Gettysburg seeks loaner copy of Lincoln's Address

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 17, 2013 2:30 PM
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(Gettysburg) --  The Gettysburg Foundation is hoping to borrow one of the nation's most historic documents, an original copy of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

President Abraham Lincoln gave his iconic speech in November 1863, just months after the bloody three-day battle between Union and Confederate forces in Gettysburg.

Now, the foundation that runs Gettysburg National Military Park's museum and visitor center wants to put the document on public display as part of its celebration of the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's famed speech. It's asking to borrow a copy held by the Library of Congress.

Democratic Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Robert Casey has written to the Library of Congress  expressing his support of the plan.

But Gettysburg might have to look elsewhere. The Library of Congress does not lend either of its two copies of the speech because of their fragility and priceless nature.

Other copies are held by the White House, Cornell University and Lincoln's presidential library

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