A Memorable Speech … Seven Score and 16 Years Ago

19 November
Seven score and 16 years ago (1863), President Abraham Lincoln gave one of the most famous speeches in US history, The Gettysburg Address.

1863: Partial photographic copy of the Gettysburg Address, delivered by President Lincoln at the war cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. (Photo by MPI/Getty Images)

Seven Score and 15 Years Ago …

19 November 1863
Seven score and 15 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln gave one of the most famous speeches in US history, The Gettysburg Address:

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Abraham Lincoln, “Gettysburg Address” Delivered by Lincoln at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on 19th November 1863




25 Best Books about Lincoln

Abraham LincolnWith Presidents Day coming up on February 18 and the buzz about the Oscar-nominated movie Lincoln, you may want to learn more about our nation’s 16th president, Abraham Lincoln.

Check out this list of 25 best books about Lincoln from Abe.com.

A search of the ODIN library catalog shows that the BSC Library owns several on the list.  If you want one that we don’t have, we can get it for you through interlibrary loan.

Check them out!

Note: Image from the Library’s Britannica Image Quest database. 

And Another Piece of the Puzzle Slides into Place ….

Thanks to some dedicated puzzlers, 1,198 pieces in the 2,000 piece Van Gogh Cafe Terrace at Night jigsaw puzzle slid into place last week.  [Unfortunately, two pieces went missing somewhere along the line.]

We Have a New Challenge in Time for Presidents Day!

A puzzle comprised of miniature photographs to make a portrait of

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States.

It’s waiting for YOU at the BSC Library!

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