Postville Courthouse State Historic Site announces Dec. 5 open house
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[November 11, 2009]
This year's Christmas open house
at Postville Courthouse State Historic Site, 914 Fifth St., is
scheduled for Dec. 5 from noon to 4 p.m. The event is free and open
to the public.
Featured speaker will be Ron Keller, assistant professor at Lincoln
College and curator of the Lincoln Heritage Museum. His
presentation, "The Changing Image of the 16th President," will be at
1 and 2 p.m. in the historic upstairs courtroom. He will use images
of historic prints from the last two centuries.
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.
The site will also have 300 feet of decorations along the rail
fence this year.
Period music by the Postville Express, featuring Manny Gaston,
John Sutton and others, will fill the historic building. Abraham and
Mary Todd Lincoln interpreters will greet visitors as they arrive.
Cake and punch will be served.
Postville Courthouse is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon
to 4 p.m. for free public tours, although donations are accepted.
Please call 217-737-0979 or 217-735-4977 with any questions.
[Text from file received from
Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of