Bicentennial edition of Conference on Illinois History held


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Thursday and Friday is the bicentennial edition of the annual Conference on Illinois History at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

Topics being discussed Thursday include:
•    New research on Springfield's influential Edwards family (8:30 a.m.)
•    The first 10 years of the Lincoln National Heritage Area (8:30 a.m.)
•    Efforts to collect and preserve handwritten family recipes (10:15 a.m.)
•    How various museums have celebrated the state's bicentennial (12:45 p.m.)
•    The discovery of an outpost used by Lewis and Clark (1:45 p.m.)

Friday's presentations include:
•    "Sundown" towns where African-Americans were not permitted after dark (8:30 a.m.)
•    Abraham and Mary Lincoln's African-American servant in Springfield (10:15 a.m.)
•    Two Illinois brothers who joined the famous Tuskegee Airmen (10:15 a.m.)
•    How the events of April 1818 shaped modern Illinois (12:45 p.m.)
•    The experiences of Japanese-Americans in Illinois (3:30 p.m.)

To see the full conference program, click HERE.

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