150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address LIVE with Gettysburg National Military Park

An Interactive Videoconference Event Made Possible in Partnership with the National Park Service, Internet2, and Internet2 Members
Target Audience: 
Students in Grades 7-12, Libraries, Colleges and Universities
Cost: 
Free
Requirements for Participation: 

LIVE WEBSTREAM: A live webstream is available at http://video.magpi.net To view the LIVE WEBSTREAM sites will need a web browser with internet capabilities

The National Park Service live webstream is available at: http://www.livestream.com/encompass

Interactive H.323 Event: Select schools and libraries participating in the interactive discussion with the Gettysburg National Park ranger following the reading and broadcast event require H.323 videoconference capabilities and connectivity to state/regional high speed network.

In the months after the Battle of Gettysburg the recovery efforts continued and November 19th was set aside as a special day for the dedication of the national cemetery for more than 3500 Union soldiers killed in battle.

This year's Dedication Day ceremony on November 19 will observe the 150th Anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. The ceremony takes place at 10 a.m. in the Soldiers' National Cemetery and is sponsored by Gettysburg National Military Park, the Gettysburg Foundation, the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania and Gettysburg College.

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson will speak at the event, which also features Governor Tom Corbett, a reading of the Gettysburg Address by Lincoln portrayer James Getty, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will administer the Oath of Allegiance to sixteen new citizens.

Internet2 Gettysburg Broadcast and Interactive Program for Schools & Libraries

The National Park Service, Internet2, and Internet2 members organizations across the country have teamed up to create an interactive videoconference educational program as a supplement to the live events in Gettysburg. The interactive videoconferene program will connect select schools and libraries around the country for an interactive reflection and Q&A session with a park ranger from Gettysburg National Military Park following the live broadcast of the Dedication Day ceremony events. This interactive Internet2 Gettysburg Address program is part of the Presidential Primary Sources Project. 

Pre-Program Activities

To best prepare students for participation in the interactive videoconference program, readings and lesson plans have been provided by the National Park Service on the aftermath of the battle at Gettysburg, the creation of Soldiers' National Cemetary, and understanding of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. To view these materials please download the "Unfinished Work" program guide in the Program Resources below. 

Guidance on Preparing Students for the Interactive Q&A Session with the Park Ranger 

A Gettysburg National Milirary Park ranger will address the students' questions in three areas: the aftermath of the battle of Gettysburg; myths surrounding Lincoln's visit to Gettysburg in 1863; and the meaning of the Gettysburg Address, then and now. Interactive videoconference sites are requested to submit questions prepared by the students for the Gettysburg Park Ranger in advance of the program.