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Learn the Address - Bringing History to Life

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This month, on February 12, 2014, we marked what would have been Abraham Lincoln's 205th birthday and, this April, on the 15th, we'll recognize the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War - the conflict with which he will forever be linked. With more than five generations since both Lincoln and the war expired, how do we make what exists in the pages of history books tangible to ourselves … and the next generation?

Ken Burns is beginning by reviving the recitation (or reading) of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. The two-minute speech, which was is perhaps the most celebrated presidential address, provides a portal into American history. By focusing on one of the most important declarations ever made on human equality, "The Address" initiative brings the past to life, inviting everyone to become more acquainted with its historic context and to apply its lessons in daily life.

See recordings by a range of Arkansas public figures - such as Gov. Mike Beebe, former President Bill Clinton and AETN's own Steve Barnes - and celebrities, including Steven Colbert, Taylor Swift and more, at Then, get to work on yours! You can submit your video at, or, if you'd like to speak to AETN officials for tips about setting up a recording session for your school or group, email us at