Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Thankfulness Day 19

Today, I am thankful for historical records. Since that's what I want to study at college (archiving and all that), it's kind of a big thing with me.

First off, it is the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg address. It is a beautiful and moving speech. Lincoln didn't show up to cast blame or to insist anyone got what they deserved. Instead, he honored all the soldiers, regardless of which side they fought on. He made copies of this speech, one of which was given to the Cornell University library. Thanks to the historian Bancroft, we can still read that speech in Lincoln's own handwriting (which looks about as legible as mine).

Secondly, thanks to historical records, da Vinci's instrument the viola organista has been built. We had da Vinci's designs on hand, but it took Slawomir Zubrzycki to build it. Now, after 500 years, it's been heard for the first time. Check it out here!


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