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Remembering Gettysburg

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Abraham Lincoln didn’t think anyone would remember the Gettysburg Address. He said so in his speech: “The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.”

But history has remembered his words and the battle, and the library is honoring the 150th anniversary of the historic Civil War speech. Cornell’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections (RMC) has one of only five copies in Lincoln’s own handwriting and this fall will stage a major exhibition featuring the address and related Civil War materials.

A new blog, Remembering Gettysburg, highlights the library’s most fascinating items in its Civil War collections and offers historical context for the Address. It also highlights many events connected to the anniversary, including a documentary film crew coming to RMC to film the address and President Skorton reading aloud from the library’s copy in November.

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