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2018 Illinois History Symposium on Statehood Day in Springfield

Event date: 12/3/2018 9:30 AM - 3:45 PM Export event
2018 Illinois History Symposium on Statehood Day in Springfield
Elaine Evans

2018 Illinois History Symposium on Statehood Day in Springfield

ISHS and University of Illinois Springfield Alumni SAGE Society

The Illinois State Historical Society and the University of Illinois Springfield Alumni SAGE Society will host an all-day symposium on Illinois history, December 3, 2018, at the new UIS Student Union. The day-long event includes the SAGE Society's "Lunch and Learn" program, which will focus on immigration and the African diaspora. 

Morning Sessions

9:30 a.m. –
Michael Wiant, Ph.D., former Head of Anthropology at the Illinois State Museum and Director of Dickson Mounds Museum, will present Bicentennial Primer: Ten Things Every Immigrant Should Know about the First Illinoisans.

10:30 a.m. – Bill Kemp, Librarian and Archivist of the McLean County Museum of History, will present Lincoln's Lost Speech, examining the fiery speech on territorial expansion of slavery into the western territories that set the stage for Lincoln's rise to the Presidency.

Lunch and Learn

11:30 a.m. – Dr. Hinda Seif, UIS Associate Professor, Sociology/Anthropology and Women & Gender Studies, will present A Nation of Immigrants:
Historical Perspectives on Immigration to the Land of Lincoln
Dr. Tiffani Saunders, UIS Instructor of Sociology and African American Studies, will present The African Diaspora: Communities Descended and
Emigrated from Africa's Peoples to the Prairie State

Afternoon Sessions

1:45 p.m. – Devin Hunter, Ph.D., UIS Professor of Public History, and students of the program will present History Harvest: Bicentennial Projects of the
UIS Public History Program.

2:45 p.m. – Robert Sampson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, Millikin University, will present Bicentennial Exam: What Every Illinoisan Needs
to Know About the First 200 Years of Illinois History

The ISHS Bicentennial Illinois History Symposium is free to the public (there is a $23 fee for the luncheon, but non-dining attendees can hear the program for free after the lunch), but reservations are required. Call 217-206-6058 for more information, or register online at

UIS Student Union
2251 Richard Wright Drive
Springfield, IL (Map)

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