Abraham Lincoln by Kevin Wood

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and his story –
to life!

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1,331 appearances in 31 States and two foreign countries

a multi-lingual Lincoln!

"Thank you very much for coming and telling us a lot about Abraham Lincoln.  I can't believe you could remember all of that information.  I really liked that you came because it felt like Abraham Lincoln was actually there with us." (from a sixth-grade student)

 Read more testimonials.

Mr. Lincoln Visits Millenium Park in Chicago (11/14/2016)

Mr. Lincoln's videos!

Abraham Lincoln's famous relatives (George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Elvis Presley, Amelia Earhart, and more!)

Thanksgiving Proclamations

Kevin Wood portrays President Abraham Lincoln, one of our nation's most beloved and esteemed historical figures.  He has made appearances at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, the Lincoln Heritage Museum, the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, and Lincoln's Festival on Route 66, among many other places and events.

As President, Mr. Lincoln ably led our nation through its darkest days, when brother fought against brother, and the fabric of our "more perfect Union" was nearly torn asunder.

Mr. Lincoln is available to share his remarkable story in schools, in churches, and at libraries, senior residence centers, community events, etc.  In addition to providing a firsthand account of his own life and times, Mr. Lincoln's visit will also do much more:

  • As one who rose from obscurity to the highest office in the land, Mr. Lincoln is an inspiration to us today to likewise dream, and to work hard to achieve those dreams.

  • As one who persevered in self-study to become a well-educated man, Mr. Lincoln embodies for us the high value of education and a great passion for learning.

  • As the leader of our nation during our greatest crisis, Mr. Lincoln challenges us to contemplate and to cherish the ideals for which our country stands: liberty and freedom, democracy, equality, and opportunity.

  • And as one who was known for his honesty, humility, and compassion, Mr. Lincoln provides an enduring example of the importance of a strong moral foundation and positive character development.

Presentations are available either in English or Spanish, in addition to more limited presentations in French or German.

For more information, or to arrange a visit by Mr. Lincoln, please contact me as follows:

mailing address:

   Kevin Wood
   605 Stockford Dr.
   Adrian, MI 49221-1401 

telephone (home): N/A

telephone (cell): 708-979-3093

(ab)e-mail: abe@mrlincoln.com

* My Story: How I came to portray Mr. Lincoln! *


UPCOMING APPEARANCES (Virtual and In-Person)

Aug. 14-18: available for programs in Chicago area & SE Wisconsin

Aug. 16 at 7:00 pm (CDT): Fremont Public Library (Mundelein, IL): "Lincoln as Story-Teller"

Aug. 17 at 6:00 pm (CDT): Lake Geneva (WI) Public Library: "From Obscurity to Greatness: Illinois and Lincoln, 1830 to 1861"

Aug. 18 at 3:00 pm (CDT): Prairieview at The Garlands (Barrington, IL): "From Obscurity to Greatness: Illinois and Lincoln, 1830 to 1861"

[virtual] Aug. 23 at 7:00 pm (EDT): Green Tree Public Library (Pittsburgh, PA): "A New Birth of Freedom"

[virtual] Aug. 26 at 7:00 pm (EDT): Morton Township Public Library (Mecosta, MI): "Lincoln as Story-Teller"

Sept. 15 at 7:00 pm (EDT): Alice and Jack Wirt Public Library/Bay County Library (Bay City, MI): "A New Birth of Freedom"

Sept. 17-19: available for programs in northern & central Illinois

Sept. 18 at 7:00 pm (CDT): Illinois Heritage Alliance: "From Obscurity to Greatness: Illinois and Lincoln, 1830 to 1861" (IL Road Scholars) (program at Embassy Suites by Hilton East Peoria (IL) Riverfront Convention Center)

Sept. 25-Oct. 3: available for programs in central & southern Illinois

Sept. 25-26: Apple 'n Pork Festival at DeWitt County Museum/C.H. Moore Homestead (Clinton, IL): "A New Birth of Freedom" (abridged) / meet-and-greet

Sept. 27 at 10:00 am (CDT): Carriage Crossing of Bloomington (IL) Senior Living: tbd

Sept. 27 at 2:00 pm (CDT): Evergreen Place Assisted Living (Normal, IL): "Lincoln as Story-Teller"

