Cremin is featured speaker at Conference on Illinois History

Dr. Dennis Cremin to be featured speaker at 16th Annual Conference on Illinois History

Published: September 24, 2014.

Chicago’s Grant Park history will take center stage at the 16th Annual Conference on Illinois History Sept. 25 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. Dr. Dennis Cremin, Lewis University professor of history and director of the Lewis University History Center, will be the featured speaker.

His award-winning book, “Grant Park: The Evolution of Chicago’s Front Yard,” shares how the evolution of Grant Park was a gradual process, at first fraught with a lack of funding and organization, and later challenged by erosion, the railroads, automobiles, and a continued battle between original intent and conceptions of progress. Throughout the book, Cremin shows that the parkland continues to serve "as a display case for the city and a calling card to visitors."

The annual event is a two-day conference, which features both panel presentations and teacher workshops on almost any topic related to Illinois history, culture, politics, geography, literature and archaeology. Presenters and attendees range from professional historians and graduate students to museum and historic site professionals, librarians, and archivists, as well as the general public.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,700 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit for further information.

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