Gettysburg National Military Park Commemorates 151st Anniversary of Gettysburg Address

21 November 2014
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Gettysburg National Military Park hosted multiple events to mark the 151st anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's famous Gettysburg Address.

On Tuesday, November 18th, guests were invited to tour the historic David Wills House Museum in Gettysburg, where Lincoln penned the immortal Gettysburg Address. On the same day in 1863, the Wills family hosted 38 guests at their home the night before the Soldiers’ National Cemetery dedication ceremony.

To follow up the historic day for the David Wills House Museum, USCIS naturalized 16 new citizens during a special ceremony on Wednesday, November 19th. James Getty, a beloved Lincoln portrayer, recited the famous Gettysburg Address. As a special bonus, USCIS streamed the ceremony live for those outside of Gettysburg to enjoy.

Henry Adams was tasked by the National Park Service with providing mechanical, electrical, fire protection and telecommunications improvements to the David Wills House Museum. The project preserved the historic fabric of the home and required close coordination with the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Officer.