Sept. 28 at 2:30 pm (CDT): Bridle Brook Assisted Living and Memory Care Community (Mahomet, IL): "A New Birth of Freedom"

Sept. 28 at 7:00 pm (CDT): The Windsor of Savoy (IL) (Senior Living Community): "A New Birth of Freedom"

Sept. 29 at 6:00 pm (CDT): Brimfield (IL) Public Library: "Lincoln as Story-Teller"

Sept. 30 at 6:00 pm (CDT): Carbondale (IL) Public Library: "From Obscurity to Greatness: Illinois and Lincoln, 1830 to 1861" (IL Road Scholars)

Oct. 1-2 (and 3?): Morton (IL) Civil War Days

Oct 4-9: available for programs in central & western Iowa

Oct. 4 at 7:00 pm (CDT): West Bend (IA) Public Library: "Lincoln and Thanksgiving"

Oct. 5 at 10:00 am (CDT): North Union Elementary School (Fenton, IA)

Oct. 5 at 1:00 pm (CDT): North Union Middle School (Swea City, IA)

Oct. 5 at 6:30 pm (CDT): Ringsted (IA) Public Library: "A New Birth of Freedom"

Oct. 6? at 10:30 am (CDT): Hampton (IA) Public Library: tbd

Oct. 6 at 6:00 pm (CDT): Kendall Young Library (Webster City, IA): "A New Birth of Freedom"

Oct. 7? at 2:00 pm (CDT): Milford (IA) Memorial Library: tbd

Oct. 7 at 6:00 pm (CDT): Marcus (IA) Public Library: "A New Birth of Freedom"

Oct. 8 at 3:00 pm (CDT): Manning (IA) Public Library: "Lincoln on Immigration and America's Place in the World"

Oct. 8 at 7:00 pm (CDT): Glidden (IA) Public Library: "Lincoln on the Gettysburg Address"

[virtual] Oct. 13-14: Michigan Library Association: Annual Conference

Oct 15-18: available for programs in Chicago area

Oct. 16-17: Village of Hainesville (IL) Civil War Re-enactment

[virtual] Oct. 20: Islip (NY) Public Library: "Lincoln and Thanksgiving" (in English and Spanish)

Oct 26-29: available for programs in southeastern Wisconsin (& Chicago area)

Oct. 26 at 1:15 pm (CDT): Jewish Community Center: tbd (program to be held at Shir Tikvah in Homewood, IL)

Oct. 27 at 6:30 pm (CDT): New Berlin (WI) Public Library: "Lincoln as Story-Teller"

Oct. 28 at 6:30 pm (CDT): Delafield (WI) Public Library: tbd

 see my complete schedule (including November & beyond)

Mr. Lincoln's Travels

(contact me for a program in your area!)

August 6-8, 2021:

Chicago area

August 14-18, 2021:

Chicago area & southeastern WI

Sept. 17-19, 2021:

northern & central IL

Sept. 25 - Oct. 3, 2021:

central & southern IL

Oct. 4-9, 2021:

central & western IA

Oct. 15-18, 2021:

Chicago area

Oct. 26-29, 2021:

southeastern WI (& Chicago area)

Nov. 17-20, 2021:

Chicago area

fall 2021 (?):

Cincinnati area (OH/KY/IN)

fall 2021 (?):

St. Louis area (MO/IL)

fall 2021 (?):

north central IN / southwestern MI

Jan. 6-16, 2022:


Jan./Feb. 2022:


Feb. 8-13, 2022:

Chicago area

April 18-26, 2022:

eastern/central KS / Kansas City area

summer 2022 (?):


early Sept. 2022:

southwestern ON, CANADA

Oct. 18-24, 2022:

Shreveport, LA & surrounding areas

latest post (June 19, 2021)

Juneteenth: A Worthy Holiday, but the Wrong Date and Name

Road Scholars Speakers Bureau

This program helps local nonprofit organizations in Illinois bring cultural and educational programs to their communities.  My program "From Obscurity to Greatness: Illinois and Lincoln, 1830 to 1861" is currently available until the end of the year 2022, in both in-person and virtual formats, and in both English and Spanish.

"Running Abe": Fastest Abe in the West!

Next race(s):

-none scheduled

a few fun activities to help you learn more about the life and times of Abraham Lincoln


Videos of Abraham Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address in English, Spanish, French, and German