The Gettysburg Address, written with 272 words and delivered in all of two-and-a-half minutes, is profound in its brevity, simplicity and poignancy. It is a gift from our beloved 16th President to our nation and our posterity—a reminder of the work we have before us as vigilant and mindful citizens.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM) preserves and protects one of five remaining copies of The Gettysburg Address written in President Lincoln’s own hand, just as it preserves, protects and presents more than 51,000 other Lincoln-related artifacts and documents. All these treasures continue to inspire and teach and are made available to the public only through the ALPLM.
While we do not possess Lincoln’s gift of expression and prose, we, like Lincoln wish to share a message with you as simply and poignantly as possible. Abraham Lincoln needs your support. The Gettysburg Address needs your continued care and attention. We ask you now, during this historic 150th anniversary of the writing and delivery of the Address, to highly resolve and commit yourself to preserving this great document and its legacy through a gift to the annual fund. Your financial support will help us in these very difficult economic times to ensure the Lincoln legacy is not simply an oral one, but one which can be permanently viewed and experienced in very real and tangible ways-a lasting legacy which shall not perish from the earth.
Please take a moment right now to contribute to the annual fund and honor the man, who, like those at Gettysburg, gave the last full measure of devotion and who gave his life, so that the nation might live. Thank you for your generous commitment and for commemorating this special 150th anniversary.
Carla Knorowski, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer