Today marked the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. To bring the speech alive, so many years later, the Google Cultural Institute added three new exhibits to showcase the different copies of the famous speech. According to the announcement blog, you can:
- learn why there are five different versions, and explore how they differ
- see the copy that hangs in the Lincoln Bedroom.
- enjoy multimedia exhibits written by Lincoln experts for context around the speech
- read the 272-word reflections of our contemporaries like former President Jimmy Carter, former chairman of the NAACP Julian Bond, and Google’s Eric Schmidt on the legacy of Lincoln.
What I love about Google’s Cultural Institute is that it brings so many wonderful images, stories, speeches etc into millions of homes. To see these important pieces of work and learn about history, you can simply logon to your computer without leaving the couch. While it obviously doesn’t replace seeing or hearing things first hand, it is an awesome tool.
I encourage you to checkout the new exhibits on Lincoln and the Gettysburg address and check out the rest of the collections here.