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The Address


The Address: “Know It by Heart/Take It to Heart”

WGBY challenges YOU to learn the Gettysburg Address. Our goal is to celebrate the 150th anniversary of this remarkable address by reminding you of the principles embodied in its words, so that you are challenged to “take increased devotion to that cause” for which so many have given “the last full measure of devotion.” The address holds a message that U.S. citizens should not only know by heart, but take to heart.

Our goal is to get at least “four-score and seven” video recordings of people like you reciting the address.

WGBY’s project is a part of a larger national partnership with Ken Burns and PBS, who have launched a major public outreach campaign to challenge everyone across the country, especially students, to video record themselves reading or reciting the Gettysburg Address.

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 who each year are encouraged to memorize, practice and recite the Gettysburg Address. The film will air April 15, 2014 on PBS.

Ready to join in? Use the submittal form on the right side of this page.  If you are having trouble uploading your video to YouTube or don't have a YouTube account, please email your video to Harold Wolfe at hwolfe@wgby.org


WGBY viewers who have learned the Gettysburg Address and submitted their video



Funding for THE ADDRESS is provided by Bank of America; the Anne Ray Charitable Trust; Public Broadcasting Service; and members of The Better Angels Society, including The Pfeil Foundation and Robert & Beverly Grappone. Funding was also provided by Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), as part of “American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen,” a public media initiative to help communities solve the national high school dropout crisis and keep more students on a successful path to college and career.