The first sign, produced in conjunction with the Abraham Lincoln
Heritage Foundation of Logan County, was previously unveiled at the
Lincoln's Lot site in downtown Lincoln.
The new signage, featuring
lawyer Abraham Lincoln, Judge Treat and Sheriff Deskins at Postville
Courthouse, was illustrated by noted Lincoln artist Lloyd Ostendorf.
Local historian Paul Beavers told those gathered that the
Ostendorf illustrations of the life of Lincoln are prized not only
locally but wherever Lincoln historic sites are to be found.
The wayside exhibit was made possible by the generous donation of
Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Behrends of Lincoln, who were on hand for the
Behrends mentioned that he recalled, as a second-grader, when the
original Postville Courthouse was taken down. It was on its way to
He said that he and his wife are proud to be a part of this
community and are involved with civic affairs as much as possible.
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Geoff Ladd, director of tourism for Logan County, stated that he
is also proud of the community and our efforts to keep everything
rolling as the communities prepare for the Abraham Lincoln
Bicentennial celebration next February. "What with the cuts in
tourism dollars by the state, it has been rewarding to see this
community come together to make sure these projects continue with
the use of alternative sources of funding," Ladd said.
Shirley Bartelmay, volunteer coordinator of the all-volunteer
Postville Courthouse staff, said that every time she walks the
grounds of the Postville site she reminds herself that she could be
walking on ground once walked by our storied 16th president.
Most of the remaining interpretive signs are being funded through
an Illinois Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission grant received
by Main Street Lincoln as part of the local Abraham Lincoln
Courthouse Historic Site is open noon-5 p.m. Tuesday through
The new sign is on duty 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
[Text from news release; Mike Fak]