Like many history-loving dads, Jim Conant took his family on vacations to Gettysburg and other Civil War battlefields. But unlike many, he had a son who not only shared his passion, he took it a step further. Sean Conant recalls that his father suggested they “make it a quest to visit all five places that held original copies of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.” Along the journey, a documentary was born.
Over the past year, Jim and Sean have traveled from their home in Hampton, N.H., to view the five known copies of the speech written in Lincoln’s hand. Besides shooting the trip on HD video, they have interviewed Civil War historians, Lincoln scholars, entertainers, writers, and more. The talking heads include Henry Louis Gates Jr. and John Stauffer of Harvard University, William M. Fowler of Northeastern University, US Senators Dick Durbin of Illinois and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, actor Matthew Broderick, and journalist Tom Brokaw.