Abraham Lincoln by Kevin Wood

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1,194 appearances in 26 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)

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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)] Nov. 26: Central Baptist Village (Norridge, IL): "Lincoln and Thanksgiving"

[virtual (live)] Nov. 30, 6:30 pm: Somonauk (IL) Public Library: "Lincoln on Literature and the Theatre"

[virtual (live)] Dec. 7, 6:30 pm: White Oak Library District (Crest Hill/Lockport/Romeoville, IL): "A New Birth of Freedom"

[virtual (live)] Dec. 8, 7:00 pm: Waukesha (WI) Civil War Roundtable: "Lincoln on Immigration & America's Place in the World"

[virtual (live)] Dec. 9, 6:30 pm: Menomonee Falls (WI) Public Library: "Lincoln as Story-Teller"


[virtual (live)] Jan. 10, 7:00 pm: The Mather (Senior Living Community) (Evanston, IL): "Lincoln's 'Lost Speech': His Greatest Ever?"

[virtual (live)] Jan. 27, 7:00 pm: West Chicago (IL) Public Library: "A New Birth of Freedom"

[virtual (recorded)] Feb. 1: Grand Ledge Area (MI) District Library: "A New Birth of Freedom"

[virtual (live)] Feb. 1, 6:30 pm: Council Bluffs (IA) Public Library: "Lincoln on Literature & the Theatre"

[virtual (live)] Feb. 3, 6:30 pm (EST): Lenawee District Library (Adrian, MI): "Lincoln as Story-Teller"

[virtual (live)] Feb. 4, 7:00 pm (EST): Royal Oak (MI) Public Library: "Lincoln on Slavery, Emancipation, and Equality"

[virtual (live)] Feb. 5, 7:00 pm: Riverside (IL) Public Library: "Lincoln as Story-Teller"

[virtual (recorded)] Feb. 8: Plainfield (IL) Public Library: "A New Birth of Freedom"

[virtual (recorded)] Feb. 8: Wayne County (NC) Public Library: "A Visit with Abraham Lincoln" (primarily for elementary school-aged children)

[virtual (live)] Feb. 8, 2:00 pm: Town and Country Public Library (Elburn, IL): "Lincoln on Slavery, Emancipation, and Equality"

[virtual (live)] Feb. 8, 7:00 pm: The Mather (Senior Living Community) (Evanston, IL): "Lincoln on Slavery, Emancipation, and Equality"

[virtual (live)] Feb. 9, 1:00 pm: Vernon Area Public Library (Lincolnshire, IL): "A New Birth of Freedom"

[virtual (live)] Feb. 9, 7:00 pm (EST): Bayville (NY) Free Library: "A New Birth of Freedom"

[virtual (live)] Feb. 10: K. O. Lee Aberdeen (SD) Public Library: "A New Birth of Freedom"

[in-person] Feb. 10, 1:00 pm: Tamarisk NorthShore (Senior Living Community (Deerfield, IL): "A New Birth of Freedom"

[virtual (live)] Feb. 10, 6:00 pm (EST): Oxford (MI) Public Library: "A New Birth of Freedom"

[virtual (live)] Feb. 10, 7:00 pm: Glenview (IL) Public Library: "A New Birth of Freedom"

[virtual (live)] Feb. 11, 1:30 pm: Northbrook (IL) Public Library: "Lincoln as Story-Teller"

[virtual (live)] Feb. 11, 6:30 pm (EST): Seekonk (MA) Public Library: tbd

Feb. 12: Lincoln's Birthday!

[virtual (live)] Feb. 12, 11:00 am: Sycamore (IL) Public Library: children's program

[in-person] Feb. 12, 6:30 pm: Lemont (IL) Area Historical Society: "Drinkin' with Lincoln"

Feb. 15: Presidents' Day!

[virtual (live)] Feb. 15, 10:30 am: Elmhurst (IL) Public Library: children's program

[virtual (live)] Feb. 15, 6:00 pm (EST): Bartholomew County Public Library (Columbus, IN): "A New Birth of Freedom" (?)

[virtual (live)] Feb. 15, 7:00 pm: Palatine (IL) Public Library: "Lincoln on Literature & the Theatre"

 see the complete list (including the rest of February & beyond)

Mr. Lincoln's Travels

(contact me for a program in your area!)

Winter 2021 (?):


Winter 2021 (?):


 March 15-19 or 22-26:

eastern IA

March/April 2021:

greater Cincinnati area (OH/KY/IN)

March/April 2021:

greater St. Louis area (MO/IL)

March/April 2021:

north central IN / southwestern MI

April 12-18, 2021:

northeastern KS / metro Kansas City area

May 10-14, 2021:

south central IA

May 17-21, 2021:

south central / southeastern WI

May 31-June 2, 2021:

southeastern WI

summer 2021:

lower MI

summer 2021:

northern WI

early Sept. 2021:

southwestern ON, Canada

"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 (October 12, 2020)

Lincoln and the Supreme Court (II): The Right Thing to Do

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

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


www.MrLincoln.com Abraham Lincoln by Kevin Wood updated 11/26/2020