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IC welcomes Lincoln, the Great Communicator


A Lincoln, the Great Communicator performance will be held in Sibert Theatre Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.

Jacksonville will be the first stop on the performance’s tour of eight Looking for Lincoln communities across the state. The event, coordinated by the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition, is being hosted by Illinois College and the Jacksonville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.

“We are excited to partner with Illinois College and Looking for Lincoln,” said Brittany Henry ’06, executive director of the Jacksonville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The Jacksonville area has a proud history, particularly in the 19th century, when Jacksonville had citizens directly involved in the Civil War and the Underground Railroad. We are always pleased to participate in anything celebrating our connection to Lincoln and that era.”

The performance mixes period music with the words of President Abraham Lincoln to consider his skills and use of communication during a time of change in how Americans communicate. Lincoln, The Great Communicator is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

IC’s Department of History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religion and the Paul Findley Congressional Office Museum will sponsor opportunities for students and the community to meet Lincoln — George Buss — and folk musician Chris Vallillo

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments and a meet and greet will follow the performance. For more information about the event, contact Jenny Barker-Devine at or the Jacksonville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau at 217.243.5678.

The tour will also take performances to Ottawa, Mahomet, Pontiac, Carthage, Decatur, Freeport and Lincoln. Event information is available on the Looking for Lincoln Facebook page. For more information, visit

About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Illinois. With an enrollment of more than 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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