A Message from the President
For more than eighty years, the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania has encouraged citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and throughout the United States of America to recall the poignant words of Abraham Lincoln's address. Lincoln's words spoken in Gettysburg remind us of the guiding principles which inspired the founders of this nation. They sought to establish a nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all are created equal. Those early leaders did not fully attain those lofty goals, and the Civil War fought some four score years later served as a painful reminder that additional work was required before those ideals could be completely achieved. As an organization dedicated to remembering Lincoln’s address, the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania commits itself to honoring those founding principles of liberty and equality for all by helping to educate the public about Lincoln’s legacy and to encourage reflection upon the meaning of Lincoln’s address to both past and present Americans. Lincoln’s challenge to the American public to rededicate itself to the great task remaining before us sought both to unify and galvanize to action a grieving nation amidst the strife and suffering of civil war. But his words are no less inspirational to us today, as they encourage us toward positive civic engagement and a unified national purpose rooted in a shared set of principles for which countless Americans have sacrificed their lives. We urge all citizens to reflect on Lincoln’s address and commit ourselves to the difficult, but necessary work of achieving the full realization of our founding fathers’ vision for America that Lincoln so eloquently captured in November of 1863.