Learn the Address!

Learn the Address!

Mar 21, 2014

Learn The Gettysburg Address

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, Ken Burns and PBS have launched a major national public outreach campaign to challenge everyone across the country, especially students, to video record themselves reading or reciting the Gettysburg Address.

Those who have already submitted videos include Robin Roberts, Martha Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg, Usher, David Gregory, Gwen Ifill, Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert and Conan O’Brien.

The campaign will continue throughout the year and is inspired by the subject of Burns’s film THE ADDRESS, which tells the story of the Greenwood School in Putney, Vermont and its students — boys ages 11 to 17, all of whom face a range of learning differences — who each year are encouraged to memorize, practice and recite the Gettysburg Address. The film will air April 15, 2014 on PBS.

How You Can Participate

It’s easy! Visit learntheaddress.org, hit the “Share Your Gettysburg Address” tab and follow these simple steps:

1) Download or print the words to the Gettysburg Address and practice reading it out loud. Or if you are up for the whole challenge — memorize! — it’s only 272 words.

2) Record yourself (or have a friend record you) reading the speech using your computer, laptop, tablet, mobile device or digital video recorder.

3) Upload your video to YouTube and send us your link!

THE ADDRESS is a production of Florentine Films and WETA Washington, DC and is directed by Ken Burns. Funding for THE ADDRESS is provided by Bank of America; Public Broadcasting Service; Corporation for Public Broadcasting and members of The Better Angels Society, including Robert & Beverly Grappone.