Conversations 2022: April 8-10

We are pleased to announce the return of the Center for Railroad Photography & Art’s annual in-person conference, Conversations 2022, to be hosted at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois on the weekend of April 8-10.


Capacity is limited. Reserve your spot now.


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.

For those planning to attend Conversations please review the following policies to make a personal decision for both the safety of yourself and for others. Please keep in mind that the average age of attendees falls into the most vulnerable age group for transmission and symptoms of COVID-19.

Masks are REQUIRED in all indoor spaces on Lake Forest’s campus. This will be enforced. If an attendee refuses to wear their mask they may be asked to leave. Presenters may remove their masks while presenting but it is highly encouraged that they remain on.

The only time masks can be removed indoors is when people are actively eating. 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/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**
Early bird, by January 31 $125 $175 $50
Regular, by March 25 $145 $195 $50
Late, by April 1 $165 $215 $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 8:30 a.m. The conference will conclude by 12:00 p.m. to provide time for lunch and travel.

Lee Alban – It’s My Way or the Railway
Dennis Livesey – 10,000 and Beyond: Pictures on a Path
Mark Llanuza – Abandoned Railroad in the Midwest: Before and After
Karen Parker – Gene Huddleston and the C&O – 1947 to 1959
Samuel Phillips – Appalachian Railroading: Through My Eyes
Mike Raia – Chicagoland photography selections
CRP&A Collections Staff – Updates from the Center’s Collection
Contributors of The Railroad and the Art of Place: An Anthology and the upcoming Continuity and Change

After purchasing your tickets, please send one of your recent photographs, preferably from the past year, for inclusion in a presentation of attendees’ photographs at the conference. Send one JPEG image file, either 1920 pixels wide or 1200 pixels high, to info [at]

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.

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

Hotel rooms are available at:

Hilton Garden Inn
26225 N. Riverwoods Boulevard
Mettawa, IL 60045, 847-735-8374

Residence Inn Chicago Lake Forest Mettawa
26325 N. Riverwoods Boulevard
Mettawa, IL 60045, 847-615-2701

Use these links or mention the Center when you call to receive our special rate, which will be available until Friday, March 18 or whenever the block of rooms has been filled.

Dates and Times

Friday, April 8

  • Conference reception, (Glen Rowan House), 5 p.m.
  • Dinner, (Calvin Durand Hall), 6:30 p.m.
  • Music by Eric Shicotte, 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 9 

  • Coffee and pastries, (Brown Hall), 8:00 a.m.   
  • Welcome, 9:00 a.m.    
  • Morning presentations, 9:30 a.m.
  • Lunch, (Brown Hall), 12:15 p.m.
  • Afternoon presentations, 1:30 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), 8:30 a.m.
  • Morning presentations, 9:00 a.m.
  • Conclusion, 12:00 p.m.