Abraham Lincoln by Kevin Wood

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and his story –
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1,306 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)

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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)

[in-person] June 15 at 1:00 pm (CDT): 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 (CDT): Prairie Trails Public Library (Burbank, IL): "Lincoln on the Gettysburg Address"

[in-person] June 17 at 3:00 pm (CDT): The Clare (Senior Living Community) (Chicago, IL): "Lincoln as Story-Teller"

[virtual (live)] June 18 at 7:30 pm (CDT): Salt Creek Civil War Round Table (suburban Cook County, IL): "Lincoln on Slavery, Emancipation, and Equality"

[virtual (recorded)] June 19: Champaign (IL) Park District Juneteenth Celebration

[in-person] June 19 at 7:00 pm (CDT): Forest Park (IL) Juneteenth Family Pool Party (pending confirmation)

June 21-22: available for programs in southeastern Wisconsin

[in-person] June 21 at 6:30 pm (CDT): Jack Russell Memorial Library (Hartford, WI): "Lincoln as Story-Teller"

July 2-3: available for programs in central Illinois

[in-person] July 2-3 (CDT): Legacy of Giving Music Festival (Springfield, IL)

July 4-5: available for programs in greater Memphis, TN

[in-person] July 4 at 10:00 am (CDT): City Church (Cordova, TN) (English and Spanish services)

[virtual (live)] July 8 at 11:00 am (CDT): Bernard Weinger Jewish Community Center (Northbrook, IL): "From Obscurity to Greatness: Illinois and Lincoln, 1830 to 1861" (IL Road Scholars)

[virtual (live)] July 8 at 7:00 pm (CDT): Flossmoor (IL) Public Library: "Lincoln on Literature & the Theatre"

July 12-16: available for programs in northern Wisconsin

[in-person] July 14 at 1:00 pm (CDT): Mercer (WI) Public Library: "A New Birth of Freedom"

[in-person] July 14 at 3:30 pm (CDT): Boulder Junction (WI) Public Library: "A New Birth of Freedom"

[in-person] July 15 at 2:00 pm and 6:30 pm (CDT) (two programs): Superior (WI) Public Library (at Billings Park): "A Visit with Mr. Lincoln" (primarily for children/families)

[in-person] July 16 at 3:00 pm (CDT): D.R. Moon Memorial Library (Stanley, WI): "Lincoln as Story-Teller"

[virtual (live)] July 17 at 11:00 am (CDT): Lincoln's Festival on Route 66 (Bloomington, IL): "A New Birth of Freedom"

August 16-18: available for programs in Chicago area and southeastern Wisconsin

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

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

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

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

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

 see my complete schedule (including September & beyond)

Mr. Lincoln's Travels

(contact me for a program in your area!)

June 21-22, 2021:

southeastern WI

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

July 2-3, 2021:

central IL

July 4-5, 2021:

Memphis, TN

July 12-16, 2021:

northern WI

August 16-18, 2021:

Chicago area & southeastern WI

Sept. 16-19, 2021:

northern & central IL

Sept. 25 - Oct. 3, 2021:

central IL

Oct. 14-18, 2021:

greater Chicago area

Oct. 26-29, 2021:

southeastern WI

Nov. 17-20, 2021:

greater Chicago area

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

summer 2022 (?):


early Sept. 2022:

southwestern ON, CANADA

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):

-none scheduled

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