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

730 appearances in 14 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! *


Jan. 12-13: Chicago Travel and Adventure Show (Rosemont, IL)

Jan. 15: Abilene Public Library (Abilene, KS)

Jan. 16: Manhattan Catholic Schools (Manhattan, KS)

Jan. 16: Manhattan Public Library (Manhattan, KS)

Jan. 17: Cambridge Place Senior Care (Marysville, KS)

Jan. 17: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library (Junction City, KS)

Jan. 18: Jefferson West Elementary School (Meriden, KS)

Jan. 18: Brewster Place Senior Center (Topeka, KS)

Jan. 18: Meadowlark Hills Senior Center (Manhattan, KS)

Jan. 22: Home School Hub of DeKalb County: at DeKalb Public Library (DeKalb, IL)

Jan. 24: Justice Public Library (Justice, IL)

Jan. 28: Batavia Doris Wood Branch Library (Batavia, OH)

Jan. 29: Christian Village of Mt. Healthy (Mt. Healthy, OH)

Jan. 29: St. Joseph Consolidated School (Hamilton, OH)

Jan. 29: Lane Public Library (Hamilton, OH)

Jan. 29: New Richmond Branch Library (New Richmond, OH)

Jan. 30: Immanuel Lutheran School (Hamilton, OH)

Jan. 30: St. Ann Catholic School (Hamilton, OH)

Jan. 30: Sacred Heart of Jesus School (Fairfield, OH)

Jan. 30: Lawrenceburg Public Library (Lawrenceburg, IN)

Jan. 31: St. Peter in Chains School (Hamilton, OH)

Jan. 31: Lifespring Christian Church (Cincinnati, OH)

Feb. 1: Christian Village of Mason (Mason, OH)

Feb. 1: Amelia Branch Library (Amelia, OH)

Feb. 2: Oak Brook Public Library (Oak Brook, IL)

Feb. 4: Bartlett Public Library (Bartlett, IL)

Feb. 5: St. Pauls House Lutheran Life Community (Chicago, IL)

Feb. 5: Palatine Public Library (Palatine, IL)

Feb. 6: Cary Area Public Library (Cary, IL)

Feb. 7: Gilberts Elementary School (Gilberts, IL)

Feb. 7: Rolling Meadows Library (Rolling Meadows, IL)

Feb. 8: Eisenhower Junior High School (Darien, IL)

Feb. 8: Lemont Area Historical Society (Lemont, IL)

Feb. 10: Wauconda Area Library (Wauconda, IL)

Feb. 11: North Shore Senior Center (Northfield, IL)

Feb. 11: Elmwood Park Public Library (Elmwood Park, IL)

Feb. 12: Presence Resurrection Retirement Community (Chicago, IL)

Feb. 13: Britten School (Westchester, IL)

Feb. 13: Manteno Public Library (Manteno, IL)

Feb. 14: Warrenville Public Library (Warrenville, IL)

Feb. 16: Good Samaritan Society - Geneseo Village (Geneseo, IL)

Feb. 16: Friendship Manor Retirement Community (Rock Island, IL)

Feb. 17: Bellevue Public Library (Bellevue, IA)

Feb. 18: Oak Trace Senior Community (Downers Grove, IL)

Feb. 19: Opera House of Sandwich (Sandwich, IL)

Feb. 19: The Clare (Senior Living Community) (Chicago, IL)

Feb. 20: Washington Discovery Academy (Plymouth, IN)

Feb. 20: Grassroots Homeschoolers (Matteson, IL)

Feb. 20: Alden Estates of Orland Park (Orland Park, IL)

Feb. 20: Lowell Public Library (Lowell, IN)

Feb. 21: Prairieview School (Hainesville, IL)

Feb. 22: N.B. Galloway Elementary School (Channahon, IL)

Feb. 22: Pioneer Path School (Channahon, IL)

Feb. 22: Channahon School District 17 Administrative Team (Channahon, IL)

Feb. 22: Channahon Junior High School (Channahon, IL)

Feb. 22: Three Rivers School (Channahon, IL)

Feb. 24: Forest Park Public Library (Forest Park, IL)

Feb. 25: Hiawatha Public Library (Hiawatha, IA)

Feb. 25: Hudson Public Library (Hudson, IA)

Feb. 26: Fayette Community Library (Fayette, IA)

Feb. 27: Postville Public Library (Postville, IA)

Feb. 28: Sumner Public Library (Sumner, IA)

Mar. 1: Clarksville Public Library (Clarksville, IA)

Mar. 2: Alexander Public Library (Alexander, IA)

   see the complete list (including March and beyond)

Mr. Lincoln's Travels

(contact me for a program in your area!)

Jan. 15-19:

northeastern KS

Jan. 28 - Feb. 1:

greater Cincinnati area (OH/KY/IN)

Feb. 15-17:

east central IA / Quad Cities area (IL/IA)

Feb. 25 - March 2:

northeastern / east central IA

Spring (?):

greater St. Louis area (MO/IL)

Spring (?):

north central IN / southwestern MI

March 20-22:

southeastern WI

March 25-29:

northern LA / southern AR

April 3-5:

southeastern / east central WI

April 10-16:

northern GA / southeastern TN

April 28-30:

central MS

May 13-17:

south central IA

May 20-24:

southeastern / south central WI

June 3-5:

southeastern WI

June 10-14:

east central WI

June 17-18:

Champaign-Urbana, IL area


northern WI

August 26-30:

west central IA / southeastern SD

latest post (October 7):

Lincoln and the Supreme Court: Little Drama, Much Impact

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 race:

none scheduled

Abraham Lincoln's famous relatives: George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Elvis Presley, Amelia Earhart, and more! Abraham Lincoln by Kevin Wood updated 01/14/2019