As part of the Lincoln Memorial Shrine’s commemoration of the 160th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, we invite children in the 5th-8th grades to participate by reciting the address during a special event on Sunday, November 19 at 1pm in Smiley Park, in between the Lincoln Shrine and A.K. Smiley Public Library. Participants will be provided with the text ahead of time and will have it printed on the day of the event, but kids are welcome to try to memorize it, if they would like the challenge. The speech is short—Lincoln famously read it in just two minutes—so it would be a relatively brief commitment, but having children read it would a great way to celebrate the anniversary. All participants will receive a commemorative edition of the Gettysburg Address to take home with them.
The rest of the program will include music by Mountain Fifes and Drums, a youth living history group for children 10-18 years of age, as well as Camp Carleton Band, and the 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery, which would provide a cannon demonstration that is always popular with kids and adults alike.
To sign up, please contact the Heritage Room of A.K. Smiley Public Library at (909)798-7632 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.