Penn State Harrisburg

Penn State Harrisburg students’ design project displayed at national competition, premiere of latest Ken Burns film

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Students in Craig Welsh’s Advanced Graphic Design class at Penn State Harrisburg this semester constructed an 8' x 42' panorama of the text of the Gettysburg Address, which they crafted out of cardboard boxes and painstakingly hand-cut each letter.  The panorama made its world premiere at the recent National Gettysburg Address Competition, where it served as the backdrop.

View photos of the panorama

An annual student competition, the National Gettysburg Address Competition features a contest for the best recitation of the Gettysburg Address.  Internationally recognized designer, Welsh, assistant professor of communications and humanities, served on the judging panel for the competition.

Burns’ film, The Address, premiered at the culmination of the competition. The film tells the story of students at The Greenwood School in Putney, VT, which serves Learning Different students up to age 17, who took on the competition’s challenge to recite the address with remarkable results.

In its exploration of the academic and personal development of the Greenwood School students, the film also unlocks the history, context and importance of President Lincoln’s most powerful address.

The 90-minute feature length documentary film, The Address, will have its broadcast premiere on PBS Tuesday, April 15, at 9 p.m.