Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Gettysburg Address Lecture

On Wednesday, November 20 at 7:00 PM, the library will host a program to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the delivery of the Gettysburg Address.

The Gettysburg Address is one of the best-known speeches in American history, and David Pruitt will discuss its original delivery and subsequent historical and cultural significance. The program will be free and open to the public.

The Gettysburg Address was delivered on April 19, 1863 at the dedication of a cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, four and a half months after the Union victory in the battle there. Lincoln’s speech was not intended to be the primary focus of the ceremony; that honor belonged to the two-hour oration delivered by Edward Everett. But while Everett’s speech has been largely forgotten, Lincoln’s brief address is now regarded as one of the premier examples of American orator.

We hope you will join us to celebrate this inspirational moment in American history. 

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