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.
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).
Elementary School Students (K-2nd Grades)
length: 30-40 minutes (but can go shorter or longer if desired)
talks to the students about growing up on the frontier, his family, his lack of
formal education, his love of reading and 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 grew a beard, what he keeps inside his hat,
his love of animals, what it was like to be President, his boys’ experiences
living in the White House, how the holiday of Thanksgiving came about, 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.
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: $250 ($350 on Lincoln's Birthday
and Presidents' Day)
Each additional hour: $75/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).
"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 in Illinois
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