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Gettysburg Address Live Stream

by fifer1863 on November 19, 2013

Check out the live stream of the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address Event:

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Digital Historical Newspapers

by fifer1863 on May 9, 2011

While browsing my Delicious feed the other day, I came across the website and found it very interesting and thought I’d share. is providing digitized versions of newspapers from throughout history.  According the the website the “site focuses primarily on HOW news of major, and not so major, events in American history were reported in newspapers of the time. In addition, there is information about the technology used to produce newspapers over the past 400 years.”

Naturally,  my first thought was to explore the Civil War era.  So I clicked on the “Online Newspaper Archive” and then selected the 1861-1865 folder.  To my surprise, there were only three folders (63-65) within this folder.  Alas, perhaps they have not digitized all of the papers from 1861 & 1862 yet.  From there I drilled down to 1863 and saw a link for the November 20th Edition of the New York Times covering the Gettysburg Address.  From there it pulls up a thumbnail version of the newspaper which you can hover over and a magnified version of that area of the paper will appear in the center of the page.

After some zooming around, I finally found the article about the ceremony.


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It was interesting to read about the events that occurred that day (and the preceding evening) from a reporter’s point of view.  As I was reading the article I was thinking about how this could be used in the classroom and came up with some ideas.  Aside from using it as reference for a report, you could have your students research the event using photographs and other digital primary resources and then have them “report” on the event as though they were there.  You could use this as an example for how one could be written or use it afterward to see how your student’s compared to the original.

What are your thoughts on how this could be used in the classroom?


Exploring the Gettysburg Address with kids

by fifer1863 on April 8, 2011

Just a quick post today to share that I was asked to write a guest blog post for the National Museum of American History’s blog. The post is entitled, “Exploring the Gettysburg Address with Kids” and it was a great experience working with the staff at the Museum and exploring their resources.

Interactive Gettysburg Address

Please check it out on their blog and let me know what you think.


Teaching the Gettysburg Address Part 2

November 20, 2010

In Part 1 of of this series we started to look at some of the key words and concepts in the Gettysburg Address.  Let’s continue our exploration by looking for some deeper meanings.  Let’s begin again with the Wordle of Mr. Lincoln’s Famous speech: If you look at the Wordle, the larger and bolder words […]

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Teaching the Gettysburg Address

November 18, 2010

I have talked about the Gettysburg Address in the past but during the 2010 Civil War Preservation Trust Teacher’s Institute I attended a session by Mr. Chuck Teague on Teaching the Gettysburg Address.  He has graciously given me permission to share some of his presentation with you.  This is the first of a three part […]

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Examining the Image of Lincoln at Gettysburg

November 19, 2009

Since I have posted on The Gettysburg Address in the past, I thought I would share this USA Today headline article about a “new” image of Abe Lincoln at Gettysburg being found at the Library of Congress. The story discusses how an amateur historian was looking at photographs of the famous Gettysburg Address and found […]

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President Lincoln in Gettysburg

November 19, 2008

The following is from The Lincoln Log website and gives you an idea of what Lincoln’s day was like on November 19, 1863 prior to giving his famous speech. If you plan to have your students recite the Gettysburg Address for class, this should help provide some background information about the event.  Check out this […]

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The Gettysburg Address

October 1, 2008

“The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.” This simple sentence was spoken on November 19, 1863, by President Abraham Lincoln when he gave the now famous Gettysburg Address and it reminds us of how important it is that we take every […]

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