Bringing history -
and his story -
to life!

Abraham Lincoln by Kevin Wood



Videos of Abraham Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address in English, Spanish, French, and German

831 appearances in 18 States and one foreign country

"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.

Appearances at:

Abraham Lincoln Pres. Museum

Lincoln Home Nat'l Hist. Site

Old Illinois State Capitol

Lincoln's Festival on Rte. 66

Lincoln Heritage Museum

Museum of the Grand Prairie

Champaign Co. Hist. Museum

Lincoln Log Cabin St. Hist. Site

Studebaker National Museum

Rock County Hist. Society

Lincoln-Manahan Home Museum

Mr. Lincoln Visits Millenium Park in Chicago (11/14/2016)

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.

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


* My Story: How I came to portray Mr. Lincoln! *


Apr. 24: Warren-Newport Public Library (Gurnee, IL)

Apr. 25: Northbrook Public Library (Northbrook, IL)

Apr. 25: Covenant Village of Northbrook (Senior Living Community) (Northbrook, IL)

Apr. 25: Winnetka Library (Winnetka, IL)

Apr. 30: Barack H. Obama Magnet Elementary School (Jackson, MS) (program for Wilkinson School of El Granada, CA)

May 2: Barrington Middle School - Station Campus (Barrington, IL)

May 2: Schiller Park Historical Commission (at Schiller Park Pub. Lib.) (Schiller Park, IL)

May 3: St. Joseph's Home (Senior Residence) (Springfield, IL)

May 4: Abe's Mini Triathlon / Pioneer Sprint Triathlon (Petersburg, IL) ("Running Abe")

May 7: Illinois Association for Home and Community Education (Joliet, IL)

May 9: Westmore Elementary School (Lombard, IL)

May 9: Oak Park Arms (Senior Residence) (Oak Park, IL)

May 13: Crestview School of Inquiry (Clive, IA)

May 13: Clive Public Library (Clive, IA)

May 14: Des Moines Public Library (Des Moines, IA)

May 15: Sacred Heart School (West Des Moines, IA)

May 15: Kirkendall Public Library (Ankeny, IA)

May 16: Lakewood Elementary School (Norwalk, IA)

May 16: Hillside Elementary School (West Des Moines, IA)

May 16: Gutekunst Public Library (State Center, IA)

May 17: Edencrest at The Legacy (Senior Living Community) (Norwalk, IA)

May 18: Chicago Area Mensa (meeting at North Park University) (Chicago, IL)

May 20: Hartje Outdoor Learning Center (Reedsburg, WI)

May 21: Grand Avenue Elementary School (Prairie du Sac, WI)

May 21: Wisconsin Dells High School (Wisconsin Dells, WI)

May 22: Ozaukee Elementary School (Fredonia, WI)

May 22: Ozaukee Middle School (Fredonia, WI)

May 22: Oak Creek Public Library (Oak Creek, WI)

May 22: Muskego Public Library (Muskego, WI)

May 23: Lake Denoon Middle School (Muskego, WI)

May 23: Muskego Lakes Middle School (Muskego, WI)

May 24 (?): Ronald Reagan Elementary School (New Berlin, WI)

May 27: Elmhurst Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony (Elmhurst, IL)

May 30: Belmont Village Senior Living (Glenview, IL)

May 31: Maria Saucedo Scholastic Academy (Chicago, IL)

June 4: Templeton Middle School (Sussex, WI)

June 8-9: Elgin Civil War Experience (Elgin, IL)

June 15: Stovepipe Sprint Triathlon (Petersburg, IL) ("Running Abe")

June 15: Champaign Public Library, Douglass Branch (Champaign, IL)

June 17: Museum of the Grand Prairie (Mahomet, IL)

June 18: Clark-Lindsey Village (Urbana, IL)

June 18: Prairie Trails Public Library (Burbank, IL)

June 25: The Mather (Senior Living Community) (Evanston, IL)

July 3: Prairieview at The Garlands (Senior Retirement Community) (Barrington, IL)

July 5: Cantata Adult Life Services (Senior Living Community) (Brookfield, IL)

July 5: Mather's – More Than a Café (Senior Center) (Chicago, IL)

July 13-14: John Lane Days (Lockport, IL)

July 15: The Moorings of Arlington Heights (Senior Living Comm.) (Arlington Heights, IL)

July 20-21: Lincoln's Festival on Route 66 (Bloomington, IL)

Aug. 20-21: Senior Lifestyle Expo "Celebrating Illinois' Bicentennial!" (Oakbrook Terrace, IL)

Aug. 26: Hawarden Public Library (Hawarden, IA)

Aug. 26: Beresford Public Library (Beresford, SD)

Aug. 26: North Sioux City Community Library (North Sioux City, SD)

Aug. 27: Sheldon Public Library (Sheldon, IA)

Aug. 27: Milford Memorial Library (Milford, IA)

Aug. 27: West Bend Public Library (West Bend, IA)

Aug. 28: Field-Carnegie (Odebolt) Public Library (Odebolt, IA)

Aug. 28: Sac City Public Library (Sac City, IA)

Aug. 29 (?): Rockwell City Public Library (Rockwell City, IA)

Aug. 29 (?): Pocahontas Public Library (Pocahontas, IA)

   see the complete list (including September and beyond)

Mr. Lincoln's Travels

(contact me for a program in your area!)

April 29-30:

central MS

May 3-4:

central IL

May 13-17:

south central IA

May 20-24:

southeastern / south central WI

June 3-5:

southeastern WI

June 15-18:

central IL

July 19-21:

central IL


northern WI

August 26-30:

northwestern / west central IA / southeastern SD

Sept. 9-12:

northeastern Kansas

Fall (?):

northeastern / east central IA

Fall (?):

greater St. Louis area (MO/IL)

Fall (?):

greater Cincinnati area (OH/KY/IN)

Oct. 24-26:

north central IN / southwestern MI

Nov. 18-20:

southeastern WI

Fall/Winter (?):

southern LA

Winter (?):



latest post (October 7):

Lincoln and the Supreme Court: Little Drama, Much Impact

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 year 2020.

"Running Abe": Fastest Abe in the West!

Next races:

May 4: Abe's Mini Triathlon / Pioneer Sprint Triathlon (Petersburg, IL)

June 15: Stovepipe Sprint Triathlon (Petersburg, IL)

Abraham Lincoln's famous relatives: George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Elvis Presley, Amelia Earhart, and more! Abraham Lincoln by Kevin Wood updated 04/22/2019