Hello. Today is a very special podcast for me - #100! I would have never imagined almost exactly two years in 2005 when I started this podcast that I would one day have 100 episodes. This is a a very short podcast but from a very historic site - Gettysburg. I am in Gettysburg for the week attending a Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History this week and taking an in depth look at Lincoln and Race. I will have more on what will be a very exciting and full week in Gettysburg but today I just wanted to say thank you to all that listen to this podcast. The topics vary greatly from show to show and often there is little reason to the topic selected other than it somehow relates to education, technology or history. Thanks for all the e-mails - I try to answer them all and am still working through a few. This podcast has been a sort of audio journal for me over the past couple of years and I thank you for going along with me.
Direct link to Podcast #100 - Listener Appreciation Book Give Away in Gettysburg - MP3 File - 6:06 Minutes
As a small, very small, token of my appreciation I will be giving away two great books to listeners of the Speaking of History podcast - Manhunt - The 12 Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson and an author autographed copy of Guerrilla Season by Pat Hughes. Manhunt is a favorite of mine and of course Guerrilla Season is the basis for our book blog project and I'll actually be visiting Pat next week when I'm in Philadelphia for a Constitution Center workshop.
To enter the drawing all you need to do is send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and include your name and city. I will accept all names and cities until August 1, 2007. On August 1st I will place each name on an index card, lay them all out on my living room floor and have my 3 year old daughter select two cards as the winners. I will then announce and contact the winners to obtain their mailing address so that I can send them their book. I have no idea how many people will send in their name but hey, if there aren't many names you have a great shot at winning a great book for free.
Thanks again for listening to the podcast. I have a ton of fun doing it and I look forward to continuing the produce it. I hope to have some great episodes over the next two weeks from Gettysburg and Philadelphia.