Center for Lincoln Studies

The Center for Lincoln Studies furthers the mission of the University of Illinois Springfield by providing activities related to the study of Lincoln, Springfield, the state of Illinois, and the nation.  Through education, research, and outreach, the Center provides students, faculty, scholars, and the public with opportunities to understand the life and times of the 16th President and his impact on the modern period.

2021 Mary and James Beaumont Endowed Lincoln Legacy Lecture Series

Transitioning to virtual

The Center for Lincoln Studies has made the difficult decision to move our 2021 Mary and James Beaumont Endowed Lincoln Legacy Lecture Series to an online format. It is important to us to build our community and celebrate history without adding to the uncertainty that so many individuals are facing. We are dedicated to bringing you a high-quality online event.

If you have already registered to attend in person we will register you for the virtual event.

The University of Illinois Springfield Center for Lincoln Studies invites the public to attend the 2021 Mary and James Beaumont Endowed Lincoln Legacy Lecture Series discussion on “Lincoln and Anti-Racism” with professors David Reynolds and James Oakes. Click here to register and learn more!

Film Premiere and Panel Discussion Lincoln & Douglas: Touring Illinois in Tumultuous Times

The University of Illinois Springfield Center for Lincoln Studies invites the public to attend the film premiere of Lincoln & Douglas: Touring Illinois in Tumultuous Times, a 47-minute documentary road film about the Lincoln-Douglas debates co-directed by UIS Wepner Distinguished Professor of Lincoln Studies, Dr. Graham Peck. After the program there will be a presentation by Lincoln re-enactor Randy Duncan, Lincoln and the Lakota. President Abraham Lincoln reflects on the days, events and people connected with the Lakota Indian uprising in Minnesota, the conviction of 303 Native Americans, and Lincoln’s pardoning of all but 39–our nation’s most recent mass hanging, but also our largest mass pardoning.

Click here to register and learn more!

2021 Lincoln Legacy Workshop: Lincoln, Antislavery, and Anti-racism

The University of Illinois at Springfield’s Center for Lincoln Studies invites K-12 social studies educators to the first annual Lincoln Legacy Lecture workshop, focusing on Lincoln, Antislavery, and Antiracism. The Center invites up to twenty K-12 social studies educators and preservice educators to participate in up to five sessions of a day-long professional development event at the UIS campus. Click here to register and learn more!

Current Projects and Workshops

The Center for Lincoln Studies actively promotes original research into Lincoln’s life and times. Here are some projects to participate in this year:

  • Making Our History: Artists Render Lincoln’s LegacyThe Center for Lincoln Studies (CLS) and Visual Arts at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) invite applications for an innovative remote artist-in-residency program focusing on the legacies of Abraham Lincoln.

Education

The Center for Lincoln Studies will educate UIS students about the life, legacy, and character of President Lincoln.

  • Providing student seminars examining Lincoln and his leadership.
  • Hosting teacher seminars for UIS faculty, Education students, and school teachers exploring research and public policy using Lincoln as an example.
  • Working with national Lincoln organizations, museums, and historic sites.

Scholarship

  • The Center for Lincoln Studies will actively promote original research into Lincoln’s life and times by cooperating with the University of Illinois Press to publish Lincoln primary source materials and monographs.
  • By working with the Papers of Abraham Lincoln project, by cooperating with the Abraham Lincoln Association to publish a scholarly journal, by encouraging graduate students and post docs from around the country and the world to come to Springfield and take advantage of the incomparable resources in town: the Brookens Library at UIS , the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, the Illinois State Library, the Illinois State Archives, and the Sangamon Valley Collection at the Lincoln Public Library, and to avail themselves of the many Lincoln authorities in town, including the knowledgeable staff at those institutions.
  • The UIS faculty, local archaeologists and historians, the National Park Service employees, members of the Abraham Lincoln Association, the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission, the Old State Capitol, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Iles House, the Illinois State Historical Society and the local historical societies in nearby cities and towns.

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Funding Priorities

You can help support the Center for Lincoln Studies on our giving page.