The Library of Congress will mark the 155th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address with a discussion of the speech and a #LettersToLincoln transcription challenge for volunteers on and offsite. Tune in on November 19 at 10:00 a.m. ET for this special event.
The Gettysburg Address is considered one of Lincoln’s most important speeches. Lincoln had been invited to give a "few appropriate remarks" to dedicate a cemetery for Union soldiers killed at the Battle of Gettysburg (https://www.loc.gov/rr/prog...
...). The Library holds two original drafts of the Gettysburg Address that reveal the ways in which Abraham Lincoln prepared his now-famous speech.
• 10:00 a.m. Welcome remarks by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden
• 10:05 a.m. Talk by historian and curator Michelle Krowl
• 10:20 a.m. Gettysburg Address delivered by student orator
• 10:30 a.m. Kick off Letters to Lincoln Challenge for on-site and online participants. You can participate in this crowdsourcing effort at https://crowd.loc.gov/
for more information.
Share your experience during the livestream on Twitter using the #LettersToLincoln hashtag.