Abraham Lincoln by Kevin Wood

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and his story –
to life!

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1,256 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.

Videos of Abraham Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address in English, Spanish, French, and German
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, currently of Oak Park, Illinois (Chicago area), 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
    333 S. Oak Park Ave., Unit 2N
    Oak Park, IL 60302-3549

telephone (home): 708-948-7017

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)

(all times are U.S. Central Time unless otherwise indicated)

[virtual (recorded)] (thru Feb. 28): Orion Township (MI) Public Library: "A New Birth of Freedom"

[virtual (recorded)] (thru March 1): Person County (NC) Public Library: "A New Birth of Freedom"

[virtual (live)] Mar. 4 at 11:15 am (EST): Washington Discovery Academy (Plymouth, IN): 4th grade

[virtual (live)] Mar. 4 at 3:00 pm: Tamarisk NorthShore (Senior Living Comm.) (Deerfield, IL): "A New Birth of Freedom" (for prospective residents)

[virtual (live)] Mar. 6 at 1:00 pm: Daughters of the American Revolution: Fort Payne Chapter (Naperville, IL): "A New Birth of Freedom"

[virtual (live)] Mar. 11 at 6:30 pm: Cook Memorial Public Library (Libertyville, IL): "Lincoln on Leadership"

[virtual (live)] Mar. 30 at 7:00 pm: Fountaindale Public Library (Bolingbrook, IL): "The Political Lincoln: Honest Abe on Campaigns and Elections"

[in-person] Apr. 5 at 11:00 am: Levy Senior Center (DuPage Township Senior Services) (Bolingbrook, IL): "A New Birth of Freedom"

[virtual (live)] Apr. 6 at 6:30 pm: Waunakee (WI) Public Library: "Lincoln on Slavery, Emancipation, and Equality"

[virtual (live)] Apr. 8 at 6:30 pm: Palos Heights (IL) Public Library: "A New Birth of Freedom"

[in-person] Apr. 9 at 6:30 pm: Lemont (IL) Area Historical Society: "Drinkin' with Lincoln"

April 12-20: available for programs in eastern/central Kansas & metro Kansas City area

[in-person] Apr. 14 (morning): school program in Wamego, KS

[in-person] Apr. 14 (afternoon): Wamego (KS) Public Library (program at Kaw Valley State Bank Heritage Club): tbd

[in-person] Apr. 15-18: Association of Lincoln Presenters Annual Conference (Leavenworth, KS)

[in-person] Apr. (date tbd): Leavenworth (KS) Public Library: tbd

[in-person] Apr. (date tbd): Osawatomie Public Library: "A New Birth of Freedom"

[virtual (live)] Apr. 28 at 7:00 pm (EST): Mount Clemens (MI) Public Library: "Lincoln on Leadership"

[virtual (live)] Apr. 29 at 7:00 pm: Itasca (IL) Community Library: "Lincoln on Slavery, Emancipation, and Equality"

 see my complete schedule (including May & beyond)

Mr. Lincoln's Travels

(contact me for a program in your area!)

April 12-20, 2021:

eastern/central KS / metro Kansas City area

May 10-14, 2021:

eastern and central IA

May 17-21, 2021:

south central / southeastern WI

June 1-2, 2021:

southeastern WI

July 1-4, 2021:

central IL

summer 2021:

lower MI

summer 2021:

northern WI

early Sept. 2021:

southwestern ON, Canada

fall 2021:

greater Cincinnati area (OH/KY/IN)

fall 2021:

greater St. Louis area (MO/IL)

fall 2021:

north central IN / southwestern MI

Jan. 6-16, 2022:


Jan./Feb. 2022:


Oct. 18-24, 2022:

Shreveport, LA & surrounding areas

"What an awesome program - we all loved it!"

(a live program for a library)

 more info on virtual visits

"It was a hit!"

(a recorded program for a senior residence)

 more info on virtual visits

latest post (January 6, 2021)

Election Fraud – Real and Imagined – in Lincoln’s Day

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 races:

-May 8, 2021: Abe's Mini Triathlon / Pioneer Sprint Triathlon (Petersburg, IL)

-July 3, 2021: Lincoln's Legacy 5K/10K (Springfield, IL) (at Legacy of Giving Music Festival)

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