President Obama invited to mark 150th anniversary of Gettysburg Address

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 24, 2013 10:42 AM

 (Gettysburg) -- Governor Corbett plans to attend next month's ceremony marking the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln's Gettysburg address, but there's still no word on whether President Obama will participate. 

Corbett's office has confirmed he'll attend the November 19th sesquicentennial of Lincoln's speech at Gettysburg National Military Park. 

It's also the day that marks the dedication of the national cemetery where more than 35-hundred Union soldiers killed in the Battle of Gettysburg are buried.

The National Park Service says the president has been invited to the event, which will include a speech by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson and a reading of the Gettysburg address by a Lincoln portrayer.


Here's a list of special events planned for November 19th in Gettysburg:

From Lincoln’s Desk: A Special Display of Signed Documents – A special exhibit in the Gettysburg Address Gallery of the Museum of the American Civil War including the following documents:  pages with signatures of individuals who attended the November 19, 1863 Dedication Ceremony in Gettysburg; a letter from President Lincoln to a member of his administration specifying remarks in a newspaper, and a signed pardon from President Lincoln.  Opening Saturday, November 16 through 2013 at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center.  Admission is included in the price of the museum ticket.  Open daily, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Lincoln Scholars Book Signings - Join scholars and historians for a special book signing event commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. Noted authors of works on Abraham Lincoln, the Gettysburg Address, the battle of Gettysburg and the American Civil War will be available to answer questions and sign their works on Saturday and Sunday, November 16 - 17.  The free event will be held at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center lobby.

 Gettysburg National Military Park and Gettysburg Foundation Lincoln Lecture SeriesOn November 16, 17 and 18, in commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, Gettysburg National Military Park rangers and historians present free, one-hour talks about President Lincoln’s visit to Gettysburg 150 years ago, the story of Lincoln and his “few appropriate remarks,” and the larger context and impact of the now immortal address on the war effort and the nation.  Details are available online.

These Honored Dead: Death and Rebirth in the Civil War - Join the Gettysburg Foundation, Gettysburg National Military Park and Gettysburg College for a panel discussion with acclaimed filmmaker Ric Burns, director of Death and the Civil War, and Dr. Drew Gilpin Faust author of This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War, on which the documentary is based. Q & A will follow; event moderated by Admiral Mike Mullen on Monday, November 18th.  The book signing begins at 5 p.m.  The panel discussion begins at 6 p.m.  It's a free event, but tickets are required.

David Wills House Open House - Follow in the footsteps of President Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg citizen David Wills, and numerous others 150 years later with a tour of the David Wills House, the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wills, who hosted more than thirty guests on the evening of November 18, 1863, including President Lincoln and Edward Everett. View the office where Wills worked as he oversaw the creation and dedication of Soldiers’ National Cemetery, and see where President Lincoln finished his now immortal Gettysburg Address the night before he delivered “a few appropriate remarks.”  The free event begins at 6 p.m.

Graveside Salute to the U.S. Colored TroopsOn November 19 at noon in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery at the grave of Charles H. Parker, located along the west side of the cemetery.  Keynote speaker is Scott Hancock, associate professor of History and Africana Studies at Gettysburg College. Sponsored by “For the Cause” Productions and Gettysburg National Military Park.   For more information go to:

 Bliss Farm Tree Planting DedicationOn November 19 at 2:30 p.m., the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership, in collaboration with Gettysburg National Military Park and The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resource’s TreeVitalize program, will conduct a tree planting ceremony at the Bliss Farm on the fields of Pickett’s Charge.  The tree planting is part of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership’s Living Legacy Project, an initiative with the goal of planting one tree for each of the 620,000 soldiers that died during the American Civil War.  The ceremony is free and open to the public and includes remarks by park Superintendent Bob Kirby, keynote remarks by General Gordon R. Sullivan (USA – Retired), a former Army Chief of Staff, and a performance by the West Point Alumni Glee Club.  The event takes place on Long Lane just west of Steinwehr Avenue.  More information can be found at

 The 11th Annual Remembrance Day Illumination - Join the Gettysburg Foundation in observing the 11th Annual Luminaria in which nearly 3,500 luminary candles are placed on Civil War graves in Soldiers’ National Cemetery at Gettysburg National Military Park as a testament to the sacrifices made on this battlefield in 1863.  Details are available through the Gettysburg Foundation.

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