History Forum


The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library invites you to take part in the Illinois History Forum.

Please join us to talk about Illinois history, culture and people. A rotating group of moderators will lead discussions on books, films and exhibits on various topics from Illinois’ past. All discussions begin at noon and are free and open to the public. You are welcome to bring your lunch.

Upcoming Events: 

January 10
Lincoln in Art
Moderator: Art and Architecture Historian Mark Pohlad, DePaul University
Suggested Reading: Harold Holzer, Lincoln Seen & Heard
Note: Meeting will be held in the Library Atrium, not the Multi-Purpose Room

March 14
Illinois Civil War Officers and Emancipation
Moderator: Civil War Historian Kristopher Teters, Western Governors University
Suggested Reading: Kristopher Teters, Practical Liberators: Union Officers in the Western Theater during the Civil War

May 9
College Sports
Moderator: Historian of Institutions Kenneth Owen, University of Illinois Springfield
Suggested Reading: Winton U. Solberg, Creating the Big 10: Courage, Corruption and Commercialization

July 11
Illinois in World War 1
Moderator: Illinois State Military Museum Curator William G. Lear
Suggested Reading: Alistair McCluskey, The Black Day of the German Army
Location: Illinois State Military Museum

September 12
Illinois and the Atomic Bomb
Moderator: Oral Historian Mark DePue, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
Suggested Reading: Richard Rhodes, The Making of the Atomic Bomb

November 14
The Anti-Slavery Movement in Illinois
Moderator: Independent Historian and Executive Director of the Nineteenth Century Charitable Association Jeanne Schultz Angel
Suggested Reading: Eric Foner, Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad

For more information: (217) 785-9132