Annual conference on Illinois history
Oct. 6-7 event examines state history,
from Civil War to baseball to devastating tornado
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[September 13, 2016]
– Hear the story of an Effingham wife and mother who devoted herself
to nursing wounded soldiers during the Civil War. Meet the
entertainer who helped introduce Japanese culture to Illinois. Learn
about the mystery of Abraham Lincoln’s grandfather or the triumphs
of three women in early Chicago journalism.
All those stories, and many others, will be featured at the 2016
Conference on Illinois History, which takes place Oct. 6-7 at the
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
The price is $90 to attend both days or $50 for a single day. (The
student prices are $45 and $25.) The luncheon sessions are $15 each,
and there’s a Friday evening banquet for $50.
To register, visit
www.PresidentLincoln.illinois. gov and click on “special
event reservations.” See the conference program at
The Thursday lunch features three important new faces on the
Illinois history scene: Heidi Brown-McCreery, director of the
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency; Alan Lowe, executive director
of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and Samuel
Wheeler, the state historian.
Friday’s lunch session offers veteran archaeologist Mark Wagner
discussing the amazing variety of history to be explored in southern
Illinois near the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.
The Thursday evening banquet will showcase the presidential
library’s Oral History Program, which just marked its 10th
anniversary. Director Mark DePue will describe the program and
highlight some of the most interesting and entertaining people who
have been interviewed.
Other sessions will discuss:
• The use of DNA to determine the identity of Lincoln’s maternal
• “Hick” Cady, the Bishop Hill farm boy who played on three World
• The devastating Plainfield tornado of 1990
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Mary Newcomb, who followed Grant’s army to care for ill and wounded soldiers
• Pioneering female journalists in Chicago
• Michitaro Ongawa, who performed Japanese plays, music and dance during the
early 20th century
• What to do with the remnants of buildings associated with the Springfield race
riot of 1908.
The conference also includes sessions designed specifically for teachers
interested in learning new ways to explore history in the classroom.
Participating teachers can earn professional-development credit.
The conference is sponsored by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation.
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