USCHS Co-Sponsoring: “Abraham Lincoln — A Press Conference”

Five organizations are working together to commemorate Illinois Statehood Day on Thursday, December 3, 2015 with a presentation of “Abraham Lincoln–A Press Conference” on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Mr. Lincoln will be portrayed by George Buss of Freeport, IL, a 6th generation Illinoisan who, for the past quarter century, has interpreted Abraham Lincoln for thousands of audiences across the United States to critical acclaim. He will be accompanied by former Abraham Lincoln Association president Robert Lenz, a prominent Illinois attorney, who will appear as an aide to President Lincoln. Questions will be posed by reporters and other members of the audience.

George Buss as Abraham Lincoln

George Buss as Abraham Lincoln

The event begins at noon and is open to the public. The event will take place at noon in Ketchum Hall of the VFW Building at 200 Maryland Avenue, NE, across 2nd St. NE from the Hart Senate Office Building.

Illinois was admitted to the Union on December 3, 1818; at the time, nine-year-old, Kentucky-born Abraham Lincoln was living in southern Indiana. In 1830, the future president moved to Illinois where he gained recognition as a boatman, storekeeper, militia captain, surveyor, and eventually lawyer, legislator, and leader of the effort to prevent the spread of slavery. When he departed from Illinois in 1861, he said of his adopted home, “to this place and the kindness of these people, I owe everything.”

Event co-sponsors include the Abraham Lincoln Association; the U.S. Capitol Historical Society; the Illinois State Society of Washington, DC; the Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia; and the National Press Club.


About the Co-Sponsoring Organizations:

The Abraham Lincoln Association (ALA) was founded in 1908 to lead the national effort to celebrate the centennial of Lincoln’s birth on February 12, 1909. It continues today to fulfill its ongoing mission: To observe each anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln; to preserve and make more readily accessible the landmarks associated with his life; and to actively encourage, promote and aid the collection and dissemination of authentic information regarding all phases of his life and career.

The U.S. Capitol Historical Society (USCHS) is a Congressionally chartered, non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)(3), educational organization founded in 1962 to inform the public about the rich heritage of the Capitol and the United States Congress.

The Illinois State Society of Washington, D.C. (ISS), was founded in 1854. Its mission is to promote the history, culture, science, technology, and social traditions of Illinois to citizens in the greater D.C. Metro area. The Society sponsors numerous educational and social events throughout the year, each with an Illinois theme.

The Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia (LGDC) was founded in 1935, and is a non-profit, tax-exempt historical society with a nationwide membership devoted to the study of Abraham Lincoln. It provides its members regular meetings, a book discussion group, off-site tours, symposia, and a periodic newsletter.

The National Press Club (NPC) is the nation’s leading professional organization for journalists. For more than a century, it has been one place in Washington, DC where newsmakers and news gatherers congregate to make news happen. It is an advocate for freedom of the press and journalism professional development.


About George Buss: As Lincoln said about himself, so too, George “is 6 foot 4 inches tall, nearly and weighs between 160 and 180 pounds.” George Buss is a 6th generation Illinoisan who, for the past quarter century, has portrayed Abraham Lincoln for thousands of audiences across the United States to critical acclaim. George has had multiple appearances on C-Span and the Illinois Channel, was selected by the Illinois Sesquicentennial Debate Celebration to appear at all seven original debate locations, and has been featured in numerous national publications including Smithsonian. He regularly appears for the Lincoln Forum, the American Queen Steamship Line, the Mariners Museum, the Old State Capitol in Springfield, the Abraham Lincoln Association, and for the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition. George will now be presenting the Gettysburg Address at the Gettysburg National Cemetery annually as recently announced by the Gettysburg Foundation. In a recent commencement address, longtime friend Harold Holzer succinctly captured George’s work when he said of Buss: “He is a national treasure.”