A Message (and Challenge)
From The Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Carla Knorowski
This year marks the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and Abraham Lincoln’s writing and delivery of the Gettysburg Address. On that November day back in 1863, Lincoln was challenged to speak about the enormity of Gettysburg. The loss and lessons of the battle were so great, so devastating, and so humbling, that Lincoln used the fewest number of words--272--with the fewest number of syllables to convey the greatest, most important message of the time--some say of all time. Today, some seven-and-a-half scores later, we still hold sacred its message.
To commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Address, on the 19th day of the 11th month of this, our 2013th year, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Museum and Foundation challenge you to participate in an historic project: “272 Words,” wherein people from all walks of life write 272 words in the spirit of the 16th U.S. President. You can write about Abraham Lincoln, the Gettysburg Address or a cause which stirs your passions, but remember, in the spirit of Mr. Lincoln, write only 272 words.
“272 Words” is an opportunity to share your voice. Submit an essay and who knows, you might just see it on display in the Museum along with Lincoln’s own 272-word masterpiece. We invite you to honor Mr. Lincoln and commemorate this historic anniversary with your participation. In a small, but significant way, your 272 words will continue to advance the “unfinished work” we as a united, freedom-loving nation will always have before us.
These are my 272 words. Now why not grab a quill and go write yours?