LERNA – Lincoln the Great Communicator premiers at Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site on Saturday, July 20 at 2:00 p.m. in the Visitor Center Auditorium.
A dynamic show, it features Lincoln impersonator George Buss and Illinois folk musician and folklorist Chris Vallillo. By blending live music of the period with conversation and narrative by President Lincoln, we explore the sixteenth president’s use of communication as a personal and political tool.
This theatrical style program is presented as a casual conversation between President Lincoln and Vallillo, who discuss Lincoln's gifts as a communicator and the way he used those skills for the betterment of mankind throughout his lifetime. In the midst of the conversation, Vallillo will perform period music on 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.
Abraham Lincoln lived in a time when the power of mass communication was just beginning to come of age and his mastery of those skills would play a large role in his ultimate success as a leader. Traditional means of mass communication like books and popular music would be augmented by the rise of the Industrial revolution, steam powered printing presses, the telegraph, photography and improved transportation systems like steamboats and railroads.
The Lincoln the Great Communicator program is free and open to the public. It is presented by Looking for Lincoln, Lincoln Log Cabin Foundation and Lincoln Log Sabin State Historic Site. It is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site is part of the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area. It re-creates the 19th century home of Thomas and Sarah Bush Lincoln, father and stepmother of the president. The site is eight miles south of Charleston and is open seven days-a-week for free public tours.