ALA-Benjamin P. Thomas Symposium 2019

Monday, February 11, 2019

6:00 p.m. at the Old State Capitol, Springfield Illinois

Brian Dirck, history professor at Anderson University and author of forthcoming The Black Heavens: Abraham Lincoln and Death will give a talk titled, “Last Full Measure: Lincoln and the Battlefield Dead”.

Free and open to the public

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

11:00 a.m. at the Old State Capitol, Springfield, Illinois

Ron Keller, professor of history and political science and the managing director of the Abraham Lincoln Center for Character Development at Lincoln College, will discuss his forthcoming book in the Concise Lincoln Library, Lincoln in the Illinois Legislature.

Matthew Pinsker, author of Lincoln’s Sanctuary: Abraham Lincoln and the Soldiers’ Home and professor of history at Dickinson College, will discuss his next book in a talk entitled, "Boss Lincoln: New Insights on a Party Leader".

Free and open to the public

1:00 p.m. at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library


Cost $30.00 – reservation required

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Nicholas J.C. Pistor, journalist and author, will discuss his recent book, Shooting Lincoln: Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner and the Race to Photograph the Story of the Century.

2:30-4:00 p.m. on the second floor of Library

Round-table featuring all four speakers followed by a book signing

Tuesday, February 12, 2019  

6:00 p.m. Reception - 7:00 p.m. Banquet
President Abraham Lincoln Hotel
7th and Adams, Springfield, Illinois


Cost $55.00 – reservation required

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Dan Abrams, Chief Legal Affairs Anchor for ABC News, will discuss his best-selling book, Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency.

The Lincoln the Lawyer Award will be presented to Floyd Abrams, renowned First Amendment lawyer.


Spinach & Arugula Salad with Dried Cranberries, Mandarin Oranges & Goat Cheese
Creamy White Balsamic Dijon Dressing and Raspberry Vinaigrette


Duet of Cajun Seared Sirloin with Chimichurri Sauce & Roasted Tomato along with Grilled Chicken Breast with Roasted Red Pepper Coulis
Duet of Braised Short Rib with Molasses Beer Barbecue Sauce & Seared Salmon with Vodka Sauce
Vegan Rotini Lentil Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes, Peas, Basil Pesto, Garlic, Shallots & White Wine

Red Skin Mashed Potatoes

Turtle Cheesecake Martini with Pecans, Chocolate, Caramel & Cheesecake with Caramel Mascarpone Whip

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