Lincoln’s 200th Birthday

Thank goodness for well-preserved audio archives!

On the occasion of Lincoln’s 200th birthday, WNYC is sharing a clip from their audio archives recorded in 1938:

This is William R. Rathvon, the only known eyewitness of both Lincoln’s arrival at Gettysburg and the address itself to have left an audio recording of his recollections.

Click here to listen.

Sady Sullivan

About Sady Sullivan

Sady Sullivan is Director of Oral History at the Brooklyn Historical Society.
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2 Responses to Lincoln’s 200th Birthday

  1. Sady Sullivan Sady Sullivan says:

    so true, which is why I often remind people when we are interviewing them for our oral history collection “Imagine that someone is listening to this 100 years from now…”

  2. Robin says:

    I clicked on the link immediately – how cool is it that we could be one degree away from being at Gettysburg in 1863 ourselves. But it was kind of disappointing since he didn’t actually say anything about his impressions of hearing the Gettysburg Address.

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