The Museum is pleased to welcome back noted Lincoln impersonator George Buss, joined by Illinois folk musician and folklorist Chris Vallillo, in their new show, Abraham Lincoln: The Great Communicator on Tuesday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m. This free, public program is sponsored by the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition and partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

This theatrical performance will be presented as a casual conversation between President Abraham Lincoln and Vallillo discussing Lincoln’s gifts as a communicator and way he used those skills for the betterment of mankind throughout his life and presidency. In the midst of the conversation, Vallillo will perform period music and the President will quote passages from some of his favorite speeches. Prior to the program, Sarah Watson, Executive Director of Looking for Lincoln, will share a few words about Looking for Lincoln and the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area.

Buss has portrayed Abraham Lincoln for over 30 years for thousands of audiences across the United States to critical acclaim, including C-Span, the Lincoln Forum, and many Civil War reenactments. He has been selected to deliver the annual address at the commemoration at Gettysburg, and is featured in a short video about Lincoln’s connection to Bloomington in the Museum’s Visitors Center.

Vallillo is a nationally known singer/songwriter and roots musician, who makes the people and places of “unmetropolitan” America come to life in song. He has twice served as the Illinois State Scholar for the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit on roots music, New Harmonies. The CD from his one man show Abraham Lincoln in Song reached #10 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Album Chart in March 2008. In 2016 his latest show and recording, Oh Freedom! Songs of the Civil Rights Movement, was #6 on the folk charts.

Light refreshments will be served immediately after the program.


  • Occurred Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 @ 7:00 pm


McLean County Museum of History

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Bloomington, IL 61701

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