150th anniversary of Lincoln Gettysburg address. November 17, 2013 2pm at the Trenton City Museum in Ellarslie Mansion in Cadwalader Park, Trenton, New Jersey.
On Sunday November 17th, The Trenton Museum Society will have a presentation and discussion to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg address. Concerning the Gettysburg Address, one of history’s most celebrated speeches, did you know there is a Trenton connection?
Lincoln made two short speeches in Trenton in February 1861 that remarkably presaged the Gettysburg address. One speech was made to the NJ State Senate, the other to the NJ Assembly. Lincoln had been elected President but had not yet been inaugurated into office. He stopped in Trenton while traveling toward his inauguration in Washington — and in a larger sense, toward his rendezvous with history.
Speaking before the NJ Senate, Lincoln recollected thinking, as a boy, about the Battle of Trenton. He recalled “The crossing of the river; the contest with the Hessians; the great hardships endured at that time.” He felt that the extraordinary efforts of the revolutionary soldiers were motivated by an extraordinary purpose even greater than achieving national independence. Lincoln was already thinking of great struggles lying ahead and of the important role of ideas in creating history. Compared to the power of ideas, Lincoln expressed his humility, and spoke of himself as the “humble instrument in the hands of the Almighty.”
Join us at the Trenton City Museum in Ellarslie Mansion in Cadwalader Park at 2 PM for a presentation and discussion to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg address. The program is free to members of the Trenton Museum Society and $5 for non-members. Learn more about the Gettysburg Address and its Trenton connection. David Bosted, Trenton Museum Society trustee, will give the presentation and lead the discussion.
http://ellarslie.org/ Trenton, New Jersey.