FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — The Lincoln-Douglas Society of Freeport and Looking for Lincoln are proud to announce it will host “Lincoln, the Great Communicator” online specifically for a Freeport audience on July 15 at 7 pm. Tune in to Facebook on the Lincoln-Douglas Society page to watch the event.
The live, online performance will combine period music with conversation and narrative by President Lincoln using Lincoln’s own words while illuminating Lincoln’s use of communication as a personal and political tool. This engaging show features Lincoln impersonator George Buss and Illinois folk musician and folklorist Chris Vallillo. The performance will be followed by a live Q&A with Buss and Vallillo.
Nicole Bauer, who is President of the Lincoln-Douglas Society, reflects, “Many people in Freeport and the surrounding communities have studied Lincoln and his speeches that have withstood the test of time. Regardless if you are a scholar of Lincoln or not, this performance will help expand your knowledge of Lincoln and his extraordinary use of the written and spoken word. Plus, you will enjoy this performance by George Buss and Chris Vallillo. Freeport is fortunate to have our Lincoln connection and our nationally renowned Lincoln interpreter, George Buss.”
This theatrical-style performance is presented as a casual conversation between President Lincoln and Vallillo discussing Lincoln’s gifts as a communicator and way he used those skills for the betterment of mankind throughout his lifetime. In the way midst of conversation, Vallillo will perform period music on the guitar, bottleneck slide Dobro, banjo and jaw harp to illustrate Lincoln’s point and the President will quote passages from some of his favorite speeches.
“This performance provides an engaging way for viewers to learn more about Abraham Lincoln and the work of Looking for Lincoln and the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area in telling that story,” said Looking for Lincoln Executive Director Sarah Watson.
This is a collaborative project involving Looking for Lincoln, Lincoln-Douglas Society of Freeport, Chris Vallillo, and George Buss. Lincoln, the Great Communicator is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
Freeport joined the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area in 2019 with the passing of key legislation that described the city’s Lincoln legacy and story. Being a part of the heritage area allows Freeport to be represented with the larger Lincoln story in Illinois through promotional materials, interpretive programs and a shared inspiration for the 16th President.
The Lincoln-Douglas Society of Freeport is a 501(c)3 organization established in 1928 to educate and encourage the general public to think, study and acquaint themselves with the history of our county, state and nation, and historical events, especially in connection with the debate between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas in Freeport.