Friday, November 8, 2013

At the New Haven Museum: 'A Riveting Reenactment: 150th Anniversary of Gettysburg Address'

"Brings Lincoln to Life at New Haven Museum"

NEW HAVEN -  The New Haven Museum will "bring Civil War history to life for the contemporary public" on the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address, according to a statement.

“'The Gettysburg Address in Deed and Context: A Reading on the 150th Anniversary” will provide a stirring portrayal of Lincoln by renowned reenactor Howard Wright, and enlightening commentary by Dr. Matthew Warshauer, author, professor of history at Central Connecticut State University, and co-chair of the Connecticut Civil War Commemoration Commission," the statement said.
The presentation will be held at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at the New Haven Museum.

Admission is free; donations are welcomed. A reception follows, the release said.

"The Gettysburg Address remains one of the seminal documents in American history. Wright’s one-of-a-kind presentation gives contemporary audiences a new appreciation for events that led to the speech’s creation," the release said. "Dressed in period clothing (including frock coat and stove-pipe hat), Wright speaks in the first person and lends context to Lincoln’s speeches and other writings. His delivery approximates how Lincoln spoke and sounded: he speaks slowly, in a high tenor voice, with a Kentucky accent." 

"Wright’s performance allows the audience to measure Abraham Lincoln’s magnitude by listening to his words and unique use of the English language. Lincoln’s writing style was influenced by a lifelong passion of reading Elizabethan literature, including Shakespeare and the King James Bible. When Lincoln composed a speech, he often read his words aloud in order to hear how they would sound. His speeches were intended, after all, to be heard, not read."

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