I just put the dates in my calendar. If no urgent conflicts come up, I'll be there. I have relatives in Saint Louis, so I'll stay with them an commute. Meeting Todd Schlafer and Ryan M Bell are definitely two of the Seminar presenters I would love to meet. The whole line up is exciting. Almost too many good Seminars and workshops at the same time. It will be hard to choose just which ones I want to see. Glad to see there will be an LED talk, I need to spin up on LED technology. Last time I seriously looked into LED they were ''not ready for prime time'', back in 2010-2012. LED have come a long way since.
There is the Cahokia Mounds State Park, this is the site inhabited by mound builders of the Woodland period from about 1000AD. At the time the population was greater than London. There is also Woodhedge, a recreation of a Solar calander that they used made of wood instead of Stonehenge.
Fort du Charte in Prairie du Rochelle, this was the capital of Upper New France. The fort was rebuilt during the 1930’s by rage CCC. The powder house, although repaired, is the oldest building in Illinois. The town has several homes from the era. They also have many activities throughout the year.