Four score and seven years ago...

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, documentarian Ken Burns, along with numerous partners, has launched a national effort to encourage everyone in America to video record themselves reading or reciting the speech. The collection of recordings will continue to grow as more and more people are inspired by the power of history and take the challenge to LEARN THE ADDRESS.

WVIA wants to hear from you - record yourself reciting the Gettysburg Address, upload it to YouTube, and share it in the box on the right side of this page. You will be featured among citizens, politicians, celebrities and more, from all across our nation.  We've included some examples below.  Have fun with it, and give it all you've got! 

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About the Film

THE ADDRESS, a 90-minute feature length documentary by Ken Burns, will air on April 15, 2014 at 9pm on WVIA-TV.  The film tells the story of a tiny school in Putney Vermont, the Greenwood School, where each year the students are encouraged to practice, memorize, and recite the Gettysburg Address.  In its exploration of the Greenwood School, the film also unlocks the history, context and importance of President Lincoln’s most powerful address. Learn more about the film here.

Filmmaker Ken Burns joins us on a live State of Pennsylvania Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 7pm on WVIA-TV to discuss the his film. For more information on this progam visit theState of Pennsylvania web page.