Women in black, the Blundering Generation, Lincoln the Conservative, and Ulysses S. Grant

 13th Annual Conference on Illinois History September 29 – 30 in Springfield
Springfield, IL – Topics as diverse as women in black, “The Blundering Generation,” Lincoln the Conservative, and Ulysses S. Grant and the first year of the Civil War await participants at the 13th Annual Conference on Illinois History scheduled for Thursday and Friday, September 29 and 30 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 29 include:  The Origins of the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site; The Legacy of the CCC in Coles County; Second Amendment Rights in the Gilded Age; The Working Man Does Not Need to be Told How to Live; The Influence of Religion on Midwestern Women’s Involvement in Soldiers’ Relief During the Civil War; Greek Immigrants in Downstate Illinois; The Peoria Redwings of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League; The 1680 Iroquois Incursion of the Illinois Country; Score-settling after the Fort Dearborn Massacre; Slavery in Southern Illinois Through the Eyes of Lydia Titus, Slave-Free Woman of Color; Searching for the Early Schools at New Philadelphia; Laws of Illinois; The Central Illinois  Bar and the Creation of Professional Gentility in Antebellum Illinois; What the Methodist Circuit Riders Sought in Early Illinois; The Religious Persuasion of Lincoln’s Parents During His Formative Youth; The Blundering Generation Revisited…the Necessity of the Civil War; Using Primary Sources to Teach the War of 1812; The Creation of the University of Chicago; Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Artist, Statesman, Humanitarian; A History of the African American Studies Program at Western Illinois University; Divorce Settlements – Differences in the 1930s, 1940s, and the 21st Century; and Using Street Theatrics and Prophetic Culture to Challenge the Status Quo.
The September 29 luncheon speaker will be Terry A. Barnhart, Professor of history at Eastern Illinois University and author of Albert Taylor Bledsoe:  Defender of the Old South and the Architect of the Lost Cause.  Barnhart will talk about Bledsoe, a legal associate of Abraham Lincoln who moved to the South and became a fervent defender of Southern culture and the right to own slaves.  The September 29 evening banquet will feature retired reporter and Chicago Tribune columnist Bill Barnhart and co-author of the U.S. Supreme Court Justice biography, John Paul Stevens:  An Independent Life.        
Friday, September 30 will feature more sessions, including:  Secession Movement in Southern Illinois; Lincoln the Conservative; Lincoln and the Secession Crisis in Missouri; A Portal into the Legal and Legislative Workings of Jacksonian-Era Illinois; Correcting an Error in The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln; Early 20th Century Investigative Practices – Fingerprints, Blood, and Bodies; Spies, Warriors and Financiers – Remembering the American Revolutionary War in Chicago; Community Perceptions of Political Leaders – The Case of Edward D. Shurtleff; Illinois ass a Slaveholding Borderland; Newspapers in the Illinois Slavery Debate; Rena B. Jepsen and the Founding of the North Rockford Hospital; Lincoln, Illinois’ history as an Asylum Town; A History of West Chicago Firefighting; The Payson Times and Its Editor; Examining the Unexplored Frontier of Prohibition; The Controversy over the location of Fort Crevecoeur; Digging into the Written Historical Record; Ulysses S. Grant and the First Year of the Civil War; the 1962 Appointment of Arthur J. Goldberg of Illinois to the United States Supreme Court; The Illinois Student History Program; Customs of Mourning in Civil War America; The Forgotten History of Witchcraft in Illinois; An Afflicted Family – The Logans of Springfield; Decatur, 1870 – 1925; The Jones Family Home, Ball Township, Sangamon County; and Building the American Mall – Victor Gruen’s Randhurst Shopping Center, 1959 – 1962.     
The September 30 luncheon speaker will be Gerald A. Danzer, professor emeritus of history at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Danzer’s latest book, Illinois:  A History in Pictures, provides the most recent scholarship on Illinois through engaging prose and lush illustrations.
 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) 558-8934 visit www.presidentlincoln.org for more information and to register for the  Conference on Illinois History.