Conference Area: Springfield
Downtown Springfield, filled with restaurants, shops, and historic sites, will serve as the base of all FGS 2016 Conference activities. And the conference venue is just a quick walk to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and Lincoln Home National Historic Site. The Illinois State Archives, Old State Capitol, Lincoln's Tomb, and other attractions are just minutes away by car.
Expect a spectacular educational program, an Exhibit Hall with a few surprises, fun special events, door prizes, and research opportunities galore. Volunteers will be there to assist you at every turn, plus you'll meet and network with other genealogists. Who knows, you might even meet a new cousin!
Prairie Capital Convention Center
Located at 1 Convention Center Plaza in downtown Springfield, the Prairie Capital Convention Center will host conference lectures and house an exhibit hall filled with genealogical and historical vendors from across the United States and beyond.
The Center has recently undergone a very exciting, massive renovation to modernize our facilities and expand the types of events we can accommodate. This transformation includes extensive expansion of the lobby by 6,000 square feet, the new outdoor BOS Plaza, additional concessions areas, an upper level patio terrace, and two upper level terrace areas. We've added new main floor restrooms and upgraded existing facilities, as well.
Ensuring the safety and equal access of all guests to The Center is of the utmost importance to us. Our facilities are fully ADA compliant, including all restroom facilities. Accessible seating is available for every event at The Center. For specific details and to make arrangements for accessible seating, please plan to make arrangements in advance. Arrangements can be made for interpreters as necessary. Discuss your situation with our staff prior to finalizing plans for attendance. Listening devices are also available for our hearing impaired guests. If you are in need of this accommodation, please call the Box Office at 217-788-8814, ext. 5 to make arrangements in advance. To make arrangements in advance of your visit for these non-standard accommodations, or to make a special request for accommodations not outlined here, please call 217-788-8814, ext. 5.