Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 12:05 am
The 2017 Conference on Illinois History will take place Oct. 5-6 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Featured speakers will be Stuart Layne, executive director of the Illinois Bicentennial Commission, and Louise Bernard, director of the Museum of the Obama Presidential Center. Topics will include the centennial of the 1917 East St. Louis riots in which white mobs attacked African-Americans; the FBI’s efforts to infiltrate groups on both the left and the right during the 1960s; laws that allowed slavery in Illinois for decades after statehood; and the mystery of who made and paid for Lincoln’s coffin as well as what materials were used. To register, visit www.PresidentLincoln.illinois.gov and click on “special event reservations.” The complete conference program is available for viewing at http://bit.ly/2017historyconference.