Press Release: The Lincoln Leadership Institute Celebrates Lincoln’s 200th Birthday with Video on YouTube

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The Lincoln Leadership Institute Celebrates Lincoln’s 200th Birthday with move to historic David Wills House with YouTube video

Gettysburg PA, February 24, 2009 — The Lincoln Leadership Institute at Gettysburg launched a special YouTube video this week to celebrate the move into its new offices in the historic David Wills House — the location where the 16th president spent the night before reciting the historic Gettysburg Address.
“We are thrilled to have our headquarters in this beautifully restored historic landmark,” says Steven B. Wiley, president of the Lincoln Leadership Institute at Gettysburg, who spoke at the opening luncheon prior official ribbon cutting for the museum.

In honor of the event, Wiley also commissioned a special 10-foot statue of Lincoln for the entrance of his new office.

“Abraham Lincoln is one of nation’s greatest leaders, and we honor his legacy and his teachings in our programs, such as the three-day work session, A Transformational Journeys to Gettysburg,” Wiley notes. “We felt it only fitting to create a YouTube video with Lincoln scholar Jim Getty, for I had the pleasure of interviewing him — portraying Lincoln for the short film. After all, who wouldn’t have wanted to ask that amazing man a few questions?”

To find out what Abraham Lincoln might have been thinking the night before he gave the Gettysburg Address, watch Wiley’s interview on “YouTube”: Or read the official transcript of Wiley’s interview at, and below.

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What was Abraham Lincoln thinking the night before he gave his historic speech?

Lincoln Scholar Jim Getty as the 16th President of the United States

Jim Getty as Abraham Lincoln: 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, shall long endure.

Steven B. Wiley: Mr. President, we’re in the cemetery where you delivered that historic address. What emotions did that event evoke in you?

Lincoln: It amazes me to think that what would get into a man that he would be willing to die for something he would never see, the promise, the vision, that he would have had to keep this great country together so his loved ones in the future would have a more secure feeling of living.

Wiley: Tell me, what was your goal in delivering that address?

Lincoln: Well, they told me to keep it short, you know. When I got my invite, a few brief remarks, so I carefully put my words together, reminding my audience that it all started four score and seven years ago, when Jefferson gave us our birth certificate. And there was a tremendous payment on the future of that country made right here four and a half months earlier, and it was for them, the living, to go out and carry that message, that dream, in remembrance of what the sacrifice had been here, for them to go forth.

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 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.