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Abraham Lincoln by Kevin Wood

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1,201 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)

 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)] Jan. 20 (Inauguration Day!): New Lenox (IL) Public Library: "Lincoln on Leadership"

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

[virtual (recorded)] Feb. 1: Illinois Prairie District Public Library (Metamora, IL): "A Visit with Mr. Lincoln" (children's program)

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

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

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

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

[virtual (live)] Feb. 7 at 2:00 pm (EST): Orange County (FL) Library District: "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 Mr. Lincoln" (children's program)

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

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

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

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

[virtual (recorded)] Feb. 10: Bartlesville (OK) Public Library: "A New Birth of Freedom"

[virtual (recorded)] Feb. 10: Grand Ledge Area (MI) District Library: "Lincoln on Slavery, Emancipation, and Equality"

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

[virtual (recorded)] Feb. 10: Lake Forest Place (Retirement Living) (Lake Forest, IL): "Lincoln on Leadership"

[virtual (recorded)] Feb. 10: Oak Creek (WI) Assembly of God: "Lincoln on Religion and the Bible"

[virtual (live)] Feb. 10 at 11:00 am (EST): Islip (NY) Public Library: "Lincoln the Lawyer" (in English and Spanish)

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

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

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

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

[virtual (live)] Feb. 11 at 6:30 pm (EST): Seekonk (MA) Public Library: "A Visit with Mr. Lincoln" (children's program)

Feb. 12: Lincoln's Birthday!

[virtual (recorded)] Feb. 12: Avalon Square Presbyterian Home (Waukesha, WI): "A New Birth of Freedom"

[virtual (recorded)] Feb. 12: Polk City (IA) Community Library: "Lincoln as Story-Teller"

[virtual (recorded)] Feb. 12: The Garlands of Barrington (IL) (Senior Community): "Lincoln as Story-Teller"

[virtual (live)] Feb. 12 at 11:00 am: Sycamore (IL) Public Library: "A Visit with Mr. Lincoln" (children's program)

[virtual (live)] Feb. 14 at 7:00 pm: Music and Potlucks (Oak Park/River Forest, IL): benefit event for Housing Forward (also featuring Mark Dvorak)

Feb. 15: Presidents' Day!

[virtual (recorded)] Feb. 15: Chicago History Museum: "A Visit with Mr. Lincoln" (children's program)

[virtual (recorded)] Feb. 15: Chicago History Museum: "Una visita con el Sr. Lincoln" (programa para niņos) (in Spanish)

[virtual (recorded)] Feb. 15: Concord (MA) Museum: "Q&A with Mr. Lincoln" (children's program)

[virtual (recorded)] Feb. 15: MacDonald Public Library (New Baltimore, MI): "A Visit with Mr. Lincoln" (children's program)

[virtual (recorded)] Feb. 15: Oak Trace Senior Community (Downers Grove, IL): "Lincoln on Leadership"

[virtual (recorded)] Feb. 15: Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library (Watertown, NY): "A Visit with Mr. Lincoln" (children's program)

[virtual (live)] Feb. 15 at 10:30 am: Elmhurst (IL) Public Library: "A Visit with Mr. Lincoln" (children's program)

[virtual (live)] Feb. 15 at 3:00 pm: Wheaton (IL) Public Library: "A Visit with Mr. Lincoln" (children's program)

[virtual (live)] Feb. 15 at 6:00 pm (EST): Bartholomew County (IN) Public Library: "Lincoln on Slavery, Emancipation, and Equality"

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

[virtual (live)] Feb. 16 at 7:00 pm: Lemont (IL) Public Library: "A New Birth of Freedom"

[virtual (live)] Feb. 17 at 6:00 pm (EST): Boonton (NJ) Holmes Public Library: "Lincoln on the Gettysburg Address"

[virtual (live)] Feb. 18 at 2:00 pm (EST): Oceanside (NY) Library: "A New Birth of Freedom"

[virtual (live)] Feb. 18 at 4:45 pm: Aquatic Capital Management (Chicago, IL): "Happy Hour with Honest Abe"

[virtual (live)] Feb. 18 at 6:00 pm: Bloomington (IL) Public Library: "From Obscurity to Greatness: Illinois and Lincoln, 1830 to 1861"

[in-person] Feb. 19 at 6:45 pm: Covenant Village of Northbrook (IL) (Senior Living): "Lincoln on Leadership"

[virtual (recorded)] Feb. 21: Orion Township (MI) Public Library: "A New Birth of Freedom"

[virtual (recorded)] Feb. 22: Person County (NC) Public Library: "A New Birth of Freedom"

[virtual (live)] Feb. 23 at 6:00 pm: Lake Geneva (WI) Public Library: "Lincoln on Slavery, Emancipation, and Equality"

[virtual (live)] Feb. 24 at 6:00 pm: Chippewa Falls (WI) Public Library: "A New Birth of Freedom"

[virtual (live)] Feb. 25 at 6:30 pm: Downers Grove (IL) Public Library: "A New Birth of Freedom"

 see my complete schedule (including March & beyond)

Mr. Lincoln's Travels

(contact me for a program in your area!)

March 22-26, 2021:

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 12-20, 2021:

eastern/central 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

Jan./Feb. 2022:

Florida

Jan./Feb. 2022:

LA/MS/AR/TX

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)

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