War, politics, Italians, plague and more
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at the Oct. 12-13 Conference on Illinois History
[OCT. 3, 2006]
SPRINGFIELD -- A wide range of topics, from the
Civil War to ethnic and social history, will be presented during the
eighth annual Conference on Illinois History, scheduled for Oct. 12
and 13 in Springfield. The conference is sponsored by the Illinois
Historic Preservation Agency.
Sessions will be at the Prairie Capital Convention Center, with the
Thursday evening banquet at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.
Oct. 12 sessions: Southern Illinois and the Natural Environment; WPA
Art in Illinois; Civil War Memories I; John Peter Altgeld; Sports;
Science and Society in 20th-Century Illinois; Panic and Plague in
Antebellum Illinois; Frontier Illinois; Journalism; 20th-Century
Chicago; Civil War Legacies; Economic and Social Development;
History Sleuths; and Railroads in the 1850s. The luncheon speaker,
Kerry Trask, will discuss Black Hawk, the Sauk Indian leader whose
name is associated with the Black Hawk War. The Thursday evening
banquet speaker will be author James Green, who will discuss the
Oct. 13 sessions: Italians in Illinois; 20th-Century Politics;
Illinois Families; Illinois Justice System; Creating Communities;
Lincoln Studies; African American Experience in 19th-Century
Illinois; Art in the Gilded Age; Civil War Memories II; Landscape
and Architectural Design; Topographical Town Scenes in Vachel
Lindsay's Universe; Abolitionists and the American Memory; The Civil
War Home Front; and World War I. The lunch speaker will be author
Robert Bray, who will discuss Peter Cartwright and Abraham Lincoln.
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Teacher workshops during the conference are entitled "Juvenile
Fiction on Abraham Lincoln"; "Resources to Use in Your History and
Geography Classroom"; "Using Newspaper and Magazine Online Indexes
for Research Topics"; "Enhancing Student Comprehension by Utilizing
Primary Sources Relative to Illinois History"; "Illinois Political
History"; and "Illinois Abolitionist History." Teachers can earn one
certified professional development unit per conference session hour.
Registration forms are available at
www.illinoishistory.gov/conference.htm or by calling
217-785-7933. The registration deadline is Oct. 10.
Historic Preservation Agency news release]