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Fifteenth Annual
Conference on Illinois History
Springfield

September 26-27, 2013

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The annual Conference on Illinois History is scheduled for September 26-27, 2013, at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in downtown Springfield and is the state's largest meeting devoted to the history of the Prairie State. This is the fifteenth year of the conference, which is sponsored by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.

The conference includes 23 paper sessions that feature topics such as politics, Abraham Lincoln, Latino history, and the Civil War; seven workshops; and two roundtable discussions. Teachers will benefit from workshops on a variety of topics. Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs) are approved for the conference.

Banquet Speaker: Suzanne Cooper Guasco
Suzanne Cooper Guasco is the Robert Haywood Morrison Associate Professor and Chair of History at Queens University at Charlotte, North Carolina. Her book Slavery: Edward Coles and the Rise of Antislavery Politics in Nineteenth-Century America examines the important role that Edward Coles—Illinois' second governor (1822–26)—played in shaping the national debate against slavery. Guasco argues that Coles's articulation of antislavery nationalism appealed to both Northerners and Southerners, formed the "foundation of the Republican Party platform [and] ultimately contributed to the destruction of slavery."

Thursday luncheon speaker: Robert Hartley, “How a Rifle Shot changed the 1948 Illinois Election Outcome”
Robert Hartley has been a journalist, newspaper editor and publisher, worked in public relations, and written important books on significant Illinois political figures including Paul Powell, Charles Percy, and Paul Simon. His recent book, Battleground 1948: Truman, Stevenson, Douglas, and the Most Surprising Election in Illinois History, examines the pivotal role Illinois played in the 1948 elections of Adlai Stevenson II as governor, Paul Douglas as senator, and Harry Truman as president of the United States.

Friday luncheon speaker: Mark Pohlad, “Abraham Lincoln: Chicagoan?”
Abraham Lincoln is closely associated with central Illinois, but he was no stranger to Chicago. Mark Pohlad, associate professor of Art History and associate dean of Liberal Studies at DePaul University, will discuss the Windy City's Lincoln connections using historic and modern-day images. Pohlad teaches courses in American and Modern European art, the history of photography, and Chicago topics. He frequently speaks on his research interests—photohistory, Abraham Lincoln, Chicago artists, and the relationship between art and history.

Questions? Contact Sabrina Manci at 217-558-9014 or sabrina.manci@illinois.gov.

Download this year's conference program.
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