Bringing history -
and his story -
to life!

Abraham Lincoln by Kevin Wood
www.MrLincoln.com

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Community/Miscellaneous Programs

libraries, parades, conventions, & more

School Programs

from kindergarten through university

Church Programs

for churches & other Christian organizations

"Running Abe"

"Fastest Abe in the West"

Mr. Lincoln is available to do programs or make appearances in a variety of settings, including schools, libraries (see list), museums, senior residences, churches, living history programs, Civil War re-enactments, parades, youth camps, conventions, fundraisers (also "fun-raisers"!), and parties.  He has appeared at events as varied as Thanksgiving celebrations, vintage base ball games, school plays, a naturalization service for new citizens, birthday parties, National Day of Prayer events, and even Valentine's Day and Sweetheart Banquets!

"Thank you so much again for your wonderful portrayal of Abraham Lincoln. Our visitors loved it and we loved it too! You do an excellent job!"

-- from a museum director in Illinois

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GENERAL PROGRAMS (FOR LIBRARIES, MUSEUMS, SENIOR RESIDENCES, LIVING HISTORY PROGRAMS, ETC.)

(note that while 45 minutes is the suggested minimum for the following programs, Mr. Lincoln can do a shorter program if desired)

A New Birth of Freedom

This is Mr. Lincoln's basic historical presentation, centering on the twelve turbulent years from 1854-1865, when the slavery issue which had been divisive from the very beginning of our country came to a head and nearly broke us apart.  Hear about the historical background (beginning with the Declaration of Independence), the events which led Mr. Lincoln back into politics in the mid-1850s, the ever-escalating increase in tensions, Mr. Lincoln's election as President, and of course the Civil War.  You'll hear directly from some of Mr. Lincoln's best-known speeches and writings, and you will be inspired to hope as he did for a "new birth of freedom" for our country.

length: 45-75 minutes plus Q&A

ages: adults and children 6+

Naperville Public Library, 95th Street (Feb. 15, 2018) Lincoln as Story-Teller

Mr. Lincoln shares some of his favorite stories and jokes, and explains why he used these so often.  You'll still get a good dose of both the nation's history and Mr. Lincoln's personal history.

length: 45-60 minutes plus Q&A

ages: adults and children 12+

Lincoln and Thanksgiving

Mr. Lincoln shares the story of how our national, annual observance of the Thanksgiving holiday came to be established during his Presidency.

length: 45-60 minutes plus Q&A

ages: adults and children 6+

Lincoln on Education

Mr. Lincoln shares his experiences and thoughts on education, including his own limited formal schooling on the frontier, his self-education through reading, and his political views and efforts related to education.

length: 45-60 minutes plus Q&A

ages: adults and children 6+

Lincoln the Lawyer

Mr. Lincoln shares his experiences and thoughts on the law, including his own preparation, some of his most important cases, and his advice to actual and prospective lawyers, e.g., "if you cannot be an honest lawyer, resolve to be honest without being a lawyer".

length: 45-60 minutes plus Q&A

ages: adults and children 12+

Cicero Public Library, Cicero, IL (Sept. 27, 2016)
Champaign County History Museum, Champaign, IL (April 29, 2017) Lincoln on the Gettysburg Address

Mr. Lincoln talks about his most famous speech (debunking some myths along the way!), including the background and context to the familiar phrases, some interesting events surrounding his trip, his normal manner of writing speeches, and the extremely varied and interesting responses to his speech.

length: 45-60 minutes plus Q&A

ages: adults and children 6+

Juneteenth Celebration in Champaign, IL (June 16, 2018) From Obscurity to Greatness: Illinois and Lincoln, 1830 to 1861

Created especially for Illinois' Bicentennial in 2018, in this program Mr. Lincoln shares how both he and Illinois were transformed during his IL years, from 1830 to 1861.

length: 45-75 minutes plus Q&A

ages: adults and children 6+

also available through IL Road Scholars*

Lincoln on Leadership

Mr. Lincoln discusses his leadership values and style, e.g., "management by walking around", seeking different points of view, learning from experience, willingness to share both credit and blame, remaining true to principles, effective communication, etc.

length: 45-60 minutes plus Q&A

ages: adults and children 12+

Homer Harvest Days 'Living History' Program Lincoln on Immigration & America's Place in the World

Mr. Lincoln shares his experiences and thoughts on the subjects of immigration, nativism, international relations, and the global significance of the American Civil War. [also available as a lecture by Mr. Wood]

length: 45-75 minutes plus Q&A

ages: adults and children 12+

Lincoln on Slavery, Emancipation, and Race Relations

Mr. Lincoln shares his ever-evolving perspectives on the subjects of slavery, emancipation, and the relationship between the white and black races during his times (appropriate for Black History Month or any time of the year).

length: 45-75 minutes plus Q&A

ages: adults and children 12+

The "Lost Speech": Lincoln's Greatest Speech Ever?

Mr. Lincoln discusses, and even re-creates in part, his famous "lost speech" given at Bloomington, IL on May 29, 1856 at a critical time in our nation's history and his political career.

length: 45-60 minutes plus Q&A

ages: adults and children 12+

Lincoln on Literature & the Theater

Mr. Lincoln talks about his enjoyment of literature, including Shakespeare and poetry, and the dramatic arts, and how these influenced him throughout his life.  He even shares some of his own attempts at writing poetry, some humorous and others serious.

length: 45-60 minutes plus Q&A

ages: adults and children 6+

Lincoln on Religion & Spirituality

Mr. Lincoln discusses the religious atmosphere of early nineteenth century America and his own experiences and evolving views on the subjects of religion and spirituality.

length: 45-60 minutes plus Q&A

ages: adults and children 6+

* The program "From Obscurity to Greatness" is also available through Illinois Humanities' Road Scholars Speakers Bureau, which helps local nonprofit organizations in Illinois bring cultural and educational programs to their communities (available in both English and Spanish until December 2020).

Programs in Spanish/French/German

Mr. Lincoln is now also "Seņor Lincoln", as he is fluent in Spanish!  Therefore, all of the programs listed on this page are also available in Spanish.

Mr. Lincoln can even do more limited presentations as "Monsieur Lincoln" (in French) or as "Herr Lincoln" (in German).

[Read the Gettysburg Address in Spanish/French/German!]

Fees:

  • For a program or visit up to two hours in length: $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: negotiable)

  • Discounts are available for multiple programs/visits in the same area on the same day.

  • Reduced fees are available to 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).

Check out my full list of appearances, as best I can remember. References: available upon request
www.MrLincoln.com Abraham Lincoln by Kevin Wood updated 03/09/2019