April 9, 2014

New Ken Burns documentary honors the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address

Lincoln’s words inspired the nation. Now Ken Burns hopes every American will learn the Gettysburg Address

Tucson, Arizona – April 8, 2014 – “The Address,” a new film from award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, tells the story of a tiny school in Putney, Vermont, the Greenwood School. Each year the students are encouraged to memorize, practice and recite the Gettysburg Address. In its exploration of the Greenwood School, Burns unlocks the history, context and importance of President Lincoln’s most powerful address. The documentary premieres on April 15 on PBS 6 at 9 p.m. with encore broadcasts on Memorial Day weekend, May 25 at 6:30 and May 26 at 11 p.m., and on the Fourth of July at 10 p.m.

The Greenwood School students, boys ages 11-17, all face a range of complex learning differences that make their personal, academic and social progress challenging. “The Address” reveals how President Lincoln’s historic words motivate and engage these students a century-and-a-half after Lincoln delivered a speech that would go on to embolden the Union cause with some of the most stirring words ever spoken.

Take the Address – A national public outreach campaign tied to Ken Burns’ film “The Address,” challenges everyone across the country, especially students, to learn about and read aloud the Gettysburg Address. Arizona Public Media® has joined the initiative by recording Southern Arizonans reciting the Address at the 2014 Tucson Festival of Books. AZPM has posted more than 50 individual videos recorded on March 15 and 17 at the festival to the national site. Over the next several months AZPM will be out recording more recitations in the community. Visit azpm.org/ “The Address” webpage and watch two outstanding video mash-ups from the festival and learn how to record your own recitation of the Address and post it to the national website.

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