“Understanding Lincoln” Course Closes with Gettysburg Address Exhibit at Google Cultural Institute

Gettysburg, PA (November 19, 2013) – The “Understanding Lincoln” online graduate course, jointly sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the House Divided Project at Dickinson College, comes to a rousing conclusion today on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, with a series of special presentations at the historic Wills House in Gettysburg. The presentations include the curator’s launch of “Lincoln’s Gettysburg Addresses: July 7, 1863–March 11, 1864,” a brand new online exhibit hosted at Google Cultural Institute and written and produced by course instructor Matthew Pinsker.

The House Divided Project at Dickinson College and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History have been co-sponsoring the “Understanding Lincoln” online course since July 2013 for nearly 750 participants from around the globe.

Participants in the course contributed content to the unique “Lincoln’s Gettysburg Addresses” exhibit, which can be found here: http://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/exhibit/lincoln-s-gettysburg-addresses/wReow-98. What makes the exhibit so unique is that the Google Cultural Institute helped arrange for high-resolution images from all five of the known copies of the Gettysburg Address in Lincoln’s own handwriting.

Contributions from course participants highlighted in the exhibit credits include:

  • Video of First Graders conducting a Common Core-style close reading of the Gettysburg Address courtesy of graduate participant Sarah Turpin and her elementary students in Clemson, SC
  • Images of Samuel Wilkeson, a noted wartime journalist, with the research assistance from graduate participant Martha Bohnenberger, an educator from Greenville, SC. Matthew Pinsker argues in the exhibit that the previously unknown origins of Lincoln’s famous phrase “new birth of freedom” came from Wilkeson, who wrote in the New York Times, after the Battle of Gettysburg that the dead had baptized a “second birth of Freedom in America.” Bohnenberger’s work on the Wilkeson image has been discussed here: http://housedivided.dickinson.edu/sites/blogdivided/2013/09/28/who-is-the-real-sam-wilkeson/.
  • Essential work on the flagship website for the course, “Lincoln’s Writings: The Multi-Media Edition” from Dickinson College interns Russ Allen, Leah Miller and Will Nelligan who have been open participants in “Understanding Lincoln” and also interns supporting the course. The National Endowment for the Humanities website EDSITEment recently named “Lincoln’s Writings” as “Best of the Web” for November 2013. The site is located at http://housedivided.dickinson.edu/sites/lincoln/.
  • Major video production work from Gilder Lehrman Institute Director of Digital Projects Lance Warren who developed numerous videos for the course, including one featuring Matthew Pinsker conducting a concise, close reading of the Gettysburg Address that helps close the “Lincoln’s Gettysburg Addresses” exhibit.

The final course session takes place at the Wills House on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time and will feature project presentations from three graduate participants who have been selected for the quality of their multimedia work:

  • Lois MacMillan from Grant’s Pass, OR
  • Michael Van Wambeke from Fairfax, VA
  • Rhonda Webb from Roswell, GA

The entire session will be available live-streamed and by video archive at http://new.livestream.com/gilderlehrman/lincoln.

About the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Founded in 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is the nation’s leading nonprofit provider of K–12 teacher training and classroom resources in American History. Our programs promote excellence in the teaching and learning of American history. Gilder Lehrman programs include Teacher Seminars, a national Affiliate School Program, online courses, Traveling Exhibitions, online materials, and more for teachers, students, and the general public. Visit www.gilderlehrman.org to learn more.

About House Divided Project at Dickinson College
Dickinson College, founded in 1773, is a highly selective, private residential liberal-arts college known for its innovative curriculum. The House Divided Project at Dickinson, directed by history professor Matthew Pinsker, specializes in building digital resources on the Civil War era for K–12 and undergraduate classrooms. To find out more about the project and its flagship online course, “Understanding Lincoln,” go to http://housedivided.dickinson.edu/sites/

About the Google Cultural Institute
The Google Cultural Institute is dedicated to creating technology that helps the cultural community to bring their art, archives, heritage sites and other material online. The aim is to increase the range and volume of material from the cultural world that is available for people to explore online and in doing so, democratize access to it and preserve it for future generations