My Gettysburg Address



Let me say it flat out: next Saturday, July 2, at 9:30 am I’m going to be the first speaker at this year’s Gettysburg Sacred Trust Talks and Book Signing at Gettysburg National Military Park. I’m thrilled! So thrilled that I’d put an entire row of exclamation points at the end of the sentence if it weren’t the punctuation equivalent of squealing.

Don’t expect an immortal two-minute flash of brilliance. Each speaker has 40 minutes to speak, with time for questions at the end. I suspect the organizers would be annoyed with Lincoln himself if he didn’t fill his slot.*

You can see all the details of the program here: Sacred Trust Program

If you’re in the area, I’d love to see you. If you’re not in the area, but are interested in hearing me–or one of the other speakers–the program is going to be live-streamed at You can even tweet your questions in real time to @VisitGettysburg using the hashtag #SacredTrustTalks

Oh, what the heck. Dignity is overrated. !!!!!!!!! SQUEEE!

*On the other hand, they probably have a hook ready to pull anyone off the stage who tries to emulate Edward Everett’s** two hours of erudite oration.

**The famous speaker who was the headliner who Lincoln blew off the stage. Not the American character actor. That’s Edward Everett Horton.




  1. Stephanie on June 25, 2016 at 1:13 am

    Congratulations and how exciting. Good luck.

  2. Bart Ingraldi on June 25, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Wow. I’ll be tuning in with a bowl of popcorn!

    Here’s a couple of more for you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Theresa on June 25, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    How fabulous! You’ll be wonderful.

  4. Amy on June 26, 2016 at 12:57 am

    I will watch! This has been a long time coming! Happy for you!

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