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Meet Mr. Lincoln

Contact Name: Dennis Boggs

Address:

209 Cottage Place
Nashville, Tennessee 37214
United States
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Phone: (615) 874-8028

As a fulltime profession for 20 years, Dennis Boggs of Nashville, Tennessee has been traveling all over the nation bringing Abraham Lincoln to life for audiences of all ages. For the past 28 years, Mr. Boggs has spent countless hours of research and study on this amazing historical figure, as can truly be seen through his program entitled Meet Mr. Lincoln. With averaging over 250 performances a year, Dennis Boggs has been presenting President Lincoln for schools, colleges & universities, civic groups, museums, civil war roundtables, Chautauqua events, storytelling festivals, library programs, national reenactments, educational conferences and conventions, as well as many other special events.

Told in first person storytelling format, Meet Mr. Lincoln is an enlightening, informative, and educational look at the life of the 16th President just as if it were being told by Abraham Lincoln himself. Mr. Boggs has diligently designed an inspiring and powerful presentation that is sure to be indelibly imprinted on the minds of listeners, both young and old. His program allows the audience to experience history first hand by literally transporting them back in time. The look on their faces when he first walks into a room full of students is priceless; they are spellbound and well engaged throughout the entire performance, as his program expresses laughter, love, humor, forgiveness, character, principles, morals, determination, and above all, leadership and a sense of patriotism and pride. Mr. Boggs says that if he can influence one child to read a book, ask a question, or most of all, stay in school, then it has definitely been worth all of the effort that he has put forth.

Many of his other credits include being highly featured in two documentaries, Being Lincoln and Looking for Lincoln for the History Channel, as well as also being highly featured on several different programs for the PBS (Public Broadcasting System) programming stations. Mr. Boggs has performed many programs for the U.S. National Park Services including The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in Plains, Georgia; the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site in Flatrock, North Carolina; the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park in Middlesboro, Kentucky; The Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus in Port Columbus, Georgia; the Andersonville National Historic Site in Andersonville, Georgia, and the Vicksburg National Park in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He has also presented President Lincoln for several noted events with the history of the United States Railroads, including the Association of Shortline Railroads in Orlando, Florida; the 150th Anniversary of the Union Pacific Railroad in San Antonio, Texas; and also, for the Iowa Interstate Railroad in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Mr. Boggs has presented President Lincoln for numerous living history events and several national Civil War reenactments including The 140th as well as the 150th Anniversary of the Reenactments of the Battle of Franklin in Franklin, Tennessee, along with The 145th Anniversary of the Reenactment of the Battle of Chickamauga in Chickamauga, Georgia, with the latter being attended by Vice-President Dick Cheney as the keynote speaker.

He has also spoken to several women’s groups such as The Children of the Daughters of the American Revolution, along with the Colonial Dames in Vero Beach, Florida; Jacksonville, Florida; and West Palm Beach, Florida.

Mr. Boggs has presented President Lincoln for several Chautauqua events, including the Two Rivers Chautauqua in Grand Junction, Colorado; the High Plains Chautauqua in Greeley, Colorado; The Natural State Chautauqua in El Dorado, Arkansas; and the Keene Chautauqua in Keene, New Hampshire. Each year, he also presents President Lincoln for Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, which was named after President Abraham Lincoln. He has also presented President Lincoln at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas.

Mr. Boggs has presented several programs for the Washington, D.C. Historical Society, and he has been awarded First Place Winner in The National Abraham Lincoln Look Alike & Oratorical Competition (Decatur, Illinois), and Mr. Boggs has even had the honor and privilege of presenting President Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. For more information about his “Meet Mr. Lincoln” program, please visit his website at www.meetmrlincoln.com.

Sample Programs Offered

Program Title: Meet Mr. Lincoln Program for Grades K – 2nd Grade

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

This program is geared to a level that young students can understand. It is filled with fun and laughter and is designed to keep their attention. There are no speeches involved but plenty of life lessons dealing with a wide range of subjects. Told in first person storytelling format, children learn what it was like to be born in a one room log cabin in the wilderness of Kentucky. Mr. Lincoln talks about his family, his friends, his pets and what it was like to walk miles to attend a one room school house. The story then follows Mr. Lincoln as he leaves his friends and his schoolmates when the family moves to Indiana. There he loses one mother but gains another to take her place. The story continues and the children watch and listen as Mr. Lincoln grows from a young boy to a young man who travels to distant places and sees slavery for the first time. Through reading, he teaches himself to become a politician and a lawyer to address such issues. He marries and starts a family of his own, and then he goes on to be the President of the United States. All programs are followed by a ‘Question & Answer Session,’ where students get the opportunity to ask President Lincoln some questions.

Lesson Plan Example: Download File

Program Title: Meet Mr. Lincoln Program for Grade Levels 3-5

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

Told in first person storytelling format, children learn what it was like to be born in a one room log cabin in the wilderness of Kentucky. The story then follows Mr. Lincoln as he leaves his friends and his schoolmates when the family moves to Indiana. There he loses one mother but gains another to take her place. The story continues and the children watch and listen as Mr. Lincoln grows from a young boy to a young man who travels to distant places and sees slavery for the first time. Through hard work and reading, he teaches himself to become a politician and a lawyer in order to address such issues. He marries and starts a family of his own, and then he goes on to be the President of the United States. All programs are followed by a ‘Question & Answer Session,’ where students get the opportunity to ask President Lincoln some questions.

Lesson Plan Example: Download File

Program Title: Meet Mr. Lincoln Program for Grade Levels 6-12

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

This program is an in-depth look at the life of Abraham Lincoln from his birth in Kentucky to his growth in Indiana and his life in Illinois. It touches nearly every aspect of Lincoln’s life, with his family and friends, his meager education, his time as a lawyer and a legislator, as a husband and father, also as a congressman and then finally, as the 16th President of the United States. This program covers Lincoln’s political growth and his ever-changing views on slavery. It also shows Lincoln’s leadership skills and his struggles to find the right commanding officer for the Union Army. He describes some of the most crucial battles of the Civil War, and it further deals with Lincoln’s family life while he was living at the White House. This program contains many of President Lincoln’s most important speeches, such as, his “House Divided Speech,” his “Farewell Address,” his “1st and 2nd Inaugural Addresses,” and of course, the ever famous “Gettysburg Address.” This program even covers some of the very touching letters to families who have lost loved ones within the war. It also goes on to talk about Lincoln’s plans for reconstruction, and then it ends with that fateful night a Ford’s Theater. This program too is followed by an ‘Answer & Questions Session,’ where students get the opportunity to address and ask President Lincoln some question.

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