Lincoln document going back on display

SPRINGFIELD — One of the most famous documents in United States history goes back on display at 9 a.m. today.

There are five original handwritten versions of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. One goes on display through Sept. 4 in the Treasures Gallery at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield.

Paid museum admission is required to view the document.

Two incomplete copies are in the Library of Congress, a finished one is at Cornell University, and the only one Lincoln signed and dated is in the Lincoln Bedroom of the White House.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum's copy, written at the request of Edward Everett, the main speaker at the Gettysburg Cemetery dedication, came to Illinois in 1944 thanks to the contributions of pennies by Illinois schoolchildren plus a donation by department store magnate Marshall Field III.

Illinois' copy contains the two famous additional words — under God — that Lincoln had not included in his two original draft copies.

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