Abraham Lincoln by Kevin Wood

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and his story –
to life!

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1,287 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)

May 10-14: available for programs in eastern/central Iowa

[in-person] May 10 at 10:30 am: Cresco (IA) Public Library: "Lincoln on Literature & the Theatre" (at Cresco Theatre and Opera House)

[in-person] May 10 at 2:00 pm: Riceville (IA) Public Library: "Lincoln on Leadership"

[in-person] May 10 at 7:00 pm: Clarksville (IA) Public Library: "Lincoln as Story-Teller" (program at Clarksville Elementary/High School gym)

[in-person] May 11 at 1:30 pm: Cascade (IA) Public Library: "A New Birth of Freedom"

[in-person] May 11 at 6:00 pm: Monticello (IA) Public Library: "A New Birth of Freedom"

[in-person] May 12 at 1:00 pm: Sacred Heart School (West Des Moines, IA): 8th grade

[in-person] May 13 at 1:00 pm: Indianola (IA) Senior Center: "A New Birth of Freedom"

[in-person] May 13 at 6:00 pm: Winterset (IA) Public Library: "A New Birth of Freedom"

[virtual (recorded)] May 14 (?): Allenton (WI) Elementary School: 5th grade

[virtual (recorded)] May 14 (?): Slinger (WI) Elementary School: 5th grade

[in-person] May 15 from 2:00 to 7:00 pm: Honest Abe's Tap & Grill (Morris, IL): 10th anniversary celebration

May 17-21: available for programs in south central/southeastern Wisconsin

[in-person] May 17 at 9:00 am: Hartje Outdoor Learning Center (School District of Reedsburg, WI): Civil War Day (5th grade)

[in-person] May 18 at 10:00 am: Pine Haven Christian Communities, Giddings Avenue campus (Sheboygan Falls, WI): "Lincoln on Leadership"

[in-person] May 18 at 2:00 pm: Pine Haven Christian Communities, Haven Drive campus (Sheboygan Falls, WI): "Lincoln on Leadership"

[in-person] May 19 at 2:00 pm: Avalon Square Presbyterian Home (Waukesha, WI): "Lincoln as Story-Teller"

[in-person] May 20 at 9:00 am: Ozaukee Christian School (Saukville, WI): K through 8th grade

[in-person] May 20 at 7:00 pm: Brookfield (WI) Public Library: "Lincoln on Literature & the Theatre"

[in-person] May 21 at 1:00 pm: St. John XXIII Catholic School (Port Washington, WI): 5th through 8th grade

[virtual (recorded)] May 21: Templeton Middle School (Sussex, WI): 8th grade

[virtual (live)] May 24 at 10:30 am (EDT): Delaware County Christian School (Devon, PA): 5th grade

[virtual (live)] May 24 at 7:00 pm: Bartlett (IL) Public Library: "From Obscurity to Greatness: Illinois and Lincoln, 1830 to 1861"

[in-person] May 31 at 11:00 am: Oak Park (IL) Memorial Day Ceremony

[in-person] June 4 at 9:30 pm: private party (Chicago, IL)

[in-person] June 8 at 10:30 am: Platinum Adventures Travel & Activities Club (Wintrust Comm. Banks/Willowbrook): "Lincoln as Story-Teller" (at Mon Ami Gabi restaurant in Oak Brook, IL)

[in-person] June 12 at 11:00 am: Orland Park History Museum: "Lincoln as Story-Teller"

[in-person] June 15 at 1:00 pm: Platinum Adventures Travel & Activities Club (Wintrust Comm. Banks/Old Town): "A New Birth of Freedom" (program at Stefani Prime in Lincolnwood)

[virtual (live)] June 15 at 7:00 pm: Prairie Trails Public Library (Burbank, IL): "Lincoln on the Gettysburg Address"

 see my complete schedule (including the rest of June & beyond)

Mr. Lincoln's Travels

(contact me for a program in your area!)

May 10-14, 2021:

eastern and central IA

May 17-21, 2021:

south central / southeastern WI

June 21-22, 2021:

southeastern WI

July 1-4, 2021:

central IL

July 12-16, 2021:

northern WI

Note: By August, Mr. Lincoln expects to have moved his residence from the Chicago area to Adrian, Michigan

August 17-18, 2021:

southeastern WI

early Sept. 2021:

southwestern ON, Canada

Sept. 16-19, 2021:

northern & central IL

Sept. 25 - Oct. 3, 2021:

central IL

Oct. 12-15, 2021:

southeastern WI

fall 2021:

central & western IA; eastern SD

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:


April 18-26, 2022:

eastern/central KS / metro Kansas City area

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 race(s):

-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