Abraham Lincoln by Kevin Wood: Testimonials


Abraham Lincoln by Kevin Wood

Bringing history –
and his story –
to life!

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"Fabulous presenter, wonderful presentation, great historical context, answered questions thoughtfully. I loved the program and look forward to seeing more of him." (from a library patron in Illinois, 2023)

"It was so thrilling to meet you last week and to hear about much of our history from someone who lived through it, and also to hear about your personal life with Mary and your sons. Our patrons can't stop talking about you and how much they would like you to return to our library for another talk." (from a library programmer in Illinois, 2019)

"It was a pleasure working with you! I always get the most fabulous feedback after your programs about the authenticity and how people feel transported back in time." (from a library programmer in Illinois, 2023)

"Thank you again for such a wonderful program." (from a library programmer in Wisconsin, 2017)

"A most entertaining and informative experience presented by our President at my library last spring. His sense of humor surprised me the most. I have yet to see anyone resemble Abe more than Kevin does." (from a librarian in Illinois, 2018)

"This was a great informative session. I never knew this much about Lincoln’s political life. He needs to be invited back again." (from a library patron in Illinois, 2021)

"Thank you for your wonderful and informative talk on President Lincoln. I learned a lot. You are spreading joy and history everywhere." (from a library patron in Wisconsin, 2017)

"The feedback I received was very positive. Thank you for a well organized, well written/acted program." (from a library director, 2018)

"Thanks for a terrific program last night; we were pleased with the attendance and have had good feedback." (from a library director, 2018) ["Lincoln as Story-Teller" program]

"Thank you again for presenting a wonderful program... I thought you might like to see the feedback I received from the program evaluation sheets: What did you think of the program?: excellent (5); very good (4); very good, makes it easy to learn history!; very good and educational; great (4); great, one of the best Lincolns in the area; great, informative; 10+; aces 5 star; well done; well done, even the trick questions; amazing; awesome; very educational, please have it again; wonderful, very interesting; it was very witty; very interesting and humorous; the program was educational and enjoyable to watch." (from a library programmer and patrons in Illinois, 2017) ["Lincoln on Education & the Law" program]

"I have recently heard A LOT of wonderful feedback regarding your portrayals from other librarians in the area." (from a library director in Wisconsin, 2017)

"We all had a wonderful time last night and your visit showed what community looks like when we all gather to learn and engage. Hopefully they left with messages of kindness, perseverance and valuing our important history." (from a library director in Wisconsin, 2018) ["Lincoln and Thanksgiving" program]


"Thank you so much for your excellent depiction of President Lincoln!" (from the activities director of a senior living community in Ohio, 2023)

"A heartfelt thank you ... for [your] masterful portrayal of Abraham Lincoln. Our community is filled with history buffs, and this guest lecture was truly special!" (from the activities director of a senior living community in Illinois, 2023)

"I enjoyed your performance this afternoon. Your acting was excellent and your knowledge of Lincoln extraordinary." (from an attendee at a community center senior group in Illinois, 2021)

"Thanks again for coming out. You were such a hit!" (from the activities director of a senior living community in Ohio, 2018)

"Thank you for a great program. Residents really enjoyed it." (from the activities director of a senior living community in Indiana, 2017)


"I cannot begin to tell you how inspired I was by your speech/sermon.  Thank you SO much for coming to this celebration and church service!  I will remember your meaningful words for a long time.  God bless you Mr. President." (from a member of the congregation at a joint community church service in Illinois, 2015)

"Thank you for your effort, time and dedication.  It has been a pleasure enjoying your performance and the creative way in which you transmit the values of God's love." (from a church/ministry in Spain, 2011) (translated from Spanish)



"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, 2017)

"You were amazing. Both students and staff raved about your presentation. Thank you again." (from an eighth-grade teacher in Wisconsin, 2018)

"Thank you for visiting my class room. I learned that slavery is not a good thing. When you read part of the speech I felt the good part of me banging against my chest… You are the best president I know!" (from a second-grade student in Illinois, 2016)

"Thank you so much for your presentation today.  It was a wonderful reiteration of what [we] have been teaching, and a fantastic bridge for the trip to Springfield." (from a seventh-grade teacher in Illinois, 2015); the teacher then wrote the following about a week later, after the trip: "The kids seemed to have connected with a lot of the exhibits on a deeper level, thanks to you!  We certainly do look forward to having you present next year."

"I really liked your performance.  It was super!!  I liked when you answered questions.  SUPER JOB HONEST ABE!!" (from an elementary school student in Pennsylvania, 2003)

"Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed 'Abraham Lincoln' today.  He was phenomenal!  The students were engaged and learned so much at the assembly.  It was truly history brought to life!  My class couldn't stop talking about it." (from a third-grade teacher to the school principal, in Illinois, 2016)

"As students and teaching staff ..., we are always looking for ways to enhance our education of history in a way that is engaging and relatable.  We would like to thank you for your impactful and exciting presentation on the history of the United States, the history of the Civil War and the background on President Lincoln.  History to us at times feels like it happened so long ago that it is hard to relate to, yet you were able to bring it to life in a way that was very unique.  Thank you for being so passionate and knowledgeable on the topic as that helped to further our educational experience." (from a seventh-grade teacher and students in Wisconsin, 2016)

"Thanks for a great presentation!  All the classes loved it!  You did a super job with a very tricky age group." (from a kindergarten teacher in Illinois, 2015)


"You were awesome last night!!!! Everybody just loved you!!" (from the organizer of "Drinkin' with Lincoln", Lemont, IL, 2017)

"Thank you so much again for your wonderful portrayal of Abraham Lincoln. Our visitors loved it and we loved it too! You do an excellent job!" (from a museum director in Illinois, 2017)

"Thank you so much for such a wonderful program and visit at the Bloomington Public Library as part of the Lincolns Festival of Bloomington! Everyone enjoyed the program immensely, enjoyed the picture taking and meeting you/Abe! You made the Festival extra special for both the Library and the rest of the Festival sites." (from one of the organizers of Lincoln's Festival in Bloomington, 2016)

"The visitors were very complementary about your presentation and knowledge about Mr. Lincoln. We hope that you will be able to be with us once again." ... "You were a great attraction and provided an interesting education to those you met." (from the organizers of Homer Harvest Days, 2014)

"Thanks so much for appearing as Abraham Lincoln.  It was a terrific addition to our program!" (from the director of a school play in Pennsylvania, 2008)

"Thank you so much for all you did for us yesterday. [Our daughter] was so happy. And our extended family members were thrilled. They all had greatly positive feedback about how entertaining and knowledgeable you are." (from the mother of six-year-old girl in Illinois who invited Mr. Lincoln to her birthday party, 2017)