Bringing history -
and his story -
to life!

Abraham Lincoln by Kevin Wood

943 appearances in 21 States and two foreign countries

a multi-lingual Lincoln!

"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.

Videos of Abraham Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address in English, Spanish, French, and German
Mr. Lincoln Visits Millenium Park in Chicago (11/14/2016)

Abraham Lincoln's famous relatives (George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Elvis Presley, Amelia Earhart, and more!)

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.  He has made appearances at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, the Lincoln Heritage Museum, the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, and Lincoln's Festival on Route 66, among many other places and events.

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. 15: Mill Creek Elementary School (Geneva, 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. 23: Hawthorne Elementary School (Elkhart, IN)

Oct. 23: Beardsley Elementary School (Elkhart, IN)

Oct. 24: St. Paul's Senior Living Community (South Bend, IN)

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. 5: Hebron Public Library (Porter County Public Library System) (Hebron, IN)

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

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

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

Nov. 8: Evergreen Place Assisted Living (Normal, 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. 27: Luther Oaks (Senior Living Community) (Bloomington, IL)

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

Jan. 13: North Shore Senior Center (Northfield, IL)

Jan. 16: Home School Hub of DeKalb County (DeKalb, IL)

Feb. 3: Thomas Ford Memorial Library (Western Springs, IL)

Feb. 6: Brookfield Public Library (Brookfield, IL)

Feb. 7: Lemont Area Historical Society: "Drinkin' with Lincoln" (Lemont, IL)

Feb. 10: Sleepy Hollow Elementary School (Sleepy Hollow, IL)

Feb. 10: Gilberts Elementary School (Gilberts, IL)

Feb. 10: Crystal Lake Public Library (Crystal Lake, IL)

Feb. 10: Palatine Public Library (Palatine, IL)

Feb. 11: The Clare (Senior Living Community) (Chicago, IL)

Feb. 11: The Birches Assisted Living (Clarendon Hills, IL)

Feb. 12: Orland Park Public Library (Orland Park, IL)

Feb. 13: Heritage Woods of Manteno (Senior Living Community) (Manteno, IL)

Feb. 13: Palos Park Public Library (Palos Park, IL)

Feb. 15: North Riverside Public Library (North Riverside, IL)

Feb. 16: Elgin History Museum (Elgin, IL)

Feb. 17: Arbor Terrace Naperville (Senior Living Community) (Naperville, IL)

Feb. 17: Valparaiso Public Library (Porter Co. Public Library System) (Valparaiso, IN)

Feb. 18: Oakton Community College Emeritus Program (Skokie, IL)

   see the complete list (including February 19 and beyond)

Mr. Lincoln's Travels

(contact me for a program in your area!)

Oct. 23-26:

north central IN / southwestern MI

Nov. 7-9:

central IL

Nov. 18-20:

southeastern WI

Nov. 27:

central IL


Winter/Spring (?):

greater St. Louis area (MO/IL)

Feb. 20-March 3:


March 12-14:

east central / southeastern WI

March 23-27:

northeastern KS / metro Kansas City area

Spring (?):

greater Cincinnati area (OH/KY/IN)

April 6-8:

central IL

April 20-25:

northeastern / east central IA

May 11-15:

south central IA

May 18-22:

south central / southeastern WI

June 2-3:

southeastern WI

June 9-10:

southeastern WI

Summer (?):

northern WI

early Sept. (?):

southwestern ON, Canada

Fall (?):

western IA / eastern NE / southeastern SD


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

a few fun activities to help you learn more about the life and times of Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln by Kevin Wood updated 10/16/2019