Lincoln Portrayer George Buss to Greet Visitors to the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center
April 6, 2019
Visitors to the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center won’t have to miss out on photo opportunities with Abraham Lincoln while the iconic sculpture of the nation’s 16th president receives a much-needed conservation treatment.
Renowned Lincoln interpreter George Buss will provide a real-life alternative to the familiar sculpture when he appears as Lincoln for photos and interaction from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the Museum & Visitor Center.
The Lincoln sculpture – a traditional spot for photos at the entrance to the Museum & Visitor Center – will undergo its conservation treatment beginning Thursday, April 11 and will be closed to the public. The sculpture should reopen to the public on Monday, April 15.
“We’re very fortunate to have Mr. Buss with us at the Museum & Visitor Center,” said Teddi A. Joyce, Gettysburg Foundation Vice President for Sales and Marketing. “Visitors love to have their photos taken with the sculpture, but they will be thrilled to have their picture with Mr. Buss as a real-life Lincoln. Lincoln truly is a symbol of Gettysburg, and George Buss truly is ‘Honest Abe’.”
Critically acclaimed for his work, Buss has educated and entertained audiences as Lincoln for more than 30 years. In addition to delivering the Gettysburg Address during Dedication Day, Buss appears as Lincoln across the country at venues such as Ford’s Theater, National Press Club, New York Historical Society, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and throughout his – and Lincoln’s – home state of Illinois.
Funds for the conservation treatment of the Lincoln sculpture were raised during the Gettysburg Foundation’s Giving Tuesday campaign in November 2018. The campaign secured $20,900 for the conservation thanks to the efforts of nearly 200 Friends and supporters and a generous $10,000 matching grant from Linda H. Garrett, Friend of Gettysburg.