is available to do programs or make appearances in a variety of settings,
churches, libraries, museums, senior
residences, living history programs, Civil War re-enactments, parades, youth
camps, conventions, fundraisers (also "fun-raisers"!), and parties.
Mr. Lincoln loves to talk about history and "his story", of course, but also
about other subjects such as story-telling or leadership (see full list at
right). His most basic
historical presentation centers 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, including his "House
Divided" speech, his First and Second Inaugural addresses, his Gettysburg
Address, and his Emancipation Proclamation. You will be inspired to
hope as he did for a "new birth of freedom" for our country.
2017-18 "Road Scholar"!
I've been selected again by Illinois Humanities to be part of their
Road Scholars Speakers Bureau for the 2017-18
This program helps local nonprofit organizations in Illinois bring cultural
and educational programs to their communities. My presentation "From
Obscurity to Greatness: Illinois and Lincoln, 1830 to 1861" is available in both English
and Spanish from Dec. 3, 2017 through Dec. 2, 2018.
Mr. Lincoln's basic programs include the following (note that while 45
minutes is the suggested minimum for the following programs, he could do a
shorter program if desired):
* A New Birth of Freedom:
This is Mr. Lincoln's basic historical presentation, as described previously and also
more fully on the
school and church programs pages. (45-90 minutes)
* Lincoln as Story-Teller: Mr. Lincoln shares some of his favorite stories,
anecdotes, 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. (45-60 minutes)
* 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. (45-60 minutes)
* Lincoln on Education & the Law: Mr. Lincoln shares
his experiences and thoughts on education, e.g., the importance of being a life-long
learner, and on the law, e.g., his advice to prospective young lawyers that
"if you cannot be an honest lawyer, resolve to be honest without being a
lawyer". (45-60 minutes)
* 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. (45-60 minutes)
* 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
* 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. (45-60 minutes)
* Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address: This is a historical presentation focused especially on
Lincoln's best-known speech. (45-60 minutes)
"Thank you so much for such
a wonderful program and visit at the Bloomington Public Library as part of the
Lincolns Festival of Bloomington! Everyone enjoyed the program immensely,
enjoyed the picture taking and meeting you/Abe! You made the Festival
extra special for both the Library and the rest of the Festival sites." (from
one of the organizers of
in Bloomington, 2016)
were very complementary about your presentation and knowledge about Mr. Lincoln.
We hope that you will be able to be with us once again." ... "You were a great attraction and provided an interesting education to those
you met." (from the organizers of
Homer Harvest Days, 2014)
Mr. Lincoln can further tailor his
message to your particular interests and needs, and is available to talk to
groups of any size. In the past he has appeared at events as varied as
Memorial Day and Fourth of July parades, Thanksgiving celebrations, school plays, a naturalization service for new
citizens, National Day of Prayer events, and even Valentine's Day and Sweetheart
By the way, Mr. Lincoln is now also "Seņor Lincoln", as
he is fluent in Spanish! In fact, in addition
to presentations in English or Spanish, he can even do more limited
presentations as "Monsieur Lincoln" (in French) or as
"Herr Lincoln" (in German).
program or visit up to two hours in length: $200 ($250 on Lincoln's Birthday
and Presidents' Day)
Each additional hour: $50/hour
Travel expenses: no charge within 30 miles of Oak Park, IL (beyond 30 miles:
Discounts are available for multiple
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).