Dennis Boggs of Nashville, Tennessee travels all over the nation bringing Abraham Lincoln's story to life for audiences of all ages. With his extensive theatrical background, Mr. Boggs was first introduced into playing the role of President Lincoln in a theatrical a production on stage at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) in his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, and with the art of professional storytelling in her background, his wife Molly encouraged her husband to further pursue his portrayal of this great historical figure. She definitely saw the passion within him while preparing for the role, and with much indepth research and study, Mr. Boggs grew an even deeper admiration and appreciation of this great man, mainly because of the many challenges and trials and tribulations that he endured throughout his life, beginning with his birth and on into his adulthood. He also recognized that Abraham Lincoln had very little schooling within his background, but with much hard work and determination, he eventually succeeded and even rose to achieve the highest office in the land. So after endless hours and through continuing years of research and studying, with reading countless books and papers, and through much prayer, Mr. Boggs was highly driven to recreate and personify this historical figure's story, with his one-man act, and told in first person storytelling format, through his program entitled Meet Mr. Lincoln.
And so with averaging over 250 programs a year, Mr. Boggs of Nashville, Tennessee, travels coast to coast as a fulltime profession, presenting President Lincoln for schools, colleges and universities, civic organizations, Chautauqua events, library programs, museums, Civil War roundtables, storytelling festivals, motivational speaking programs, churches, as well as many other special events.
Some of his credits include 2 documentaries for theHistory Channel, entitled Being Lincolnand Looking for Lincoln, as well as being highly featured on several PBS (Public Broadcasting System) programming stations. He has also presented President Lincoln for many programs with the United States National Park Services including:
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site (Flat Rock, North Carolina),
The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site (Plains, Georgia),
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (Middlesboro, Kentucky),
Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus(Columbus, Georgia),
Stones River Battlefield(Murfreesboro, Tennessee), Vicksburg National Military Park (Vicksburg, Mississippi)
Andersonville National Historic Site (Andersonville, Georgia)
Dennis Boggs presents Meet Mr. Lincoln
Mr. Boggs has had the privilige to do programs for The Assocation of Shortline Railroads in Orlando, Florida, as well as the 150th Anniversary of the Union Pacific Railroad in San Antonio, Texas, and also for the Iowa Interstate Railroad. He has presented President Lincoln at numerous living history events as well as several national Civil War reenactments including The 140th Anniversary of the Reenactment of the Battle of Franklin & also The 145th Battle of Franklin (Franklin, Tennessee) and also The 145th Anniversary of the Reenactment of the Battle of Chickamauga (Chickamauga, Georgia) with the latter being attended by Vice-President Dick Cheney as the keynote speaker.
Mr. Boggs has also done several programs for different Chapters of the Colonial DamesinVero Beach, Florida; West Palm Beach, Florida; Jacksonville, Florida; andSt. Augustine, Florida. He has also spoken to The Children of the Daughters of the American Revolution and also The Sons of the American Revolution,in Charlotte, North Carolina as well as for several Chautauqua events, including the Two Rivers Chautauquain Grand Junction, Colorado; The Natural StateChautauqua in El Dorado, Arkansas; and The Keene Chautauqua in Keene, New Hampshire. Mr. Boggs has also speaks at events throughout the year for the Abraham Lincoln Library & Museum, located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University.
He has also presented programs for the Washington, D.C. Historical Society and was awarded First Place in The National Abraham Lincoln Look Alike & Oratorical Competition in Illinois, and Mr. Boggs has even had the honor and privilege of presenting President Lincoln at The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.