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Call for Papers and call for panels for the 20th Annual Conference on Illinois History.


October 4 & 5, 2018; Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Springfield, IL (USA)


The Conference on Illinois History is accepting paper or panel proposals on any aspect of Illinois’s history, culture, politics, geography, or archaeology. The Conference especially welcomes submissions exploring the upcoming bicentennial of statehood. We encourage submissions from professional and avocational historians, graduate students, and those engaged in the study of Illinois history at libraries, historic sites, museums, and historical societies.

Proposals are also being accepted for teacher workshops. If you are a teacher who has created an innovative, comprehensive, or timely curriculum on an aspect of Illinois’s history, culture, politics, geography, or archaeology, please share your expertise with other teachers at the conference.


The deadline for proposals is May 1, 2018. Please send:

  • A one-page summary of the topic, including a description of the major primary and secondary sources used.
  • A one-page resume for each participant.

Send proposals to: Christian McWhirter, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth St., Springfield, IL 62701, or

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