Bringing history -
and his story -
to life!

Abraham Lincoln by Kevin Wood



550 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! *


Apr. 19-22: Association of Lincoln Presenters Annual Conference (Freeport, IL)
Apr. 23: Stockton Middle School (Stockton, IL)
Apr. 24: Oakton Community College Emeritus Program (Skokie, IL)
Apr. 25: Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, IL)
Apr. 25: Three Crowns Park Retirement Community (Evanston, IL)
Apr. 26: Antioch Public Library (Antioch, IL)
Apr. 30: Rib Lake Public Library: Rib Lake SD Community Learning Ctr (Rib Lake, WI)
May 1: Granton Community Library (Granton, WI)
May 2: Hewitt-Texas Elementary School (Wausau, WI)
May 2: Wausau West High School (Wausau, WI)
May 3: Edgar Elementary School (Edgar, WI)
May 3: Edgar Middle School (Edgar, WI)
May 4: Reaching Forward Conference (Rosemont, IL)
May 7: Visitation Catholic School (Elmhurst, IL)
May 7: Emerson Elementary School (Berwyn, IL)
May 8: Currier Elementary School (West Chicago, IL)
May 8: Wegner Elementary School (West Chicago, IL)
May 10: Blue Island Public Library -- in Spanish (Blue Island, IL)
May 10: Glenview Terrace Healthcare/Rehab Center (Glenview, IL)
May 11: Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School (Oak Lawn, IL)
May 14: Davis County Middle School (Bloomfield, IA)
May 14: Bloomfield Public Library (Bloomfield, IA)
May 15: Pella Public Library (Pella, IA)
May 16: Sacred Heart School (West Des Moines, IA)
May 17: Crestview School of Inquiry (West Des Moines, IA)
May 17: Hillside Elementary School (West Des Moines, IA)
May 17: Oskaloosa Public Library (Oskaloosa, IA)
May 18: Pella Middle School (Pella, IA)
May 21: Civil War Days (for area students) (Reedsburg, WI)
May 22: Sacred Heart School (Reedsburg, WI)
May 22: Reedsburg Area High School (Reedsburg, WI)
May 22: Waunakee Public Library (Waunakee, WI)
May 23: Grand Avenue Elementary School (Prairie du Sac, WI)
May 23: Greenfield Public Library (Greenfield, WI)
May 24: Ronald Reagan Elementary School (New Berlin, WI)
May 24: Mukwonago Community Library (Mukwonago, WI)
May 25: Ozaukee Middle School (Fredonia, WI)
May 28: Elmhurst Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony (Elmhurst, IL)
May 29: Maria Saucedo Scholastic Academy (Chicago, IL)

 see the complete list (including June and beyond)

Mr. Lincoln's Travels (map)

(contact me for a program in your area!)

April 30 - May 3:

central WI

May 14-18:

south central IA

May 21-25:

southeastern / south central WI

June 1-2:

central IL

June 4-6:

southeastern WI

June 15-16:

central IL

July 5-6:

central IL

July 20-22:

central IL

Sept. 12-13:

central IL

Fall (?):

greater St. Louis area (MO/IL)

Fall (?):

eastern PA / NY / NJ

Fall (?):

central IN

Fall (?):

central WI

Fall (?):

east central IA

Oct. 2-5:

central IL

Oct. 5-7:

central KY

Oct. 9-11:

southeastern WI

Oct. 23-26:

southwestern WI / southeastern MN / northeastern IA

Oct. 26-27:

central IL

November 12-15:

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:

June 1: Lincoln's Legacy 5K/10K (Springfield, IL)

Abraham Lincoln's famous relatives: George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Elvis Presley, Amelia Earhart, and more! Abraham Lincoln by Kevin Wood updated 04/23/2018