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Illinois history conference
on for Oct. 28-29
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[AUG. 25, 2004]  SPRINGFIELD -- The annual Conference on Illinois History is scheduled for Oct. 28-29 in Springfield and sessions to be presented have been announced.

The conference, sponsored by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, is accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education for certified professional development units.

The conference will feature sessions on Illinois topics: Illinois Mormon history; Native Americans and the Illinois Country; crime and punishment; relocating the state capital; women in southern Illinois; reformers, culture and citizenship in Chicago; Illinois reporting; Chicago politics; Joseph Smith and the Nauvoo Legion; women's roles in early Illinois; the Chicago War Exposition of 1918; 19th-century anti-slavery and social justice; Illinois issues; Native American portraits; Lincoln and the ministers; Chicago cultural expressions; Illinois and the world; Emancipation and Reconstruction; public policy and designed spaces; free speech and the student movement; from market revolution to the Gilded Age; and Abraham and Mary Lincoln in memory.

Teacher workshops will be conducted on using impersonators in the classroom; uncovering the mysteries of Illinois history; Illinois maps; the changing world of local historians; developing electronic sources for student research; developing audiovisual materials for use in teaching Illinois history; and educational and volunteer opportunities at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

The Conference on Illinois History will also feature Illinois Civil War discussions; a workshop on the National Register of Historic Places; and topical local history presentations on Galesburg, Galena, Mattoon and Springfield.


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The Thursday, Oct. 28, luncheon speakers will be Robert Hartley and David Kenney, authors of "An Uncertain Tradition: U.S. Senators from Illinois, 1818-2003," who will present "Illinois Senators." The Thursday evening banquet speaker will be Catherine Clinton, author of "Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom" and "The Other Civil War: American Women in the Nineteenth Century."

The Friday, Oct. 29, luncheon speaker will be Timothy Samuelson, cultural historian for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and author of "But Wait! There's More!: The Irresistible Appeal and Spiel of Ronco and Popeil." His talk will focus on the rags-to-riches story of this fascinating business whose name has become synonymous with the word "gadget."

Preregistration is $40 per person or $15 for students; walk-in registration is $45. The Thursday luncheon costs $20, the banquet $35 and the Friday luncheon $10.

For additional information, contact Donna Lawrence, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, 1 Old State Capitol Plaza, Springfield, IL 62701;
e-mail; or phone (217) 785-7933. More information on the conference is available online at

[Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
news release]

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