150 Years of the Gettysburg Address

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150 Years of the Gettysburg Address
Cornell Celebrates Its Original Manuscript

ITHACA, N.Y. (Nov. 5, 2013) – To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, Cornell University Library is exhibiting its original manuscript and hosting a series of Lincoln-related events in November.

Cornell owns one of five existing copies in Abraham Lincoln’s handwriting, and it will be on display as part of the Library’s “Remembering Lincoln at Gettysburg” exhibition.

At the exhibition, the original manuscript will be on display:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12 through Friday, Nov. 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 16, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 18 through Friday, Nov. 22, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • Saturday, Nov. 23, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

A high-quality facsimile will be on display for the remainder of the exhibition, which runs now through Dec. 20 and includes a plethora of original Lincoln documents and Civil War artifacts.

Cornell’s full roster of Gettysburg events includes:

  • A screening of “The Gettysburg Story” with director Jake Boritt.
    • Tuesday, Nov. 12, 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Cornell Cinema, Willard Straight Hall Theater.
    • Part of Cornell Cinema’s “The Gettysburg Address turns 150” film series, which includes Buster Keaton’s silent film, “The General” (Friday, Nov.  8 at 7:30 p.m.) and Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” (Tuesday, Nov.  19 at 7 p.m.).
  • The Library’s biennial Rudin Lecture, featuring Gabor Boritt, Lincoln scholar and author of “The Gettysburg Gospel.”
    • Wednesday, Nov. 13, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Goldwin Smith Hall, Lewis Auditorium. Reception at 6 p.m., in Kroch Library, level 2B.
  • A special event including Cornell’s president, David Skorton, reading the Gettysburg Address; a faculty panel discussion with professors Ed Baptist, Shirley Samuels and Margaret Washington; and a Cornell Glee Club performance of composer Toby Twining’s original work commissioned for the occasion.
    • Tuesday, Nov. 19, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Milstein Hall Auditorium. Reception at 6 p.m. in Kroch Library, level 2B. The event will be live-streamed.

The Library’s Remembering Gettysburg blog has more detail on the exhibition and a full list of events. It also features a Cornell conservationist’s behind-the-scenes look at preserving the document, a curator’s insider’s perspective on Cornell’s Lincoln collections and a renowned historian’s reflections on Ithaca’s local connections to Gettysburg.

All events are free and open to the public. The Rudin Lecture on Nov. 13 is made possible thanks to the generosity of Gail ’56 and Stephen Rudin. The exhibition is funded through the support of the Nicholas H. Noyes Jr. Memorial Foundation.

For more
An online version of the exhibition is available on the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections’ website. Visit the Remembering Gettysburg blog and learn more about Cornell’s copy of the Address online.