Birthday observance Saturday at Postville Courthouse
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[February 04, 2010]
Period music, storytelling, a visit by Abraham
and Mary Lincoln, a Civil War clothing program, Lincoln history
programs, and Lincoln's favorite rocking chair await visitors to
Abe Lincoln's birthday observance on Saturday from noon to 4
p.m. at Postville Courthouse State Historic Site in Lincoln. The
event is free and open to the public.
When Lincoln was riding the 8th Judicial Circuit between Springfield
and Charleston, he often stayed with a friend, state Sen. Maldon
Jones. When there, he always sat in the same rocking chair, and that
chair will be displayed at Postville Courthouse, thanks to Jones'
great-great-grandson Doug Mullikin and his wife.
Paul Beaver, Lincoln College professor emeritus and Lincoln
scholar, will talk about the Logan County split between Abraham
Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas. His presentations will begin at 1:30
and 2:15 p.m. in the upstairs courtroom. Linda Cox and Dorothy
Salenger from Girard will explain and demonstrate how ladies dressed
for afternoon tea during the Civil War era.
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Period music will be provided by the ever-popular Postville
Express, who will perform all afternoon. Folk musician and
storyteller Mike Anderson will provide entertainment. Abraham and
Mary Lincoln impersonators Gary and Carol Simpkins will visit with
guests. Postville Courthouse volunteers will conduct tours and serve
birthday cake and punch.
Postville Courthouse State Historic Site, administered by the
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, is a reproduction of the
first Logan County Courthouse, which was in use from 1840 to 1847
and hosted Abraham Lincoln and others who traveled for court
sessions in the 8th Judicial Circuit. The historic site, located at
914 Fifth St. in Lincoln, is open from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday
[Text from file received from the
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency]