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The Annual Lincoln Colloquium

Saturday, October 21 — Saturday, October 21

The Chicago History Museum is hosting The Annual Lincoln Colloquium. The Lincoln Colloquium is a national conference at which Lincoln scholars from throughout the nation present historical insights concerning Abraham Lincoln. The colloquium is envisioned as part of a “Great Conversation” regarding Abraham Lincoln and his place in history.

Founded in 1986, and first sponsored by Lincoln Home National Historic Site, the audience for the Lincoln Colloquium has been essentially regional, with a modest national component. The attendees are a lively mix of amateurs and professionals, Lincoln buffs and academics, collectors and the curious, and this has been regarded as one of its strengths.

To reach a wider audience, Lincoln Home National Historic Site has joined in partnership with the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, The Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the Chicago History Museum in Chicago, Illinois, and the Indiana Historical Society in Indianapolis, Indiana. The location of the Colloquium now alternates among these institutions. As the Colloquium has grown in popularity, additional vital resources have been provided by organizations such as the Abraham Lincoln Association; Eastern National; the Illinois State Historical Society; the Sangamon County Historical Society; Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History; and the Lincoln Group of Illinois.

This year’s event speakers include:

Guy Fraker | Lincoln the Circuit-riding Lawyer

Brian Dirck | Lincoln’s experiences as a trial lawyer and its influence on his style of presidential leadership

John Lupton | Debunking the Myths about Lincoln the Lawyer

Tom Campbell | Lincoln’s Handling of Runaway Slave Cases

Chris Schnell | Antebellum Law Practice and Lincoln’s Legal Career


9:30 AM: Christopher Schnell —“There will still be business enough”: The Social Context of Practicing Law in Lincoln’s Midwest

10:30 AM: Guy Fraker—Images of Lincoln’s Eighth Judicial Circuit

11:30 AM: Thomas Campbell—Abraham Lincoln’s Acceptance of Slavery, 1837-60

12:30 PM: Lunch

1:30 PM: John Lupton—Super Lawyer or Country Bumpkin: Deconstructing Lincoln the Lawyer Mythology

2:30 PM: Brian Dirck—Abraham Lincoln: The Trial Lawyer as President

3:30-4:30 PM: Panel Discussion—What is next in scholarship on Lincoln’s legal career?

$50, 40 CHM & ALA members

Lunch is included in ticket price

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9:30 a.m.



$ 50

$40 Members

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