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National Park Service and Internet2 To Deliver 150th Anniversary Reading of the Gettysburg Address Live To Schools and Libraries Across the United States

The National Park Service, Internet2, and Internet2 member organizations across the country are partnering to deliver Tuesday’s Dedication Day ceremony marking the 150th Anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address live over the Internet2 ultrafast network to an estimated 90,000 colleges and universities, K-12 schools, public libraries, and museums nationwide. To watch the live web stream starting at 9:30 a.m. EST on Tuesday, November 19 or view the program archive, visit http://video.magpi.net/videos.

"The Gettysburg Anniversary showcases what the Internet2 community and the National Park Service can achieve by partnering together," said John S. Morabito, Vice President of External Relations and General Counsel, Internet2. “We welcome the National Park Service into our community as a new member of Internet2 and look forward to helping them share our nation's treasures with students across the country by using the Internet2 Network.”

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson will speak at the event, which also features U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, and a reading of the Gettysburg Address by Lincoln portrayer James Getty. In addition, 16 people will take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States and become U.S. citizens.

Following the official ceremony, seven K-12 schools and public libraries from around the country will connect with park rangers from Gettysburg National Military Park over interactive videoconferencing to discuss the following three themes:

  • The aftermath of the battle of Gettysburg;
  • Myths surrounding President Lincoln's visit to Gettysburg in 1863; and
  • The meaning of the Gettysburg Address, then and now.

The schools and libraries participating in the interactive videoconferencing program include:

Passaic Valley High School, Little Falls, New Jersey;
Cornell High School, Coraopolis, Pennsylvania;
Portage Lake District Library, Houghton, Michigan;
Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho;
Utah Education Network (students from Salt Lake City School District);
and Russell Middle School, Winder, Georgia.

This interactive portion of the program is part of the Presidential Primary Sources Project (PPSP), which is sponsored by Internet2’s U.S. UCAN K20 Initiative, U.S. Presidential Libraries and Museums, and the National Park Service.

Often called “the greatest university without walls,” the National Park Service has a history of leveraging technology to teach history, culture, and the forces that shape the nation’s natural environment throughout its nearly 200 year history.

The live web stream and interactive videoconferencing are made possible by staff and technology provided by the National Park Service, Internet2, MAGPI, Washington State University, Idaho Education Network (IEN), Idaho Regional Optical Network (IRON), Utah Education Network (UEN), NJEdge, PeachNet, Texas Education and Telecommunications Network (TETN), and MERIT Network, Inc.

For more information on this event, visit http://www.magpi.net/Community/Programs/150th-Anniversary-Gettysburg-Address.

About Internet2®

Internet2 is a member-owned advanced technology community founded by the nation's leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 provides a collaborative environment for U.S. research and education organizations to solve common technology challenges, and to develop innovative solutions in support of their educational, research, and community service missions.

Internet2 also operates the nation’s largest and fastest, coast-to-coast research and education network, and serves more than 90,000 research and educational institutions, including more than 245 U.S. universities, 70 government agencies, 38 regional and state education networks, 60 leading corporations working with our community and more than 100 national research and education networking partners representing more than 50 countries. Internet2 offices are located in Ann Arbor, MI; Emeryville, CA; Washington, D.C., and West Hartford, CT. For more information, visit www.internet2.edu or follow @Internet2 on Twitter.

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