Civil War Symposium II

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Date(s) - 10/04/2019 - 10/05/2019
All Day

The History Museum

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The Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County and the Tri-State Civil War Round Table are sponsoring Civil War Symposium II, scheduled Friday and Saturday, October 4th and 5th, in Quincy. The opening reception will be held from 2-5 p.m. at the History Museum on the Square, 332 Maine Street. Refreshments will be served, and Quincy’s History Shop gift shop will be open.
All five symposium presentations will be held at the Kroc Center, 405 Vermont. Friday evening at 7:00 p.m., Lincoln scholar Tim Good will speak about Lincoln’s assassination and death in a talk entitled “We Saw Lincoln Shot.” Good has written extensively about Lincoln; his best known books are “We Saw Lincoln Shot,” “The Lincoln Douglas Debates and the Making of a President,” and “Lincoln for President: An Underdog’s Path to the 1860 Republican Nomination.”
At 8:00 p.m., the ever-popular duo of George Buss and Chris Vallillo will perform “Lincoln the Great Communicator.” Buss, a well-established Lincoln impersonator, will discuss various elements of Lincoln’s life, and Vallillo will reflect on these comments musically. Vallillo will use guitar/banjo/and mouth harp to play songs of the time that relate to “Old Abe.”
Starting at 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning, Dr. Scott Giltner, history professor at Culver-Stockton College, will treat audiences to a look at “Civil War Guerrillas in NE Missouri.” Following this, at 10:15 a.m., Dr. Cindy Lovell will discuss “Grant and Twain and the Memoirs.” Dr. Lovell was former executive director of both the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum in Hannibal and the Mark Twain Home and Museum in Hartford, Connecticut. She is currently semi-retired but teaches for Quincy University and the University of South Florida. The Symposium will end with a program offered by Dr. Sam Wheeler, State Historian of the State of Illinois. He will speak at 1:30 p.m. on “Tad Lincoln’s Civil War: The President’s Son Surrounded by War.”
The Lincoln Gallery at the HSQAC Visitors Center, 425 South 12th, is a special attraction this year. The Gallery contains original artifacts related to Lincoln’s life and assassination, including the key to Mary Surratt’s jail cell; a padded hood worn by Lewis Powell (Payne); and manacles worn by George Atzerodt. The Gallery will be open on Friday from 2:00 pm to 6:30 pm and on Saturday from 2:45 pm to 3:30 pm.
Civil War Symposium II is free and open to the public; however, registration is required. To register, contact the HSQAC office at 217-222-1835 or check out the website at

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