Reading ‘The Address’

Illinois Public Media staff joined with our Community Advisory Committee members and University of Illinois College of Media staff to remember the Gettysburg Address by reading the speech ahead of the PBS presentation of Ken Burns’ The Address at 8 pm Tuesday, April 15, on WILL-TV.

The Gettysburg Address: A Reading from WILL

In The Address, Burns tells the story of the Greenwood School in Putney, Vermont, where each year the students are encouraged to memorize, practice and recite the Gettysburg Address in front of their classmates and teachers.

Students at Greenwood  prepare for delivering The Gettysburg Address
In its exploration of Greenwood—whose students, boys ages 11-17, all face a range of complex learning differences—the film also unlocks the history, context and importance of President Lincoln’s most powerful address.

Ken Burns and PBS are challenging people across the country, especially students, to create a video of themselves reading or reciting the Gettysburg Address. Join the project by sharing your Gettysburg Address at