Bringing history -
and his story -
to life!

Abraham Lincoln by Kevin Wood



496 appearances in 13 States and two countries


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! *


Feb. 20: Nettie Davis / Wanda Kendall / Glenn Raymond Schools (Watseka, IL)
Feb. 20: Bradley Public Library (Bradley, IL)
Feb. 21: The Birches Assisted Living (Clarendon Hills, IL)
Feb. 22: Washington Elementary School (Sterling, IL)
Feb. 22: Lincoln Elementary School (Sterling, IL)
Feb. 22: Dixon Public Library (Dixon, IL)
Feb. 22: Lincoln-Manahan Home Museum (Sterling, IL)
Feb. 23: Good Shepherd Lutheran School (Pekin, IL)
Feb. 24: Wood River Public Library (Wood River, IL)
Feb. 24: Columbia Public Library (Columbia, IL)
Feb. 24: O'Fallon Public Library (O'Fallon, IL)
Feb. 26: Washington Elementary School (Elgin, IL)
Feb. 26: Peterson Park Health Care Center (Senior Community) (Chicago, IL)
Feb. 26: Lake Geneva Public Library (Lake Geneva, WI)
Feb. 27: Jackson Elementary School (Sheboygan, WI)
Feb. 27: Pigeon River Elementary School (Sheboygan, WI)
Feb. 27: Aram Public Library (Delavan, WI)
Feb. 28: Butler Middle School (Waukesha, WI)
Feb. 28: Waukesha Public Library (Waukesha, WI)
Mar. 1: Graham Public Library (Union, WI)
Mar. 1: Germantown Community Library (Germantown, WI)
Mar. 3: St. Patrick's Day Parade (with Historical Soc. of Forest Park) (Forest Park, IL)
Mar. 5: Amboy Junior High School (Amboy, IL)
Mar. 5: Franklin Grove Public Library (Franklin Grove, IL)
Mar. 9: Lake Denoon Middle School (Muskego, WI)
Mar. 9: Fairhaven Senior Services (Whitewater, WI)
Mar. 10: Slinger Community Library (Slinger, WI)
Mar. 11-12: Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference (Madison, WI)
Mar. 14: Chicago Activity Professionals Assoc. Entertainer Showcase (Chicago, IL)
Mar. 16: St. Paul Catholic School (Valparaiso, IN)
Mar. 16: Oak Hill Elementary School (Lowell, IN)
Mar. 17: Kalamazoo Living History Show (Kalamazoo, MI)
Mar. 22: Shorewood-Troy Public Library (Shorewood, IL)

 see the complete list (including April and beyond)

Mr. Lincoln's Travels (map)

(contact me for a program in your area!)

February 23:

central IL

February 24-25:

greater St. Louis area (MO/IL)

February 26 - March 2:

southeastern WI

March 9-13:

southeastern / south central WI

March 16-18:

northern IN / southwestern MI

April 3-5:

greater Cincinnati area (OH/KY/IN)

April 9-13:

east central IA

April 30 - May 3:

central WI


central IN

May 14-18:

south central IA

May 21-25:

southeastern / south central WI

June 4-6:

southeastern WI

Oct. 8-10:

southeastern WI


central IN


eastern PA / East Coast


north central IN / southwestern MI

November 19-21:

southeastern WI

American Heritage Living History Show, St. Charles, IL; Jan. 20, 2018; photo by Brian Schultz



Laura Keyes' website


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

top: Homer Harvest Days (Homer Twp., IL); bottom: Tolono Public Library (Tolono, IL)

latest post (November 19):

The Gettysburg Address: Memorable Words, Memorable Deeds

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 available in both English and Spanish from Dec. 3, 2017 through Dec. 2, 2018.

"Running Abe": Fastest Abe in the West!

Next race:

none scheduled

Abraham Lincoln's famous relatives: George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Elvis Presley, Amelia Earhart, and more! Abraham Lincoln by Kevin Wood updated 02/21/2018