Four score and seven years ago

You may be hearing a lot about the Gettysburg Address as this year marks the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's iconic speech delivered at the dedication of the cemetery at Gettysburg. By redefining liberty and nationalism by essentially fusing them together, Lincoln not only inspired the North to continue the fight, he forever changed how we think about our country. Just 272 words helped forge a new meaning of America.

I recently had the honor of reading part of the Gettysburg Address for a series of television spots that you'll be seeing on WXXI. It's all part of Ken Burns’ and PBS’ national public outreach campaign to challenge everyone across the country, especially students, to learn the Address and record themselves reciting it. The campaign coincides with the premiere of Ken Burns' film, THE ADDRESS, which premieres Tuesday, April 15 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

THE ADDRESS tells the story of a tiny school in Putney, Vermont, the Greenwood School, where each year the students are encouraged to memorize, practice and recite the Gettysburg Address. In its exploration of Greenwood, whose students, boys ages 11-17, all face a range of complex learning differences; the film also unlocks the history, context and importance of President Lincoln’s most powerful address.

In addition to the TV premiere, WXXI will be hosting a free screening of the film at the Little Theatre on Monday, April 14 at 7 p.m. That evening we'll also be sharing several local Gettysburgh Address videos already submitted by those in our community. We hope you'll join us for this free event. 

I encourage you to check out some of the videos already submitted that reside on WXXI's You Tube page by clicking here and I invite you to submit your own video at