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12th Annual Conference on Illinois History September 30 – October 1 in Springfield
Springfield, IL – Topics as diverse as seduction and slander, Christmas in Illinois, traveling salesmen, the poetic Lincoln, and the Civil War await participants at the 12th Annual Conference on Illinois History scheduled for Thursday and Friday, September 30 and October 1 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in downtown Springfield.
Registration and fee information is available at www.presidentlincoln.org.  The conference is sponsored by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation. 
Sessions being offered on Thursday, September 30 include:  Seduction and Slander in Illinois Legal History; Debating National Identity; Navigating and Mining Illinois’ Oral History Landscape; Illinois Supreme Court History; 20th Century Political History; Illinois Education; Illinois’ Traveling Salesmen; Planetariums, Zoos and Aquariums; Illinois Stories from the Battlefield and Home Front; Mormon History; The Material Culture of Early Illinois; Using Primary Sources to Teach the Civil War; Commemoration and Benevolence in the Civil War Era; Fish in History; Legal History; Family History; and Making Research Fun.  The September 30 luncheon speaker will be Timothy Pauketat, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who will talk about his latest book, Cahokia:  Ancient America’s Great City on the Mississippi.  The September 30 evening banquet will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Kammen, Professor of American History and Culture, Emeritus, at Cornell University  He will address topics from his most recent book, Visual Shock:  A History of Art Controversies in American Culture (2006).        
Friday, October 1 will feature more sessions, including:  Reconstructing Italian-American History in Illinois; History from the University of Illinois at Chicago; Reform Movements in Illinois; Historic Preservation; Perspectives of the Pullman Strike; The Poetic Lincoln; The Illinois Coal Industry; Women; Settlement Patterns; Presidential Candidates from Illinois, 1950 – 2000; Illinois and the Coming of the Civil War; Illinois Art History; Public Spaces; African American History; Using Graveyards as a Teaching Tool; Business and Industry; The Slavery Debate; Illinois Stories; and Biography and Collective Biography.  The October 1 luncheon speaker will be Cynthia Grant Bowman, the Dorothea S. Clarke Professor of Feminist Jurisprudence at Cornell Law School, who will talk about her new book, Dawn Clark Netsch:  A Political Life (2010).
The Conference on Illinois History welcomes more than 350 people each year who appreciate opportunities to share their interest in the history of Illinois.  The more than 30 sessions include scholarly papers, panel discussions, and workshops.  Exhibitors both days include university press publishers, new and used book dealers, and the Illinois State Archives.  Teachers with a desire to bring new perspectives and teaching techniques into their classrooms can take advantage of the teacher workshops offered both days, and the conference is accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education for Continuing Professional Development Units.
Call (217) 558-8892 or visit www.presidentlincoln.org for more information on the Conference on Illinois History.
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