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Abraham Lincoln Symposium February 11-12, 2014

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The Abraham Lincoln Association is celebrating President Lincoln’s 205th birthday on February 11 and 12, 2014 with presentations centering on the theme of Year of Decision: 1864. In announcing the special event, Abraham Lincoln Association President Robert Lenz said that he is pleased that the February 12th evening banquet speaker is Dr. Thomas F. Schwartz who worked in special collections at the Illinois State Historical Library, now the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, from 1985 to 2011.

He was Illinois State Historian from 1993 to 2011 and Director of Research and Collections at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum (A.L.P.L.M.) from 2005 to 2011. He is currently the Director of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library & Museum in West Branch, Iowa. His presentation is titled "Everything is darkness and doubt and discouragement: Lincoln and the Election of 1864."

The banquet will be held at the President Lincoln Hotel in Springfield on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 beginning with a reception at 6:00 p.m. and dinner at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $85 each and can be obtained online or by calling (866) 865-8500.

The Annual Abraham Lincoln-Benjamin P. Thomas Symposium will begin on Tuesday, February 11th at 7:00 p.m. at The Old State Capitol State Historic site with the keynote address by Dr. Bruce Levine, J. G. Randall Distinguished Professor of History and Professor of African American Studies, The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His address is entitled “Fall ofthe House of Dixie: 1864 and the Beginning of the End.”

The Symposium continues on Wednesday, February 12th at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield. The 11:00 a.m. speakers will be Dr. John F. Marszalek, Giles Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Mississippi State University, Director and Mentor of Distinguished Scholars, Executive Director and Managing Editor, Ulysses S. Grant Association; and Dr. Douglas L. Wilson, George A. Lawrence Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus and Co-Director Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College. A round table featuring all of the Symposium speakers begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. These Symposium events are free and open to the public.

The Thomas F. Schwartz Symposium luncheon, which begins at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 12th at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, features speaker Dr. Kate Masur of Northwestern University. Her topic is "Personal and Political: William Slade and Elizabeth Keckly in Lincoln’s White House."

The luncheon is $25 per person and reservations can be made online or by calling (866) 865-8500. The Abraham Lincoln Association has the following co-sponsors for these events: The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, The University of Illinois Springfield, The Old State Capitol State Historic Site, and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.

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