Thursday, Feb. 9

Birthday observance of young lawyer
A. Lincoln set on location at Postville Courthouse         
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[FEB. 9, 2006]  The Lincoln observance of Abraham Lincoln's birthday will take place at Postville Courthouse State Historic Site, 914 Fifth St., on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Schedule of events hosted by Lincoln's Logan County Arts and Crafts Guild:

10 a.m. to noon -- Abraham and Mary Lincoln impersonators Gary and Carol Simpkins will be present. Bring your cameras for pictures.

10 a.m. -- Welcome by Lincoln's Logan County Arts and Crafts Guild

  • Invocation -- The Rev. R. Anthony Lee, Holy Family Catholic Church

  • Presentation of the flags -- Logan County Interveterans Council

  • Pledge of Allegiance -- Led by Girl Scout Troop 53

  • Logan County Interveterans Council honor guard and firing squad

  • Taps

10:30 a.m. -- Mike Anderson, storyteller and musician

11 a.m. -- Abe Lincoln story contest awards

11:15 a.m. -- Remarks from:

  • Shirley R. Bartelmay, Postville Courthouse

  • Tara Sennett, Lincoln's Logan County Arts and Crafts Guild

  • John Sutton, Lincoln Railsplitting Association

  • Jean Cypher, Logan County Genealogical and Historical Society

  • Sue Bidwell, Quilters at Heart quilt guild


Everyone is invited to enjoy birthday cake and ice cream after singing "Happy Birthday" to Abe.

Schedule of events hosted by Postville volunteers:

Noon to 4 p.m.

  • Abraham and Mary Lincoln impersonaters Gary and Carol Simpkins will visit with guests.

  • The ever-popular Postville Express will entertain with period music throughout the afternoon.

  • Bloomington attorney and author Guy Fraker will give a PowerPoint presentation at 1 and 2:30 p.m.

  • Mike Anderson, a renowned storyteller and musician, will entertain at 1:45 p.m.

  • Postville volunteers will conduct tours.

  • Guests are invited to enjoy birthday cake and punch.

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Features of the Postville observance:

Guy Fraker, a Bloomington attorney and author with lifelong interest in Abraham Lincoln, will give PowerPoint presentations on the 8th Judicial Circuit, which Abraham Lincoln traveled. Fraker gave a presentation last year for the birthday party, and there was a great crowd for each presentation.

Abraham and Mary Lincoln impersonators will visit with guests.

Period music will be provided all afternoon by the ever-popular Postville Express. Sing along with them or just tap your feet and have lots of fun.

Mike Anderson, a storyteller and musician, will perform. He has performed from the Atlantic coast to Canada and to the Gulf. He is a superb communicator and has won many awards. He has honed his skills as a storyteller and is one of the best yarn-spinners and worst pun-tellers anywhere.

Postville volunteers will conduct tours and serve birthday cake and punch from noon to 4.

For more information, please call 735-4977.

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Postville Courthouse is open Tuesday through Saturday noon to 4 in the winter and noon to 5 in the summer, as well as anytime by appointment. Group meetings can be arranged summer or winter.

Visitors are invited to bring a lunch and have a picnic on the historic grounds. The grounds now feature a period flower garden and tours of the garden when the flowers are in bloom. Tours will include discussion of the medicinal purposes of each plant.

"We are proud of our site and are eager to share it with everyone." -- Shirley R. Bartelmay

[News release]

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