Conversations 2022: April 8-10



Thank you to every one who joined us at the Conversations 2022

Thank you to those who joined us in Lake Forest for the Center for Railroad Photography & Art’s Conversations 2022. This was the first time we have been able to gather in-person since 2019 and we were so lucky to share the weekend with an enthusiastic group of attendees. We welcomed 150 participants from 28 states to enjoy the gathering in Lake Forest.

The conference opened on Friday with the music of country singer Erik Shicotte and his rich baritone. Presentations ran throughout Saturday and continued through Sunday morning. We appreciated an assorted roster of presenters on topics ranging from mid-century classical rail photography to innovative and contemporary takes on both photography and art. We were also fortunate to have a brilliant and passionate docent duo assisting us throughout the weekend.

Thank you to all attendees for traveling such great distances and weathering the turbulent times to join us at Conversations 2022.

You can download the conference program here (29 MB).


As we return to in-person programming, the Center is doing our utmost to ensure the safety of attendees while also delivering exceptional events. To do this we require the cooperation and consideration of all who plan to attend. Please review the following policies to make a personal decision for both the safety of yourself and for others. Keep in mind that the average age of attendees falls into the most vulnerable age group for transmission and symptoms of COVID-19.

Based on recent changes in Lake Forest College’s COVID-19 campus policy, masks are no longer required in indoor spaces on Lake Forest’s campus. This change is in line with CDC guidance as well as Lake County Health Department guidance. Masks are still encouraged for indoor use. Please understand that any significant increase in COVID on the campus may require the reinstatement of past precautions.

We will host meals and receptions in communal spaces with the option to eat outdoors, weather permitting. We will also make every effort to accommodate any special dietary needs. Please get in touch with Hailey Paige,, if you have any questions or concerns.

It is highly recommended that attendees be fully vaccinated and boosted, and/or receive a negative COVID test 72 hours ahead of the conference dates. Please monitor national and local transmission rates ahead of making your decision to attend. Full refunds are available up to one week before conference dates.

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All dates, times, and events are subject to change.


Saturday and Sunday Members Non-Members* Students**
Regular, by March 25 $145 $195 $50
Add-on: Friday banquet $75 $75 $25
Add-on: Saturday banquet $45 $45 $20

*Non-member prices include one-year membership
**Students include any individual under the age of twenty-five

Lake Forest College
555 N. Sheridan Road
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

The campus of cosponsor Lake Forest College (campus map), thirty miles north of Chicago. Learn more about the City of Lake Forest online or download the PDF overview.

Session times will be similar to past conferences, but some locations have changed. We will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 8, with a reception including drinks and appetizers at Lake Forest College’s elegant Glen Rowan House. Dinner will follow in Calvin Durand Hall at the Mohr Student Center.

Saturday’s presentations, breaks, and lunch will take place entirely in the recently renovated Brown Hall, where doors will open at 8:00 a.m. Lunch is included with your registration. Another reception will follow, also in Brown Hall, and then we will host an optional dinner back at Calvin Durand.

Sunday’s programming will take place in Brown Hall, where doors will open at 8:00 a.m. The conference will conclude by 12:00 p.m. to provide time for lunch and travel.


Friday, April 8

  • 5:00 – 7:00 pm: Reception (Glen Rowan House) 
  • 7:00 – 8:00 pm: Dinner (Calvin Durand Hall – additional purchase)
  • 8:00 – 9:00 pm: Music by Erik Shicotte (Calvin Durand Hall)

Saturday, April 9

  • 8:00 – 9:00 am: Coffee and pastries (Brown Hall, lobby)
  • 9:00 – 9:30 am: Welcome message (Brown Hall, Tarble Room)
  • 9:30 – 10:15 am: Kevin Keefe, Gene Huddleston and the C&O – 1947 to 1959 (Brown Hall, Tarble Room)
    • Kevin will be standing in for Karen Parker who had to cancel
  • 10:15 – 10:45 am: Break (Brown Hall, lobby)
  • 10:45 – 11:15 am: Docents: August VanCleave, Charlie Voyda
  • 11:15 – 12:00 pm: Lee Alban, It’s My Way or the Railway
  • 12:15 – 1:30 pm: Lunch (Calvin Durand Hall)
  • 1:30 – 2:00 pm: CRP&A Updates, Bon French, Al Louer & Scott Lothes  (Brown Hall, Tarble Room)
  • 2:00 – 3:00 pm: Kevin Keefe, The Railroad and the Art of Place: An Anthology / Scott Lothes, Continuity and Change
  • 3:00 – 3:30 pm: Break (Brown Hall, lobby)
  • 3:30 – 4:15 pm: Mark Llanuza, Abandoned Railroads in the Midwest: Before and After (Brown Hall, Tarble Room)
  • 4:15 – 4:45 pm: Erik Shicotte, Interview by Justin Franz
  • 4:45 pm: Conclusion
  • 5:00 pm: Reception (Brown Hall, patio and lobby)
  • 7:00 pm Dinner (Calvin Durand Hall – additional purchase)

Sunday, April 10

  • 8:00 – 9:00 am: Coffee and pastries (Brown Hall, lobby)
  • 9:00 – 10:00 am: CRP&A Collection Updates: Adrienne Evans, Natalie Krecek, Elrond Lawrence, Erin Rose, and Heather Sonntag (Brown Hall, Tarble Room)
  • 10:00 – 10:30 am: Break (Brown Hall, lobby)
  • 10:30 – 11:15 am: Mike Raia, Chicagoland Photography Selections from the Raia Collection (Brown Hall, Tarble Room)
  • 11:15 – 12:00 pm: Dennis Livesey, 10,000 and Beyond: Pictures on a Path
  • 12:00 pm: Conclusion

The conference package features two cocktail receptions on Friday and Saturday evenings; pastries and coffee on Saturday and Sunday mornings, and lunch on Saturday. Two dinners are available for an additional cost. Registration for conference dinners is closed and on-site tickets are not available.

Please let us know in advance if you have any special dietary needs, and we will make every effort to accommodate them.

Dates and Times

Friday, April 8

  • Conference reception, (Glen Rowan House), 5 p.m.
  • Dinner, (Calvin Durand Hall), 7:00 p.m.
  • Music by Erik Shicotte, 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 9 

  • Coffee and pastries, (Brown Hall), 8:00 a.m.   
  • Welcome, 9:00 a.m.    
  • Kevin Keefe, 9:30 a.m.
  • Break, 10:15 a.m.
  • Docents: August VanCleave, Charlie Voyda, 10:45 a.m.
  • Lee Alban, 11:15 a.m.
  • Lunch, (Calvin Durand), 12:15 p.m.
  • CRP&A Updates, 1:30 p.m.
  • Kevin Keefe & Scott Lothes, 2:00 p.m.
  • Break, 3:00 p.m.
  • Mark Llanuza, 3:30 p.m.
  • Erik Shicotte, 4:15 p.m.
  • Conclusion, 4:45 p.m.
  • Reception, (Brown Hall), 5:00 p.m.
  • Dinner, (Calvin Durand Hall), 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 10

  • Coffee and pastries, (Brown Hall), 8:00 a.m.
  • CRP&A Collection Updates, 9:00 a.m.
  • Break, 10:00 a.m.
  • Mike Raia, 10:30 a.m.
  • Dennis Livesey, 11:15 a.m.
  • Conclusion, 12:00 p.m.