The annual Conference on Illinois History is scheduled for September 26-27, 2013, at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in downtown Springfield and is the state's largest meeting devoted to the history of the Prairie State. This is the fifteenth year of the conference, which is sponsored by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.
The conference includes 23 paper sessions that feature topics such as politics, Abraham Lincoln, Latino history, and the Civil War; seven workshops; and two roundtable discussions. Teachers will benefit from workshops on a variety of topics. Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs) are approved for the conference.
This year a two-part workshop on the National Register of Historic Places will be available during the conference. Part 1: “What is the National Register of Historic Places?” focuses on the origins of the program, what it means to be registered, examples of National Register properties in Illinois, and finally what the requirements are in order to become registered. Part II: “How Do I Get a Property on the National Register?” focuses on the application process itself and the best practices for writing a nomination form.