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Virtual Lincoln performance coming

The Eagle Performing Arts and Conference Center is pleased to announce, in partnership with Looking for Lincoln, a virtual performance of Lincoln, The Great Communicator on Wednesday, September 2 at 7:00 PM.

The live, online performances 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. Each performance will be followed by a Q&A with Buss and Vallillo.

“This performance provides an engaging way for visitors 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 Executive Director, Sarah Watson.

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.

Lincoln, The Great Communicator is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

To view the performance, go to any of the following websites:,,, or at 7:00pm on Wednesday, September 2. The performance will remain visible for one week after the performance for those who were unable to watch it live.

Questions can be directed to the Eagle at 815-844-1187.

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