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

893 appearances in 19 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! *


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

Aug. 24: Wolf Road Prairie Fest, by Save the Prairie Society (Westchester, IL)

Aug. 24: "Rotary Rally": Community Festival of Rotary Club of OP/RF, representing River Forest Twp. (River Forest, 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. 26: South Sioux City Public Library (South Sioux City, NE)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug. 29: South Central Calhoun Middle School (sponsored by Rockwell City Pub. Lib.) (Rockwell City, IA)

Aug. 29: Golden Horizons Assisted Living (Ida Grove, IA)

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

Aug. 30: Alexander Public Library (Alexander, IA)

Sept. 2: Buxton National Historic Site & Museum (North Buxton, ON, Canada)

Sept. 9: Mater Dei Catholic School (Topeka, KS)

Sept. 9: Brewster Place Senior Center (Topeka, KS)

Sept. 9: Leavenworth Public Library (Leavenworth, KS)

Sept. 10: Northview Elementary School (Manhattan, KS)

Sept. 10: Wamego Public Library (at Kaw Valley State Bank Heritage Club) (Wamego, KS)

Sept. 10: Atchison Public Library (Atchison, KS)

Sept. 11: Basehor Community Library (Basehor, KS)

Sept. 12: Clay Center elementary school(s) (sponsored by Clay County Arts Council) (Clay Center, KS)

Sept. 12: Clay Center Carnegie Library (Clay Center, KS)

Sept. 16: Talcott Free Library (Rockton, IL)

Sept. 22: Vintage Base Ball Game at Lindbergh Park (Oak Park, IL)

Sept. 26: Eureka Public Library (Eureka, IL)

Sept. 28-29: Apple 'n Pork Festival (Clinton, IL)

Oct. 2: Community Library (Salem, WI)

Oct. 5-6: Carpentersville Civil War Re-enactment (Carpentersville, IL)

Oct. 7: Regency Brookfield Senior Community (Brookfield, WI)

Oct. 7: Regency Muskego Senior Community (Muskego, WI)

Oct. 7: Regency New Berlin Senior Community (New Berlin, WI)

Oct. 8: PTO Today Live PTO/PTA Expo (Schaumburg, IL)

Oct. 8: Waunakee Public Library (Waunakee, WI)

Oct. 9-10: Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference (Wisconsin Dells, WI)

Oct. 11: Alvernia Manor Senior Living (Lemont, IL)

Oct. 11: wedding (private) (Naperville, IL)

Oct. 17: Canal Corridor Association at Public Landing Restaurant (Lockport, IL)

Oct. 18: Salt Creek Civil War Round Table at Glen Ellyn Historical Society (Glen Ellyn, IL)

Oct. 19-20: Village of Hainesville Civil War Re-enactment (Hainesville, IL)

Oct. 21: North Shore Senior Center (Northfield, IL)

Oct. 24: Holy Cross Village at Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN)

Oct. 24: Bristol Public Library (Bristol, IN)

Oct. 25: Holy Cross House at Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN)

Oct. 26: Studebaker National Museum (South Bend, IN)

Nov. 1: Cantata Adult Life Services (Brookfield, IL)

Nov. 4: Northfield Branch Library (Northfield, IL)

Nov. 6: Somonauk Public Library (Somonauk, IL)

Nov. 7: Fairview Haven Retirement Community (Fairbury, IL)

Nov. 7: Brimfield Public Library (Brimfield, IL)

Nov. 9: Vespasian Warner Public Library (Clinton, IL)

Nov. 11: Bartlett Public Library (Bartlett, IL)

Nov. 12: Naperville Public Library: Nichols Library (Naperville, IL)

Nov. 14: Clarendon Hills Public Library (Clarendon Hills, IL)

Nov. 15: Traditions at CIBC Senior Club (Worth, IL)

Nov. 15: The Moorings of Arlington Heights (Arlington Heights, IL)

Nov. 16: St. Edmund Catholic Parish (Oak Park, IL)

Nov. 18: Lexington Square Retirement Community (Elmhurst, IL)

Nov. 18: Aram Public Library (Delavan, WI)

Nov. 19: Kirkland Crossings – Presbyterian Homes & Services (Pewaukee, WI)

Nov. 19: Lake Geneva Public Library (Lake Geneva, WI)

Nov. 20: Meadowmere & Mitchell Manor (Senior Living) (Oak Creek, WI)

Nov. 20: Waterford Public Library (Waterford, WI)

Nov. 21: The Admiral at the Lake (Chicago, IL)

Nov. 22: IASB/IASA/IASBO Joint Annual Conf. (w/ Baysinger Architects & Assoc. of Illinois Rural & Small Schools) (Chicago, IL)

Nov. 23: Prairie Center for the Arts (Schaumburg, IL) [Ticketed Event]

Nov. 25: Rolling Meadows Library (Rolling Meadows, IL)

Nov. 26: Schaumburg Township District Library (Schaumburg, IL)

Nov. 27: Normal Public Library (Normal, IL)

Nov. 29: Belmont Village Senior Living (Oak Park, IL)

   see the complete list (including 2020 and beyond)

Mr. Lincoln's Travels

(contact me for a program in your area!)

August 26-30:

west central IA / southeastern SD / northeastern NE

Sept. 2-4:

southwestern ON, Canada

Sept. 9-12:

northeastern KS / metro Kansas City area

Sept. 26-29:

central IL

Fall (?):

northeastern / east central IA

Fall (?):

greater St. Louis area (MO/IL)

Oct. 7-10:

southeastern / south central WI

Oct. 24-26:

north central IN / southwestern MI

early Nov.:

southeastern WI

Nov. 7-9:

central IL

Nov. 18-20:

southeastern WI

Nov. 27:

central IL

Winter (?):


Feb. 20-Mar. 3, 2020:


Spring 2020 (?):

greater Cincinnati area (OH/KY/IN)

May 11-15, 2020:

south central IA

May 18-22, 2020:

south central / southeastern WI

June 1-3, 2020:

southeastern WI

June 9-10, 2020:

southeastern WI

Summer 2020 (?):

northern WI


latest post (May 7):

Lincoln's Gracious Letter to a Tiny, but Admiring, Republic

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:

(none scheduled)

Abraham Lincoln's famous relatives: George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Elvis Presley, Amelia Earhart, and more! Abraham Lincoln by Kevin Wood updated 08/19/2019