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Drinkin' With Lincoln
Drinkin’ with Lincoln is a podcast from WNIJ that looks at Abraham Lincoln's life, land and legacy through the eyes of the people who know him best: Lincoln presenters (commonly known as Lincoln impersonators, a term many Lincoln presenters avoid). Each episode, a Lincoln presenter joins WNIJ history correspondent Clint Cargile as he explores sites significant (and sometimes not-so-significant) to Abraham Lincoln's life in Illinois.Then Clint and his guest Lincoln find the nearest brewpub or brewery to quaff a beer (sometimes two) so we can get to know the man behind the beard: where he comes from, why he does what he does, what makes him Lincoln.If you have a Lincoln-related topic you'd like us to cover, or a Lincoln presenter you'd like us to interview, contact us at lincoln@niu.edu.

Drinkin' With Lincoln Episode 9: Lincoln In The Time Of Quarantine

I refuse to just grow a mustache and say, “Well, my time is done for a while,” and wait for something to happen. –Lincoln Presenter Michael Krebs

Due to Illinois’s shelter-at-home order, many of us are quarantined, working remotely or unable to work at all. But what about our Lincoln presenters? How has the coronavirus disrupted their profession, which relies almost exclusively on live events, many of them taking place in schools and senior centers?

To find out, I checked in with three previous guests on Drinkin’ with Lincoln, two Abrahams and a Mary. I spoke with Kevin Wood (episode 1) about switching to virtual visits, Laura Keyes (episode 6) on the power of sharing live-history, and finally, Michael Krebs (episode 4) on facing the uncertainties ahead. We also catch up on what everybody has been up to since we last spoke, and we discuss what words of wisdom Lincoln would have to offer during these unique times.

You’ll find out all about that, and more, on this special quarantine edition of Drinkin’ with Lincoln.

If there are any Lincoln topics you’d like us to cover in future episodes, or Lincoln presenters you’d like us to interview, drop us a line at lincoln@niu.edu.

You can also listen to this episode at these podcast directories:



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Lincoln Presenters:

Kevin Wood

Laura Keyes

Michael Krebs


Mana Kintorso (performed live on Sessions from Studio A)

Organizations Mentioned:

Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area (NPS site)

Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area (main site)

Alliance of National Heritage Areas

Association of Lincoln Presenters

Women’s Suffrage Centennial 2020


Michael Krebs video thanking first responders

Lincoln’s 1862 Annual Message to Congress (concluding remarks)

Construction of the Lincoln Memorial

New Lincoln Statue in Macomb, Illinois

Dunlap Public Library


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