Abraham Lincoln by Kevin Wood: Programs at Schools


Abraham Lincoln by Kevin Wood

Bringing history –
and his story –
to life!

Community/Miscellaneous Programs

libraries, parades, conventions, & more

School Programs

from kindergarten through university

Church Programs

for churches & other Christian organizations

"Running Abe"

"Fastest Abe in the West"

Pui Tak Christian School in Chicago, ILI count it a great privilege to bring President Abraham Lincoln to "life" for students of all ages.

A visit from Mr. Lincoln will teach students about the history of our nation from our establishment in 1776 through the end of the Civil War in 1865.  This was a remarkable time of new ideas, tremendous change, and exciting growth in our young country.  Yet at the same time, this period was also marked by great conflict and an uncertainty about our future as a people and a nation.

Mr. Lincoln speaks both about the nation's history during his time as well as his own story.  He talks about the foundational principles of our nation, namely liberty and equality, but also about how these were only imperfectly realized due to our also allowing the existence of the institution of human slavery.  He talks about how all this played out in the antebellum years and especially in our great and terrible Civil War during his Presidency.  And he weaves into all this his own inspirational personal story.

At Christian, Catholic, and other faith-based schools, Mr. Lincoln appreciates the opportunity to speak in more depth about the religious setting of his times, including what might be called his own "journey of faith".

Mr. Lincoln is available to speak in either assembly or classroom settings.  All presentations are in first-person (in character) and are age-appropriate as described below.  Mr. Lincoln involves the students during his presentation and has a question-and-answer time at the end.

Presentations are available either in English or Spanish.  In addition, limited presentations (mixed with English) are available in French and German.  That's right, after all these years Mr. Lincoln is now multi-lingual!

MFL MarMac Middle School in McGregor, IASuggested occasions for a visit include:

  • Special assemblies for the whole school or a particular age group.

  • History and social studies classes, especially when the topic of study is the American Civil War or the development of the United States from Independence to 1865.

  • Civil War "Fairs" or "Days"

  • National holidays such as Veterans Day (November), Thanksgiving Day (November), Presidents' Day (February), Memorial Day (May), or Juneteenth (June).

  • International days promoted by the United Nations such as the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition (August 23) or the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery (December 2).

Lower Elementary School Students (1st-3rd Grades)

recommended length: 40-45 minutes (but can go shorter or longer if desired)

Mr. Lincoln talks to the students about growing up on the frontier, his family, his lack of formal education, his love of reading and his great desire to learn, the different kinds of jobs he had, what our country was like back then, how he got the nickname "Honest Abe", why he grew a beard, what he keeps inside his hat, his love of animals, what it was like to be President, his boys’ experiences living in the White House, how the holiday of Thanksgiving came about, etc.  He uses simple language and illustrations to explain the basics about why our country was divided and how it came to be united again.  [Mr. Lincoln can also talk to kindergarten students, but recommends against including them in an assembly with older students; instead, a brief classroom visit tends to work better.] 

Upper Elementary School Students (4th-5th/6th Grades)

recommended length: 45-60 minutes (but can go shorter or longer if desired)

Mr. Lincoln talks about the same things as with the Lower Elementary School students, but in greater depth, especially in regard to the history of our country.  Using the Gettysburg Address, he talks about our past, present, and future.

Brooks Middle School in Oak Park, IN (7th grade students)Middle School/Junior High, High School, and College/University Students

recommended length: 60 minutes (but can go shorter or longer if desired)

The emphasis here is more on history than on Mr. Lincoln's personal life. A portion of Mr. Lincoln's words to the students will come directly from his own writings and speeches, for example his "House Divided" speech, his First and Second Inaugural addresses, his Gettysburg Address, and the Emancipation Proclamation.


  • For one program of up to one hour in length: $250 base fee* plus travel expenses (calculated from Adrian, MI in the southeastern corner of Michigan). [*my base fee is $350 on Lincoln's Birthday and Presidents' Day].

  • For each additional program/hour: $100 per program/hour.

  • Discounts are available for visits to multiple schools in the same district/area on the same day.

  • Reduced fees are available to schools or organizations with limited financial resources.

  • For virtual programs, the fees are the same for live programs (but no travel fees!), while pre-recorded videos are only $150.

  • Payable by check to "Kevin J. Wood", by cash, or by PayPal (if linked to a bank account and not a credit card).

  • Payment expected on date of program or within two weeks afterwards.

"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 in Illinois

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Check out my full list of appearances, as best I can remember. References: available upon request