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.

Upcoming Events

The Black Man’s President: Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, & the Pursuit of Racial Equality

Tuesday, November 23 at 12 p.m. CST

Historian Michael Burlingame will present on his new book, “The Black Man’s President: Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, & the Pursuit of Racial Equality,” which examines Lincoln’s treatment of black people and their reception of him. Douglass led the way in recognizing the relationship and Lincoln’s ability to transcend the accepted prejudices of his times.

After the program, Dr. Burlingame will take part in a question-and-answer session about his book.

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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.


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.


  • 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.