conference16.pdfClick here to view the 2016 Conference on Illinois History program.
Online registration ( for the 2016 Conference on Illinois History will be available beginning on August 30.
The 2016 Conference on Illinois History offers story after story, each one a part of the state’s unique heritage. Participants will meet an Effingham wife and mother who devoted herself to nursing wounded soldiers during the Civil War. They’ll meet both Illinois natives, like the Bishop Hill baseball player who wound up in three World Series, and newcomers, like early Japanese American entertainer Michitaro Ongawa. The conference tells the terrifying story of a deadly tornado, the mystery of Abraham Lincoln’s maternal grandfather and the triumphs of three women in Chicago journalism. Conference contributors include Mark DePue, head of oral history at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, southern Illinois historian Mark Wagner and new state historian Samuel Wheeler.


In order to receive CPDUs for the conference, teachers MUST bring a $10 check made payable to the Regional Office of Education when signing in at the conference. This fee is in addition to the registration paid to the ALPLF.