Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War Symposium
Sponsered by                                     Kankakee Community College and the Kankakee Valley Civil War Roundtable
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Saturday, October 10, 2015  9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
at KCC's Workforce Development Center
$50, includes lunch
    The course of 150 years has not diminished the importance of the gripping events of the American Civil War. To help remember the sesquicentennial anniversary of the war, KCC and the Kankakee Valley Civil War Roundtable are pleased to announce a special symposium  focusing on the impact of the war and how Lincoln's legacy extends throughout history. Most Americans consider the Civil War our nation's greatest trial and Abraham Lincoln the greatest President.
     Spend the day learning about how Lincoln shepherded the country through the war's great  battles, preserved the Union, and ended the scourge of slavery.
 Speakers Bios and Map(to Follow soon)
Schedule of Events

9:30 a.m.    Registration and Check In

10:00 a.m.    Opening Remarks

10:05 a.m.    George Buss "Lincoln in the Heartland: Reflections with his Friends on
                                              Dissolution, Emancipation and Reunion"
Lincoln far more enjoyed his times with his Illinois friends than any others. He is ours by our
close association with him and it endures. Lincoln returns to Illinois for an intimate social time
which will allow us to know him even better. Paul Simon and Everett Dirksen admonished us
that "it is our duty to get right with Lincoln." Now we can.

 11:00 a.m.    Ron Keller “Who Does Guy Think He Is…Or Rather, Who Do We Think He Is?”
   Lincoln's legacy looms large in our history. From the moment of his tragic assassination 150
years ago, Abraham Lincoln was catapulted immediately into the annals of American greatness.
While most consider him our greatest president, there have been some groups and individuals
who have resisted and even scorned his legacy. Lincoln has, and remains, a more controversial
and polarizing historical figure than many realize. Drawing upon quotes, images, and other
iconography in this presentation, Keller examines the disparate public and private perceptions
of this man both past and present. This presentation will challenge the audience to ponder
what Lincoln's legacy means to us today, and what these perceptions say about how America's
past and present.

Noon-1:00    Lunch Break

1:00 p.m.    Robert I. Girardi “The Real War Will Never Get In The Books.”
  Most of what we understand about the Civil War comes to us through the writings and
documents left behind by the participants of the war. Thousands of books, memoirs and
regimental histories give us names, dates, and places, and many statistics on every aspect of
the war. Do the sources really tell us about the real war? Robert I. Girardi will discuss what is,
and is not, in the books.  

2:00 p.m.    Winner of the Illinois State Historical Society’s Verna Ross
                        Orndorff Scholarship.  (Scheduled to appear.)

2:30 p.m.    Break

2:45 p.m.    James Cornelius, PhD.  “The Religion of Lincoln:  Did War Affect His and
                        Others’ Faith?”
  Did Abraham Lincoln wear only Quaker-black while president as a political statement or a
religious statement? Did all the death of the Civil War turn American soldiers and townsfolk
away from their 'old religion' as suddenly as World War I did? What exactly was Lincoln's
denomination, or set of beliefs? This talk will explore little-known shifts in his thinking and
what others around him experienced and the more surprising shifts in what others from 1865
to 2015 have said-about his faith.

3:45 p.m.    Closing Discussion

4:00 p.m.    Symposium Ends

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