The 24th Annual Lincoln Colloquium


The 24th Annual Lincoln Colloquium,
"The Nature of Lincoln,"

October 15-18, 2009

Join us for a series of programs presented by the University of Illinois Springfield, the Illinois State Museum, and Lincoln Home National Historic Site, which together will feature historians, archaeologists, naturalists, teachers, and others in an exploration of how Lincoln and his generation influenced, or were influenced by, their environment and how their actions over 150 years ago still shape our lives today.

Register today to be a part of this special event. Click on the link on the right to download a free brochure and registration form. Registration must be received by Friday, October 9th, and mailed to:

The Lincoln Colloquium
Lincoln Home NHS
413 S. Eighth Street
Springfield, IL 62701-1905

For more information or assistance, please call 217-391-3241.

Schedule of Events & Lectures:


Thursday, October 15, 7:00 p.m.

  • Lincoln Legacy Lecture Series
    University of Illinois Springfield,
    Brooks Auditorium
    Free and open to the public
    Phone: 217-206-7163 for more details
  • Land of Lincoln: Environmental History and the 16th President
    Mark Fiege, Associate Professor of History at Colorado State University, Ft. Collins
  • Opening Remarks and Moderator
    Michael Burlingame, Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies, University of Illinois Springfield

Friday, October 16, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

  • Lincoln Colloquium Teacher Workshop
    The Nature of Lincoln
    Lincoln Home National Historic Site
    Open to teachers
    Free; Advanced registration required
  • From Humble Beginnings: Lincoln's Illinois, 1830-1861. Ideas for the classroom based on the Illinois State Museum's Lincoln's Illinois exhibition. Presented by Nina Walthall and Angela Goebel-Bain.
  • Lincoln Home Virtual Museum Exhibit. Lesson plans from Lincoln Home's Teaching with Museum Collections website. Presented by Susan Haake.
  • What Happens to Lands? Presentation at the Illinois Audubon Society's Adams Wildlife Sanctuary. Presented by Tom Clay.
  • Lincoln: No Friend of the Prairie. Guided driving tour of a portion of Lincoln's Eighth Judicial Circuit with a stop at Mt. Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site. Presented by Guy Fraker.
  • The Prairie Connection. Presentation at Macon County's Rock Springs Nature Center. Presented by Melody Arnold and Brent Wielt.
  • Reverse Engineering: The Strange Case of the Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park. Presentation at Decatur's Lincoln Trail Homestead Sate Park. Presented by Kim Bauer.

Friday, October 16, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

  • From Humble Beginnings: Lincoln’s Illinois, 1830-1861
  • Open House Reception Illinois State Museum Free and open to the public Join the Illinois State Museum staff for a special inside look at the State Museum’s highly acclaimed and popular exhibition on Illinois’ influence on Abraham Lincoln.

Saturday, October 17, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

  • Twenty-Fourth Annual Lincoln Colloquium Springfield Hilton
  • Advanced Registration required
  • 8:30 a.m. Registration and Exhibit Viewing
  • 9:00 a.m. Opening of program
  • Abraham Lincoln’s Quest for Order
    James E. Davis, Professor of History and Geography, Illinois College
  • New Mexico and the Coming of the Civil War
    Dwight Pitcaithley, College Professor of History at New Mexico State University
  • Our Broad National Homestead: Lincoln and the Nature of the United States
    Mark Fiege, Associate Professor of History at Colorado State University, Ft. Collins
  • Lunch
  • In the Wake of Civil War: Redefining Stewardship, Pursuit of Happiness and the Refinement of a Republic
    Rolf Diamant, Superintendent, Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historic Site
  • Lincoln and Nature
    Douglas L. Wilson, George A. Lawrence Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of English, Knox College
  • Thoughts on “The Nature of Lincoln”
    Michael Burlingame, Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies, University of Illinois Springfield
  • Question and Discussion Session
    Chaired by Cullom Davis, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Illinois Springfield

Sunday, October 18, 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

  • Hoogland Center for the Arts & Lincoln Home National Historic Site. Advanced registration required for breakfast program.
  • Join us for breakfast and period music by “The New Century Orchestra” at the Hoogland Center followed by special programs at Lincoln Home National Historic Site.

2009 Sponsors
The 24th Annual Lincoln Colloquium is presented through the generosity of the above sponsors.

Last updated: April 10, 2015

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