Friday May 17 –Sunday May 19, 2019

Springfield, Illinois

The IAAA 2019 Annual Meeting is next month! We appreciate your patience with us as we plan a spectacular weekend to celebrate our organization’s 50th anniversary. Join us at our birthplace, the Illinois State Museum, for the business meeting, archaeological presentations, special guests, field trips, and cake!

Friday May 17, 2019

IAAA members and friends will have a guided tour of The Illinois State Research and Collections Center (1011 East Ash Street, Springfield) from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. We need to provide a number of participants so respond on the registration form if you plan to attend.

Saturday May 18, 2019

The IAAA Annual Meeting will be held at The Illinois State Museum (502 S. Spring Street, Springfield). The morning activities will include the Business meeting followed by a 45-minute presentation. Following lunch, there will be a celebration for the 50th anniversary of IAAA. This will be a special occasion with honored guests, memories, and sweet treats. The remainder of the afternoon will have talks and the 1908 Springfield Race Riot Site Tour conducted by Floyd Mansberger. Additional featured speakers will be Brad Koldehoff, Gideon Ben-Tovah, Addison Kimmel, and Lucas Howser. There will be a tour/social time at the Elijah Iles House late Saturday night.

Sunday May 19, 2019

Holly Labisky, author of Cemeterying With Hope, will conduct a tour of two historical cemeteries in Logan County – the Latham Cemetery and the Elkhart Cemetery in Elkhart, IL (a 30- minute drive from Springfield, and a 15-minute drive from Lincoln.) This will not be a typical biographical cemetery crawl, but rather a unique look at the attributes of cemeteries and what they have to offer the living. These two graveyards provide a plethora of material, including a vast array of history, prominent local and national figures, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and maybe a surprise or two. The tour will begin at 9:30 a.m., weather permitting. Please wear sturdy shoes and be prepared to walk on uneven ground.

Accommodations and Meals

The IAAA has not made arrangements for a conference hotel. We understand that financial circumstances are different for our many members. Each of you will be responsible for reserving your own lodging. There are several hotels in Springfield. You may also choose to stay in Lincoln, IL which is 30 miles from Springfield. IAAA does plan to provide morning munchies for Saturday and party food for the afternoon. All other meals throughout the weekend will be your responsibility.