Join us for our Springfield Centennial Celebrations

Join us on October 4, 2018 at the Conference on Illinois History for a panel celebrating 100 years of Publishing Lincoln and a reception celebrating  200 Years of Illinois History, 100 Years of the University of Illinois Press and 20 Years of the Conference on Illinois History!

           100 Years of Publishing Lincoln Panel  3:30-5:00pm

Chair: Dr. Brian Dirck, professor of history at Anderson University, Indiana and author of books including Abraham Lincoln and White America, Lincoln and the Constitution, and Lincoln the Lawyer, winner of the Barondess Award from the New York Civil War Roundtable for best book on Abraham Lincoln.


Dr. Catherine ClintonDenman Endowed Professor at the University of Texas San Antonio, author of biographies of Mary Todd Lincoln and Harriett Tubman and an expert on women and the Civil War.

Dr. Fred Hord, professor of Africana Studies at Knox College and coeditor of a forthcoming book on African American perceptions of Lincoln, from Frederick Douglass’s response to Lincoln’s “House Divided” speech in 1858 to the centenary of Emancipation.

Dr. Kate Masur, associate professor of history at Northwestern University and author of An Example for All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle over Equality in Washington, D.C. (2010) and numerous articles on emancipation and black politics during and after the Civil War. Her most recent project is the republication of a largely forgotten classic in Lincoln studies and African American history, They Knew Lincolnby John E. Washington.

Dr. Graham Peck, professor of history at Saint Xavier University and author of Making an Antislavery Nation: Lincoln, Douglas, and the Battle over Freedom (University of Illinois Press, 2017), which was a finalist for the 2018 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize. The book focuses on Lincoln and Douglas in reinterpreting the rise of antislavery politics. Peck also wrote, directed, and produced “Stephen A. Douglas and the Fate of American Democracy,” a feature-length documentary film that was broadcast on WTTW, Chicago.

Evening Reception in the Abraham Lincoln Library Atrium 5:00-6:30pm

Light hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.

*Conference registration not required to attend the U of I Press panel or evening reception.*

Please RSVP for the reception by September 29 at

Parking is available in the Museum Parking Garage, located on the corner of Sixth and Madison Streets.

The rate is $0.75 per 1/2 hour or $1.50 per hour.

Directions to the library can be found here,


About Heather Gernenz

University of Illinois Press Publicity Manager