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The Gettysburg Address   NEW!

Delivered four months after the battle, Lincoln's two-minute rhetorical masterpiece became one of history's most celebrated speeches about freedom, devotion and sacrifice. Join us to celebrate with a Lincoln scholar, Civil War music and local notables delivering the address. In partnership with the National Park Service.

PROGRAM 1:00 – 1:15 Prelude: Civil Music “Illinois” Doug Tracy Including “Lincoln & Liberty” – official campaign song of 1860 or maybe “The Battles of “63” which briefly refers to Gettysburg, “When Johnny Comes Marching Home – Blue/ Grey” - a variation of the song using Union & Confederate verses, “Dixie or Dixie’s Land” – Lincoln’s favorite and the last song he ever requested to be played

1:15 NW Indian Veteran Color Guard

1:20 Welcome: Vice President Bob Williamson

1:25 MC : Tracy Reilly Kelly, Mature Learning Program Manager Poem: “Nancy Hanks” Rosemary and Stephen Vincent Benet

1:35 – 2:30 “About Lincoln”: Elliott Trommald - Adjunct lecturer at Clark College in Vancouver. Trommald earned his BA at Yale, MA at Boston University, and Doctorate in American History at SUNY at Buffalo. He is a member of Oregon Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, PSU’s Friends of History, and Portland's Northwest District Association. Trommald’s awards, include Outstanding Teacher Award from the University of Chicago National Fellowship Award for Independent Study in the Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Humanities

2:30 – 2:40 Royce Pollard, Trustee Poem “O’Captain My Captain” by Walt Whitman

2:40 - 3:00 The Civil War in the West: Fort Vancouver

3:00 – 3:15 Break

3:15 – 3:30 The Gettysburg Address Introduction to the Speakers and Speech: Associate Vice President Kevin Kussman

Speakers: • TRACY FORTMANN National Park Service
• ROWENA TCHAO Clark College Foundation
• CLAIRE BAUER: Youth, Skyridge Middle School
• ROSALBA PITKIN College Diversity Outreach
• BILL CHARLES, Mature Learning Student
• MAYOR TIM LEAVITT, City of Vancouver
• JULIE EDDINGS, Indian Veteran Color Guard
• BILL RITCHIE, Religious Leader
• PAT JOLLOTA, Instructor, Mature Learning
• LISA GIBERT, President, Clark College Foundation
• SIRIUS BONNER, Advisor for Diversity & Equity

• 3:30 – Entire audience: The "Speech" in unison
• All join in “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”:
Music by “Illinois” Doug Tracy
• 3:50 - Adjourn

Foster Auditorium is at Clark’s West campus, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, there is free parking at Red Parking lots.