[July 16, 2012]
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first-ever street fair fundraiser for the courthouse foundation
was a huge success Friday evening.
Climaxing a week of hard work by locals on the Mount Pulaski
Courthouse, a complete evening of entertainment was provided
live bands, Mount Pulaski Schools music instructor David Helm's
Fireside Relics and Mount Pulaski School teenage band Haircut Actual;
barbecued brats by Hilltop caterer Mike Richner, with help from the
Sons of the American Legion; fish fry by Buff's Restaurant owner
Lana Hebenstreit; an American Legion beer tent; snow cones; the
Balloon Lady; and Let's Dance DJ Service.
Hagenbaugh and his wife also provided an evening of fun for the
youngsters, with various games on the courthouse lawn.
state of Illinois ceased providing funding for the courthouse a few
years ago, so the not-for-profit 501(3)(c) Mount Pulaski Courthouse
Foundation has been established to solicit funding for the repair
and maintenance of the 1850s Illinois 8th Judicial Circuit
Courthouse, once the Logan County seat (1848-1855), where lawyers
Abraham Lincoln, Samuel Treat, Stephen A. Douglas, Judge David Davis
and others practiced law twice a year as they rode the 450-mile
circuit in the 1840s to the mid-1850s, when fewer county seats were
connected by rail service.
Pictures and text by Phil