It’s the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. Ken Burns, the documentary filmmaker, is releasing his new documentary next spring called The Address. Its focus is on a small boarding school in southern Vermont called Greenwood School. This school is dedicated to giving young men, ages 11 – 17, with learning differences the skills and strategies necessary to overcome their learning disabilities and to realize their potential for success. Every year the students are encouraged to memorize and recite the Gettysburg Address. In his documentary Burns weaves together Greenwood School’s involvement with the Gettysburg Address and the Address’s own historical significance.
To celebrate the 150th anniversary on November 19 Ken Burns, along with his partners, has launched a national effort to encourage everyone in America to video themselves reading or reciting the speech. The recordings will be stored on the Learntheaddress.com website. Taylor Swift, Stephen Colbert, Bill Gates, all the living presidents, Whoopi Goldberg, Martha Stewart, Uma Thurman and many Republicans and Democrats are among many who have already posted their ‘Address’ to the site. There is also a wonderful address mashup that is a must see! The Address is American, not Republican or Democrat, and Ken Burns is hoping it will remind America that “when you do things in unison, you feel a little better”.