The Speakers

Brian Fox Ellis

Brian "Fox" Ellis

Professional Storyteller and Educator

Brian “Fox” Ellis has been a full-time storyteller, historian, and Lincoln scholar for more than 40 years. He has been performing as William Herndon for more than a dozen years and portrays several friends of Lincoln with more than 100 shows each year in Springfield. Fox is also a museum consultant who has worked with The Field Museum and The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.

He is the Artistic Director for Prairie Folklore Theatre, a unique theatre company that celebrates ecology and history through original musical theatre. Fox is the author of more than twenty books including the critically acclaimed Learning From the Land: Teaching Ecology Through Stories and Activities, (Libraries Unlimited, 1997/2011), and The Web at Dragonfly Pond, (Dawn Publications, 2006).