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History Forum

 

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library invites you to take part in the Illinois History Forum.

Please join us to talk about Illinois history, culture and people. A rotating group of moderators will lead discussions on books, films and exhibits on various topics from Illinois’ past. All discussions begin at noon and are free and open to the public. You are welcome to bring your lunch.

Upcoming Events:

September 14, 2017 — Mother Jones
Film Discussion on Mother Jones: America’s Most Dangerous Woman
Moderator: Public historian Devin Hunter (University of Illinois Springfield)
Suggested reading: Mother Jones: The Most Dangerous Woman in America by Elliott J. Gorn
Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Multipurpose Room
 
November 9, 2017 — Frontier Illinois
Book Discussion on From Furs to Farms: The Transformation of the Mississippi Valley, 1762-1825, by John Reda
Moderator: Author John Reda (Illinois State University)
Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Multipurpose Room
 
January 11, 2018 - Lewis and Clark
Book discussion on Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West by Stephen A. Ambrose
Moderator: Lewis and Clark expert Brad Winn (Lewis and Clark State Historic Site)
Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Multipurpose Room
 
March 8, 2018 – The Signs of Springfield
Exhibit discussion on the Springfield Sign Museum
Moderator: Ace Sign President Dennis Bringuet
Location: Ace Sign Company (2540 South First Street, Springfield IL.)
 
May 10, 2018 - Ulysses S. Grant
Book Discussion on U.S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth by Joan Waugh
Moderator: Civil War and American Memory historian Caroline E. Janney (Purdue University)
Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Multipurpose Room
 
July 12, 2018 - Lincoln’s Vandalia
Book discussion on Lincoln’s Vandalia: A Pioneer Portrait by William E. Baringer
Moderator: Lincoln Collection curator James Cornelius (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum)
Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Multipurpose Room
 
September 6, 2018 - Ronald Reagan
Book Discussion on When Character was King: A Story of Ronald Reagan by Peggy Noonan
Moderator: Former Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Archivist and current Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Executive Director Alan Lowe
Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Multipurpose Room
 
November 8, 2018 - Chicago and The Great Migration
Book Discussion on South Side Girls: Growing Up in the Great Migration by Marcia Chatelain
Moderator: Women’s historian Holly Kent (University of illinois Springfield)
Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Multipurpose Room
 
For more information: 217-785-9132