Google Showcases Lincoln's Gettysburg Address on Its 150th Anniversary
All five known, handwritten versions of the Gettysburg Address have been posted online for viewers to share in their brevity and power on today's anniversary.U.S. President Abraham Lincoln delivered his now famous Gettysburg Address 150 years ago today while standing on the hallowed site in central Pennsylvania. On this anniversary of Lincoln's speech, Google has brought together an exhibit of five handwritten versions of the 272-word address in an online gallery where visitors can view them and see their distinct differences. The special gallery in the online Google Cultural Institute was unveiled by Amrit Dhir, a Google partner development manager, in a Nov. 18 post on the Google Official Blog. "Today, on the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, we're helping make the past come a little bit more alive," wrote Dhir. "Three new exhibits now available on the Google Cultural Institute focus on President Lincoln and the 272 words that shaped a nation's understanding of its identity. Thanks to our friends at the White House, the Lincoln Library, Cornell University, Dickinson College and the Library of Congress, you can browse high-resolution digital versions of all five Lincoln-handwritten copies of the address." Five different copies of the Gettysburg Address were written by Lincoln and given to five different people, each named for the person to whom they were given, according to AbrahamLincolnOnline.org.
Visitors to the Google gallery can see all five versions, named for Col. Alexander Bliss, John Nicolay, John Hay, Edward Everett and George Bancroft. Two of the versions were presented before Lincoln delivered his speech, and the other three were presented later to their recipients, according to the site.