Christmas on Lincoln's 8th Judicial Circuit
Christmas open house Dec. 2 at Postville Courthouse
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[NOV. 25, 2006]
Take a step back to Abraham Lincoln's time and
enjoy period holiday decorations, music and sweets during the
Christmas open house scheduled for Dec. 2 from noon to 4 p.m. at
Postville Courthouse State Historic Site in Lincoln. The event is
free and open to the public.
The courthouse will be decorated in the simple but
beautiful style of the mid-1800s, and its Christmas tree will
feature prairie dolls, wooden decorations and grapevines. Tour
guides will explain the ornaments on the tree and how they were
crafted in the 1840s. Period music by the Postville Express,
featuring John Sutton, Manny Gaston and others, will fill the
historic building. The 1800s art of china painting will be
demonstrated by local artisan Phyllis Bryson. A display of 1840s
photography will be in the upstairs courtroom, with a presentation
by Carlene Carter on the history of the pictures. A Lincoln
impersonator will greet visitors. For refreshments, prairie pumpkin
cake and fruit punch will be served. The site
will have 300 feet of
decorations along the log fence again this year.
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Postville Courthouse State Historic Site in Lincoln is
administered by the
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. It is a reproduction of
the first Logan County Courthouse, in use from 1840 to 1847, and
Abraham Lincoln practiced law in the original wooden structure while
riding the 8th Judicial Circuit. Postville Courthouse is open
Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. for free public tours
and other times by appointment. Call 217-732-8930 or 217-735-4977.
Historic Preservation Agency news release provided by Shirley R.