From The Register-Mail:
Knox College is participating in what aims to be a world-record event on Friday, February 11 with simultaneous readings, at Knox and numerous other sites, of Abraham Lincoln’s 1861 “Farewell Address” in Springfield, Illinois.
The readings coincide with the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s remarks on February 11, 1861, at the train station in Springfield, as the president-elect departed for his inauguration on March 4 in Washington, D.C.
The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and the State-Journal Register newspaper in Springfield are coordinating the events, hoping to set a record for the greatest number of simultaneous readings from a single text.
Knox is inviting the public to join students and faculty in a reading of the Farewell Address at Old Main, a National Historic Landmark and the only original building from the Lincoln-Douglas Debates. The audience at Knox in 1858 is believed to have been the largest in the series of debates that propelled Lincoln to national prominence, culminating in his election as president in 1860.
“Everyone from Knox and the community is invited to take part,” said Catherine Denial, assistant professor of history at Knox, who is coordinating the event. “No matter what the weather, we’ll begin reading the address at 11 a.m. on the east side of Old Main, and we’ll read continuously for at least five minutes, which is the threshold set for a Guinness World Record.”
Persons who would like to participate in the reading should register with Denial in advance, by sending an e-mail message to