"With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations."
Feb. 11, 2020 - George Buss discussing his career as a Lincoln presenter
Mar. 2020 - No meeting. See you at the Lincoln-Institute symposium at Ford's Theater
April 21, 2020 - Garrett Peck-DC tour guide and author-Walt Whitman and Abraham Lincoln, He has a 2015 book, Walt Whitman in Washington
May 19, 2020 - Burrus Carnahan discussing Lincoln and his use of the presidential pardon
June, 2020 - LGDC Picnic TBD
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The Civil War Round Table of the District of Columbia


The Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia

jointly and proudly sponsor



who will speak about

"Transforming into Lincoln: Life as an Abraham Lincoln Presenter"

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

in the Grand Ballroom at Patton Hall Officers' Club,

214 Jackson Avenue, Ft. Myer, VA  22211

6 pm: Social Hour (cash bar)

6:45 pm: Dinner ($36 for dinner and lecture)

8 pm: Lecture ($5 for lecture only)


Reservations Due By February 3, 5pm ET

(cancellations after the due date are non-refundable, as we must pay for the dinners regardless of the actual attendance)

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Non-CWRTDC members must make reservations and remit payment online

Non DoD attendees will need to enter through security at the Hatfield gate; see instructions to enter Ft. Myer HERE
(also see directions here) or (download them in pdf here)

Interactive Public Transportation Options are HERE

About the Presentation: 

George Buss has been portraying Abraham Lincoln both locally and nationally for over 30 years, including at the Gettysburg National Cemetery Dedication Day held each November 19.  Harold Holzer, one of the country’s leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln, has said “No one brings Abraham Lincoln to life more brilliantly. George Buss is a national treasure."

In order to present a historically accurate Lincoln, Mr. Buss has immersed himself into the life and times of the role he plays.  He has researched a significant number of primary source documents and has visited many of the sites related to the Lincoln story. His frequent conversations with pre-eminent Lincoln, Civil War, and presidential scholars has added substantially to his interpretation.

For this joint Lincoln Group of DC and Civil War Round Table of DC dinner event, Mr. Buss will transform into Lincoln as he discusses life as an Abraham Lincoln presenter.

About the Speaker:

(adapted from www.GeorgeBecomesLincoln.com)

George Buss is a native of Freeport, Illinois, home of the second Lincoln-Douglas debate.  He developed a keen interest in Abraham Lincoln beginning during his days in elementary school in the 1960's. He became familiar with the big stone house in Lena, known as "The Inn," where Lincoln stayed when he visited there.  And he treasures the memory of sitting on Lincoln’s shoe while dining at the “Lincoln the Debater” statue just outside Taylor Park school in Freeport.

Tall, thin, and bearded when he entered the teaching profession, George was frequently told of his resemblance to Honest Abe. In 1986, he made his first Lincoln appearance, representing the "Land of Lincoln" at a National Educational Association convention in New Orleans. Sporting the famous stovepipe hat, George led the Illinois delegation onto the convention floor. 

From there, he collaborated with Richard Sokup, who portrayed Steven A. Douglas, and by 1993 the pair entered the national scene as Lincoln and Douglas interpreters. They worked together until 2004, when Sokup passed away.

George worked alone for the next few years and then formed a relationship with Tim Connors to perform “A Discussion with President Lincoln and Judge Douglas.” They now appear together regularly throughout the nation.

Today, George has turned his historical knowledge, educational background, theatrical experience, and love of all-things Lincoln into a full-time passion. He enjoys interacting with people from all walks of life – prominent Lincoln scholars, international celebrities, and regular people “like you and me.” At every venue he visits, George brings Lincoln to life with authenticity, reverence, and humor.

For more information about Mr. Buss, visit his website at www.GeorgeBecomesLincoln.com.