The Address | Feature | Joel McNally
March 16, 2014
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's 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 will continue to grow as more and more people are inspired by the power of history and take the challenge to Learn the Address. Milwaukee Public Television is proud to be one of the many public television stations across the nation encouraging its viewers to learn the address. Many well-known Milwaukeeans have already recited the address - the mayor, the sheriff, the county executive, the police chief, MPTV's general manager and some of its on-air personalities just to name a few. Only 300 words, the Gettysburg Address resonates with Americans even today. Many educators use the address to teach students how the American government is supposed to work. Its powerful words not only remember the fierce Civil War battle that took place in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in 1863, but emphasizes the importance of preserving self-government.