Learn the Address

THE ADDRESS: A Film by Ken Burns

Premieres Tuesday, April 15 at 9:00 p.m.

THE ADDRESS, a 90-minute feature length documentary by Ken Burns, will air on PBS this April.  The film tells the story of a tiny school in Putney Vermont, the Greenwood School, where each year the students are encouraged to practice, memorize, and recite the Gettysburg Address.  In its exploration of the Greenwood School, the film also unlocks the history, context and importance of President Lincoln’s most powerful address.

  • Watch Toledo Area Videos of the Address

    To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, documentarian Ken Burns, along with numerous partners, has launched a national effort to encourage everyone in America to video record themselves reading or reciting the speech.The collection of recordings housed on this site will continue to grow as more and more people are inspired by the power of history and take the challenge to LEARN THE ADDRESS.

  • About the Film

    The Address, a 90-minute feature length documentary by Ken Burns, will air on PBS April 15, 2014. The film tells the story of a tiny school in Putney Vermont, the Greenwood School, where each year the students are encouraged to memorize, practice and recite the Gettysburg Address. In its exploration of the Greenwood School, the film also unlocks the history, context and importance of President Lincoln's most powerful address.

  • Classroom Tips

    Reciting the entire Gettysburg Address is a challenging task for anyone, but recent studies have also shown that memorization of facts, or memorizing speeches or poetry, provide important benefits to students' brain function and development and serve as the basis for higher level thinking. Here are some tips for helping students, in school or at home, memorize the Address.

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