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Illinois history conference offers new ideas and subjects for teachers

Sept. 26-27 workshops on Lincoln, Hemingway, historic maps

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[August 29, 2013]  SPRINGFIELD -- The upcoming Conference on Illinois History offers great opportunities for teachers who want new ideas on bringing history to life for their students.

The Sept. 26-27 conference offers workshops on a wide array of historical topics, including:
  • Using the movie "Lincoln" to teach about Abraham Lincoln.

  • Teaching the Gettysburg Address, which will mark its 150th anniversary in November.

  • The life and work of Ernest Hemingway, a literary giant from Illinois.

  • Exploring antique maps to discuss history and geography.

The conference also includes a two-part workshop about the National Register of Historic Places. Part one explains the register and what properties can qualify. Part two explains the process of getting a building placed on the prestigious list.

The 15th annual Conference on Illinois History takes place at Springfield’s Prairie Capital Convention Center and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

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Tickets are now available through the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum website, To register, click on "Special event tickets and reservations." The price is $90 to attend both days and $50 for a single day. Students can attend the full conference for just $40.

A detailed schedule (PDF) is available at

The conference is sponsored by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation.

[Text from file received from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency]

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