Bringing history -
and his story -
to life!

Abraham Lincoln by Kevin Wood



683 appearances in 14 States and two countries

"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)


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! *


Nov. 17: Douglas County Museum (Tuscola, IL)

Nov. 17: Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site (Lerna, IL)

Nov. 18: Marseilles Community Thanksgiving Service (Marseilles, IL)

Nov. 19: Fairhaven Senior Services (Whitewater, WI)

Nov. 19: Oak Creek Public Library (Oak Creek, WI)

Nov. 19: Brookfield Public Library (Brookfield, WI)

Nov. 20: Avalon Square Presbyterian Home (Waukesha, WI)

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

Nov. 21: Wheaton Public Library (Wheaton, IL)

Nov. 21: Plymouth Place Senior Living (LaGrange Park, IL)

Nov. 27: The Summit of Uptown (Senior Living Community) (Park Ridge, IL)

Nov. 27: La Grange Public Library (La Grange, IL)

Nov. 28: Bria of Belleville Senior Living (Belleville, IL)

Nov. 28: Cambridge House of Swansea (Senior Living Community) (Belleville, IL)

Nov. 28: Meridian Village (Lutheran Senior Services) (Glen Carbon, IL)

Nov. 28: Jerseyville Public Library (Jerseyville, IL)

Nov. 29: Ela Township "55 Plus" (Lake Zurich, IL)

Dec. 1: Cook Memorial Public Library (Vernon Hills, IL)

Dec. 2: Tangled Roots Brewing Company (Ottawa, IL)

Dec. 3: GreenFields of Geneva (Senior Community) (Geneva, IL)

Dec. 3: The Hideout Pub (Chicago, IL)

Dec. 4: Northside AARP Community Group (at Thorek Memorial Hospital) (Chicago, IL)

Dec. 4: Clarendon Hills Public Library (Clarendon Hills, IL)

Dec. 5: Normal Public Library (Normal, IL)

Dec. 8: Westchester Public Library (Westchester, IL)

Dec. 10: Oak Lawn Public Library (Oak Lawn, IL)

Dec. 16: Little White School Museum (Oswego, IL)

Dec. 18: Park Ridge Public Library (Park Ridge, IL)

Jan. 8: Lake Holiday Ladies Club (Somonauk, IL)

Jan. 9: Prairieview at The Garlands (Barrington, IL)

Jan. 11: Wood Oaks Junior High School (Northbrook, IL)

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

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

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

   see the complete list (including February and beyond)

Mr. Lincoln's Travels

(contact me for a program in your area!)

November 19-20:

southeastern WI

November 28:

greater St. Louis area (MO/IL)


Jan. 14-19:

northeastern KS

Jan. 28 - Feb. 1:

greater Cincinnati area (OH/KY/IN)

Feb. 25 - March 2:

east central / northeastern IA

March 17-22:

southeastern / south central WI

Spring (?):

greater St. Louis area (MO/IL)

Spring (?):

central IN

Spring (?):

north central IN / southwestern MI

April 2-5:

southeastern / east central WI

April 10-15:

northern GA / southeastern TN

May 13-17:

south central IA

May 20-24:

southeastern / south central WI

June 3-5:

southeastern WI

June 10-14:

east central WI


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 11/17/2018