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July 24, 2014, 10:20 am
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150th Anniversary of Gettysburg Address Tuesday, Copy on Hand at Presidential Museum


Tuesday marks the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, and one of only five known copies of the speech written in Lincoln’s own hand is on display this week at the Presidential Museum.

 

The state came into possession of the historic document in the 1940s, when children were enlisted to participate in a coin drive.

 

The project raised $60,000 to purchase it from a New York manuscript dealer.

 

Governor Pat Quinn will be on hand at the museum at midnight tonight for a reading of the 272-word speech by Lincoln presenter Fritz Klein.

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