The 16th annual conference on the History of Illinois is set to take place Sept. 25-26 at the Prairie Capitol Convention Center and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. There will be sessions on nearly every point in Illinois’ history from prehistoric East St. Louis, to African-American activists and immigrants, to Abraham Lincoln’s speeches, and to the bustling streets of modern, downtown Chicago. A wide range of topics and multiple sessions will be available throughout each day.
The conference will also feature eight sessions designed specifically for teachers interested in learning new ways to explore history in the classroom. These special workshops range in topics that would benefit teachers in grades K-14 with emphasis on engaging students in historical studies through technology and primary sources.
There will be several special presentations throughout the conference also. These will include an address by Dennis H. Cremin, author of “Grant Park: The Evolution of Chicago’s Front Yard,” as well as presentations by Glenna R. Schroeder-Lein on the new book “Treasures of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library” and Kevin Levin, author of “Battle of the Crater: War as Murder.”
There is a cost to attend the conference. To register go online to the “special events” tab of www.PresidentLincoln.illinois.gov or call 217-558-8934. In order to attend the luncheon and banquet registration must be received by September 19th. For a complete schedule of the daily events or for more information visit http://www.illinois.gov/ihpa/Involved/Documents/2014.Conference.pdf