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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."

 
For more information visit www.newhavenmuseum.org or facebook.com/NewHavenMuseum.


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