and more.

Finally, on Sunday, Nov. 24, Union Theater will screen the documentary “The Gettysburg Story,” a gorgeous look at the battlefield, the address and their place in history. Filmmaker Jake Boritt will be on hand to answer questions from the audience.

The movie runs at 3 p.m. Reservations for the free event can be made at http://tinyurl.com/BorittMovie.

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