Conference on Illinois History

Twenty-Third Annual
Conference on Illinois History
October 7-8, 2021

Call For Papers and Workshops

Call for Papers and Workshops

23rd Annual Conference on Illinois History

October 7 & 8, 2021

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library


The Conference on Illinois History is accepting paper or panel proposals on any aspect of Illinois’s history, culture, politics, geography, or archaeology. We encourage submissions from professional and avocational historians, students, and anyone engaged in the study of Illinois history at institutions such as libraries, historic sites, museums, and historical societies.

It is planned for the conference to take place in Springfield, Illinois, but presenters should be prepared to participate online if the ongoing pandemic prevents us from meeting in-person.


To submit a paper or panel proposal, please send:

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

Proposals are also being accepted for educator workshops focusing on the use of best pedagogical practices and/or innovative strategies to teach any aspect of Illinois’s history, culture, politics, geography or archaeology. Workshops are scheduled for 90 minutes; preference will be given to sessions using hands-on strategies.

To submit an educator workshop proposal, please fill out this form.

The deadline for proposals is June 1, 2021.

Send all proposals to: Jacob Friefeld, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth St., Springfield, IL 62701, or

For more information, call 217-558-0128.

CPDU Credit

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Education Department is providing 1.5 Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs) for each concurrent or plenary session and teacher workshop; 1.25 CPDUs will be offered for each plenary speaker during the Conference on Illinois History. An educator who attends all conference events will receive 31 CPDUs.

To receive CPDU credit, educators must complete a time-sensitive “sign in” process when they enter a session and submit an evaluation for each session attended. One certificate will be issued at the end of the conference for each participating educator. The certificate will include total hours awarded and a record of sessions attended.
If you have any questions, please contact the Education Department at

Mark your calendar and plan to attend the 2021 Conference on Illinois History. Check back often as more details will be added soon.  

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