Interactive Gettysburg Address

  • February 18, 2008
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This interactive experience was designed for access on a touchscreen kiosk in an exhibition as well as for a much wider audience on the Web. High resolution images give users a sense of “touching” the hand-written artifact as they zoom in and select “hotspots” revealing additional information. For example, touching the opening phrase “Fourscore and seven years ago” opens an explanation about how these words referred to 1776 and the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Want to know why this copy is signed by Lincoln? Touch his signature and learn that Lincoln wrote this copy in March 1864 for publication in an anthology, Autograph Leaves of Our Country’s Authors. At the publisher’s request he gave the address a title and signed his full name.

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Organization: Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

Audience: Museum visitors, students (K-12)

Role: Project lead, content developer

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