[August 10, 2013]SPRINGFIELD -- Tickets are now
available for a conference exploring Illinois' rich history, from
slavery to Ernest Hemingway to a shocking presidential election.
The 15th annual Conference on Illinois History is scheduled for
Sept. 26-27 at Springfield's Prairie Capital Convention Center and
the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
There will be three featured speakers -- Robert Hartley, Suzanne
Cooper Guasco and Mark Pohlad -- and sessions covering topics such
as 17th-century exploration, Latino history, Abraham Lincoln and the
Hartley's recent book "Battleground 1948: Truman, Stevenson,
Douglas, and the Most Surprising Election in Illinois History"
analyzes Illinois' role in the 1948 presidential election, which
produced one of America's greatest political upsets.
Guasco, author of "Edward Coles and the Rise of Antislavery
Politics in Nineteenth-Century America," will discuss the second
governor of Illinois and his role in the mounting debate against
While Abraham Lincoln is mostly associated with central Illinois,
Pohlad will use photography to examine Lincoln's connections with
Chicago. Pohlad is associate professor of art history and associate
dean of liberal studies at DePaul University.