GETTYSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A Gettysburg resident known across the country for his presentments of Abraham Lincoln passed away over the weekend.
Jim Getty educated and entertained visitors from around the world for nearly four decades.
The former music teacher from Lincoln’s home state of Illinois moved to Gettysburg and began presenting the nation’s 16th President in a small theater. He did presentations for battlefield visitors and delivered the Gettysburg Address during annual ceremonies marking the anniversary of Lincoln’s famous speech.
Getty also portrayed Lincoln in two television movies; 1991’s “Ironclads” and “Gettysburg: The Speech That Saved America” in 2008, according to IMDB.
Gettysburg’s tourism promotion agency, Destination Gettysburg, called Getty a “true ambassador for Gettysburg.”
“Through his devotion not only to Abraham Lincoln, but to Gettysburg as a travel destination, Jim Getty showed a passion for bringing visitors up close to history and to a place where the 16th President secured his legacy with his immortal Gettysburg Address,” the agency said in a statement. “He will truly be missed by the staff and board of directors of Destination Gettysburg, the tourism community of Adams County, and the thousands of visitors whose lives he touched with his remarkable presentation of Abraham Lincoln.”
Getty was 83.