February Symposium and Banquet

The learning and festivities begin on Saturday, February 12th, 2022, at 11:00, live in Springfield at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

The three talks are free, though reservations are required in order to dine during the Thomas F. Schwartz Luncheon, in the Library at 12:45 p.m. The cost is $40.00. Please write to Kaysmith.ala@gmail.com. Those not dining may sit nearby and listen. A roundtable discussion led by Prof. Michael Burlingame, ALA President, follows from 1:45 to 2:30 pm. Books by all four will be on sale and authors on hand to sign them till 3:00 p.m.

Registration coming soon…

Benjamin P. Thomas Symposium Speakers for Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022 All events held at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

11:00 a.m.: “Lincoln and Native Americans”
Michael S. Green is an associate professor of history at University of Nevada – Las Vegas. He is author or editor of three books on the Civil War, including his new Lincoln and Native Americans as well as Lincoln and the Election of 1860 (2011; now also in paper-back), both in the SIU series ‘Concise Lincoln Library.’ He has published a book on the coming of the Civil War and several books on Nevada, as well as dozens of articles and essays. He is the executive di-rector of the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association.

Photo by Lissa Schairer

11:45 a.m.: “Lincoln and Chase”
Walter Stahr worked in international law for two dec-ades before turning to political biography, first with John Jay: Founding Father (2005). Then Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man (2012) and Stanton: Lincoln’s War Secretary (2017) both reached best-seller lists. Now Salmon P. Chase: Lincoln’s Vital Rival (Simon & Schuster, Nov. 2021) completes his spotlight on the three central figures of the Cabinet. Twice Mr. Stahr was given the Seward Award for Excellence in Civil War Biography. He is making his second appearance at the ALA’s Symposium.

LUNCH TALK, 12:45: “Lincoln in Private”
Ronald C. White, Jr., is well-known to readers and listeners for his books on Grant, on Lincoln, and on Lincoln’s famed Second Inaugural. Now in Lincoln in Private: What His Most Personal Reflections Tell Us About Our Greatest President (Penguin / Ran-dom House, 2021), he moves from the external to the internal influences upon the great man. Lincoln wrote both short and long private reflections, not meant for publication or public use as far as we know. How do they reveal a new dimension of the man? Plan to stay for the ROUNDTABLE and BOOK-SIGNING, 1:45 to 3:00 p.m.

“The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is a Sponsor of the Benjamin P. Thomas Symposium”

For more information, contact Kay Smith, ALA Executive Manager, at 217-546-2656, kaysmith.ala@gmail.com