The Address

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 9:00pm - 10:30pm

Watch as students from the Greenwood School memorize, practice and recite the Gettysburg Address.

The Address, a new film from award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, premieres Tuesday, April 15 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV.The film tells the story of a tiny school in Putney, Vermont, the Greenwood School, where each year the students are encouraged to memorize, practice, and recite the Gettysburg Address. In its exploration of the Greenwood School, the film also unlocks the history, context and importance of President Lincoln’s most powerful address.

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.

In celebration of the film and to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, WXXI has joined Ken Burns’ and PBS’ national public outreach campaign to challenge everyone across the country, especially students to submit their recordings. We encourage kids and adults of all ages to learn the 272-word Gettysburg Address, and video record themselves reading or reciting it.  You can submit your video online at WXXI.org/theaddress.

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This film is presented as part of MOVE TO INCLUDE, a partnership between WXXI and the Golisano Foundation designed to stimulate community dialogue about the perspectives of people with physical and intellectual disabilities. Its mission is toultimately build a community that celebrates abilities.

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Local support for this broadcast is provided by:

Funding for THE ADDRESS is provided by Bank of America; the Anne Ray Charitable Trust; Public Broadcasting Service; and members of The Better Angels Society, including The Pfeil Foundation and Robert & Beverly Grappone. Funding was also provided by Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), as part of “American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen,” a public media initiative to help communities solve the national high school dropout crisis and keep more students on a successful path to college and career.