Monday, April 6, 2015

UIS Lunch & Learn Series discusses the "fight for Lincoln’s burial site"

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Alumni SAGE Society, Illinois State Historical Society and UIS Chancellor’s Office invite the public for a closer look at why Springfield was chosen as Lincoln’s final resting place.

WHEN: Thursday, April 23 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Public Affairs Center (PAC) Conference Room C/D, located on the lower level of the PAC on the UIS campus.

DETAILS: As part of the 150th anniversary commemoration of the end of the American Civil War and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Wayne Temple, author and internationally recognized authority on the 16th President, will discuss “The fight for Lincoln’s burial site” and the selection of Springfield as Lincoln’s final resting place.

Dave Joens, author and director of the Illinois State Archives, will explore the journey and legacy of John W. E. Thomas, a former slave who became the first African American to be elected to the Illinois General Assembly.

The cost for the hot buffet lunch and program is $20/per person. Reservations are requested, as seating is limited. Seating is available in the back for those who do not purchase the luncheon buffet.

The Lunch and Learn series is designed to stimulate thinking as it builds upon the university's tradition of open and intelligent dialogue. Visit to register online.

For more information, contact the UI Alumni Association at UIS at 217/206-7395 or email

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