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Norwich - Anyone entering the Slater Auditorium at noon Tuesday might think they've stumbled upon auditions for a play. Student after student will read aloud President Abraham Lincoln's farewell address to Springfield, Ill., before he left to be inaugurated as the nation's 16th president.
"I now leave, not knowing when, or whether ever, I may return, with a task before me greater than that which rested upon Washington," the students will read.
It's an attempt to set a world record. To mark the start of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, several organizations are sponsoring the effort to set the world record for the most people reading aloud from the same document simultaneously. The record is 223,363 participants on Dec. 13, 2006. Because the Guinness Book requires at least a five-minute duration for the record, students will read the short speech over and over to reach the time requirements.