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Costume Ladies to perform Sunday at 1800s Craft Fair

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[August 23, 2013]  Crafters in period costume will gather on the grounds of the historic Postville Courthouse State Historic Site on Sunday for the annual 1800s Craft Fair.

The free, family-oriented event will offer demonstrations of phrenology, kachina doll making, chair making, coopering and other woodworking skills, herbal arts, and fiber arts such as spinning, weaving and silk ribbon embroidery.

The Costume Ladies will present programs on the first floor of the courthouse at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. The first floor is handicapped-accessible.

During the morning program, the women will show how a Civil War woman might have taken an "everyday" dress and transformed it into an evening gown, using the materials she had on hand.

At 2 p.m., they will present a skit, "The Two Marys." One woman will portray Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of the 16th president, and the other will take on the persona of Mary Surratt, who was hanged for plotting against Mr. Lincoln.

Abraham and Mary Lincoln, portrayed by Gary and Carol Simpkins, will mingle with guests.

Tours of Postville Courthouse will also be offered.

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Period music will be played on the grounds throughout the day.

Face painting will be offered for children.

Food will be available for purchase from the Lincoln Kiwanis Club, and some of the crafters will offer their wares for sale.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday at the courthouse at 914 Fifth St.

The 1800s Craft Fair is co-sponsored by Postville Courthouse State Historic Site, Lincoln's Logan County Arts and Crafts Guild, and the Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County. For more information, call the tourism bureau at 217-732-8687.

[Text from file received from Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County]

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