The Annual Lincoln Colloquium is a national conference at which Lincoln scholars from throughout the nation present historical insights concerning Abraham Lincoln. The Colloquium is envisioned as part of a "Great Conversation" ("colloquium" comes from Latin and signifies "conversation") regarding Abraham Lincoln and his place in history.
Founded in 1986, and first sponsored by Lincoln Home National Historic Site, the audience for the Lincoln Colloquium has been essentially regional, with a modest national component. The attendees are a lively mix of amateurs and professionals, Lincoln buffs and academics, collectors and the curious, and this has been regarded as one of its strengths.
To reach a wider audience, Lincoln Home National Historic Site has joined in partnership with the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, The Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the Chicago History Museum in Chicago, Illinois, and the Indiana Historical Society in Indianapolis, Indiana. The location of the Colloquium now alternates among these institutions.
As the Colloquium has grown in popularity, additional vital resources have been provided by organizations such as the Abraham Lincoln Association; Eastern National; the Illinois State Historical Society; the Sangamon County Historical Society; Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History; and the Lincoln Group of Illinois.
Annual Lincoln Colloquium Schedule
Last updated: June 18, 2018