ALA-Benjamin P. Thomas Symposium 2018

Sunday, February 11, 2018

6:00 p.m. at the Old State Capitol, Springfield Illinois

Guy Fraker, attorney from Bloomington, Illinois, will speak on his new road tour/guide book about the Eighth Judicial Circuit. Free and open to the public.

Monday, February 12, 2018

11:00 a.m. at the Old State Capitol, Springfield, Illinois

Kate Masur, professor at Northwestern University, will speak on John E. Washington, the first African-American to publish a book on Lincoln, They Knew Lincoln (1942). She has written the introduction to the first reprinted edition (2017).

Michael Burlingame, professor at University of Illinois Springfield, will speak on other African-Americans in Washington, D.C., who knew Lincoln.

Free and open to the public


1:00 p.m. at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library 

Sold out

Jason Emerson, expert on the Lincoln family, will give a talk titled Mary Lincoln for the ages: She is not the woman we think she is."

Roundtable featuring all four speakers 

2:30-4:00 p.m. on the second floor of Library book signing

Lincoln Birthday Banquet

February 12, 2018 

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Hotel

7th and Adams, Springfield, Illinois

Speaker: Richard Carwardine of Oxford University will speak on "Lincoln's Humor" 

Tickets $85

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