Bringing history -
and his story -
to life!

Abraham Lincoln by Kevin Wood



426 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! *


Oct. 18-19: Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference (Wisconsin Dells, WI)
Oct. 20-22: Civil War Days at Dollinger Farm (Channahon/Minooka, IL)
Oct. 28: Forest Park Casket Race (Forest Park, IL)
Nov. 2: Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library (Zionsville, IN)
Nov. 3: Indiana Council for the Social Studies Conference (Indianapolis, IN)
Nov. 3: Cub Scout Fundraising Dinner at Faith Community Church (Noblesville, IN)
Nov. 4: CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental 5K (Indianapolis, IN)
Nov. 6: Cicero Public Library (Cicero, IL)
Nov. 6: Chicago Ridge Public Library (Chicago Ridge, IL)
Nov. 7: Fulton County Public Library (Rochester, IN)
Nov. 8: Buchanan District Library (Buchanan, MI)
Nov. 9: Studebaker National Museum / The History Museum (South Bend, IN)
Nov. 9: Nappanee Public Library (Nappanee, IN)
Nov. 10: Jefferson Elementary School (Plymouth, IN)
Nov. 11: American Legion Post T.H.B. 187: Military Ball (Elmhurst, IL)
Nov. 13: Anamosa Library & Learning Center (Anamosa, IA)
Nov. 14: Hopkinton Public Library (Hopkinton, IA)
Nov. 14: Edgewood Public Library (Edgewood, IA)
Nov. 15: Delhi Public Library (Delhi, IA)
Nov. 15: Ruth Suckow Memorial Library (Earlville, IA)
Nov. 15: Colesburg Public Library (Colesburg, IA)
Nov. 16: Manteno Public Library (Manteno, IL)
Nov. 17: Bethesda Rehab & Senior Care (Chicago, IL)
Nov. 18: Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (Schaumburg, IL)
Nov. 18: Whiting Public Library (Whiting, IN)
Nov. 19: Rock Run Place (Senior Assisted Living) (Joliet, IL)
Nov. 22: Indian Prairie Public Library (Darien, IL)

 see a complete list of upcoming portrayals (including 2018)

Mr. Lincoln's Travels

(contact me for a program in your area!)

November 2-4:

central IN

November 7-10:

north central IN / southwestern MI

November 13-16:

east central IA

late Nov. / early Dec.:

north central IN / southwestern MI

Feb. 18-20, 2018:

east central IL

Feb. 28 - Mar. 2, 2018:

southeastern WI

April 9-13, 2018:

east central IA

Spring 2018:

southwestern OH

Spring 2018:

south central IA

Spring 2018:

southeastern WI

May 22-24, 2018:

southeastern WI


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


CBS News 58 Milwaukee Program (10/23/2016)

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

latest post (August 17):

Abraham Lincoln, White Supremacist?

Road Scholars Speakers Bureau

This program helps local nonprofit organizations in Illinois bring cultural and educational programs to their communities.  My program "From a Birth of Freedom to a New Birth of Freedom" is available in both English and Spanish.

"Running Abe": Fastest Abe in the West!

Next race:

Oct. 28: Forest Park Casket Race (Forest Park, IL)

Nov. 4: CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental 5K (Indianapolis, IN)

Abraham Lincoln's famous relatives: George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Elvis Presley, Amelia Earhart, and more! Abraham Lincoln by Kevin Wood updated 10/19/2017