count it a great privilege to bring President Abraham Lincoln to "life" for
students of all ages.
A visit from Mr. Lincoln will teach
students about the history of our nation from our establishment
in 1776 through the end of the Civil War in 1865. This was a
remarkable time of new ideas, tremendous change, and exciting
growth in our young country. Yet at the same time, this period
was also marked by great conflict and an uncertainty about our
future as a people and a nation.
Lincoln can tailor his presentation to meet your particular needs and wishes,
but generally covers a variety of topics under the following major themes:
the development of
our nation from the original 13 colonies on the eastern seaboard to a
transcontinental nation of 36 states;
characteristics of our nation: liberty, equality, democracy, and opportunity;
the Civil War,
States' rights and slavery;
Mr. Lincoln's own
inspirational personal story.
Mr. Lincoln is available to speak in either assembly or
classroom settings. All presentations are in first-person (in character) and are
age-appropriate as described below. Mr. Lincoln involves the students during his
presentation and has a question-and-answer time at the end.
available either in English or Spanish. In addition, limited presentations
(mixed with English) are available in French and German. That's right,
after all these years Mr. Lincoln is now multi-lingual!
Suggested occasions for a visit include:
Special assemblies for the whole school or a particular
History and social studies classes, especially when the
topic of study is the American Civil War or the
development of the United States from Independence to 1865. For
7th grade Social Studies classes in Illinois schools, the end of the
academic year offers an especially appropriate time
for Mr. Lincoln to review the entire period from Independence through the
Civil War: from the birth of freedom to "a new
birth of freedom"; likewise December for high school US history classes.
Civil War "Fairs"
National holidays such as Veterans Day (November), Thanksgiving Day (November), Presidents' Day (February),
or Memorial Day
promoted by the United Nations such as the International
Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition (August 23) or
Day for the Abolition of Slavery (December 2).
"Thanks for a great presentation!
All the classes loved it! You did a super job with a very tricky age
group." (from a kindergarten teacher, 2015)
"I really liked your performance.
It was super!! I liked when you answered questions. SUPER JOB HONEST
ABE!!" (from an elementary school student, 2003)
"Thank you so much for your
presentation today. It was a wonderful reiteration of what [we] have been
teaching, and a fantastic bridge for the trip to Springfield." (from a
middle school teacher, 2015)
Ridley Middle School
Woodlyn Christian School
Elementary School Students (K-2nd Grades)
length: 30-40 minutes (but can go shorter or longer if desired)
Mr. Lincoln talks to the students about growing up on the
frontier, his family, his great desire to learn, the different kinds of jobs he
had, what our country was like back then, how he got the nickname "Honest Abe",
why he liked to tell stories, why he wanted to be President, why he grew a
beard, what he keeps inside his hat, etc. He uses simple language and
illustrations to explain the basics about why our country was divided and how it
came to be united again.
Elementary School Students (3rd-5th/6th Grades)
length: 45-60 minutes (but can go shorter or longer if desired)
Mr. Lincoln talks about the same things as with the Lower
Elementary School students, but in greater depth, especially in regard to the
history of our country. Using the Gettysburg Address, he talks about our past,
present, and future. He also talks about the importance of getting a good
education and striving to improve oneself, about seeking to help others less
fortunate than ourselves, etc.
School/Junior High, High School, and College/University Students
length: 60 minutes (but can go shorter or longer if desired)
The emphasis here is more on history than on Mr. Lincoln's
personal life. A significant portion of Mr. Lincoln's words to the students will
come directly from his own writings and speeches, for example his "House
Divided" speech, the Lincoln-Douglas Debates, his farewell address at
Springfield, his First and Second Inaugural addresses, his Gettysburg Address,
the Emancipation Proclamation, and his proclamations for days of prayer and
For a visit up to two hours in length, consisting of one
or more classroom visits and/or assemblies: $200
Each additional hour: $50/hour
Travel expenses: no charge within 30 miles of Oak Park, IL (beyond 30 miles:
Discounts are available for visits to multiple schools
in the same district/area on the same day.
Reduced fees are available to schools or organizations
with limited financial resources.
Payable by check to "Kevin J. Wood", by cash, or by PayPal (payment expected
on date of program or within two weeks afterwards).