Jane Austen Society of North America
2008 Annual General Meeting, Chicago, Illinois
October 2-5

"Jane Austen's Legacy: Life, Love, & Laughter"

Welcome Schedule Plenary Speakers Potpourri
Breakout Sessions Poster Sessions Diversions Banquet & Ball
Registration Hotel Local Information and Attractions Tours and Off-Site Events

Springfield on Your Own

With all of the important sites open and within easy walking distance, Wednesday, October 1 is the perfect day for "Springfield on Your Own."   Amtrak runs two morning trains with two options for a return later the same day. Trains depart from Chicago's Union Station (a short cab ride or CTA bus #151). Cost is $18 each way (less for seniors). 

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

In addition to the permanent exhibit at the new Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library  you can view the special exhibit, Packaging Presidents: Two Centuries of Campaigns and Candidates.

Lincoln Home

You can easily stroll to the  Lincoln home which has been restored to its 1860 appearance, revealing Lincoln as husband, father, and politician and is open to the public for guided tours.

Old State Capitol

Nearby is the Old State Capital where Lincoln began his campaign for the Senate and lay in state after his assassination.

Dana Thomas House

Be sure to visit the fully restored Frank Lloyd Wright's
Dana Thomas House, less than one mile from the Amtrak station.

Book Amtrak tickets as soon as possible. This is a popular ride for politicians and lawyers doing business in the state capital. 

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