The conference will be held in the midwestern prairie town of Dwight, Illinois. We will meet in the former John R. Oughton House, one of the Keeley company’s original nineteenth-century buildings. It has been carefully restored and is now a lovely event facility and restaurant called the Country Mansion.
The conference site is the former home of original Keeley partner John Oughton. It became a residence for patients in the 1930s. Dwight is a very small town, but it is located on the Amtrak rail line from Chicago to St. Louis. It has international air service via these cities and also from the airport at Bloomington/Normal, Illinois. Bloomington is only a 60-minute drive from Dwight and Chicago is about 75-minutes away. Dwight is also on “Historic Route 66” and its hotels and restaurants are inexpensive.
Because of the company’s local significance, members of the Dwight Historical Society will guide tours and offer displays about this small town’s forgotten status as a global hub of addiction treatment. The town is planning other events in conjunction with this conference.
Downtown Dwight, with the former Keeley company headquarters in the centre.