Emancipation Proclamation “Watch Night” to be recreated December 31 during First Night Springfield

A special Watch Night presentation, which commemorates the historic event that took place 159 years ago when the nation awaited President Abraham Lincoln’s signature on the Emancipation Proclamation, will be held Friday, December 31 at 6 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 321 S. Seventh Street in Springfield. A special organ performance of music composed … Read more

June Symposium and Banquet

The learning and festivities begin on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 with the Benjamin P. Thomas Symposium at 10:00 a.m. in Springfield.  The Annual Birthday Banquet with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, Jon Meacham, as keynote speaker begins with a reception at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Banquet at 7:00 p.m. at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel in … Read more

The Case for Honoring Lincoln

The Illinois State Society of Washington, DC and Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia will offer a new panel discussion titled “The Case for Honoring Lincoln.” Join them as they explore the events of Abraham Lincoln’s life and why statues of Abraham Lincoln should be saved. The panel discussion will take place on Tuesday, … Read more

2021 Symposium Events

We are pleased to announce details of the 2021 Benjamin P. Thomas Symposium Banquet, which will all take place virtually on February 12, 2021 (Friday) and February 13, 2021 (Saturday). You may access all of the streaming content for free here on this page, on the ALA’s Facebook page, and on the ALA’s YouTube channel.  … Read more