Celebrating Abraham Lincoln's birthday in Mount Pulaski
'Fox' Ellis to portray William Herndon, Lincoln's law partner
9, at Mount Pulaski Courthouse
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[January 18, 2013]
PULASKI -- On Feb. 9 at 11 a.m., William Herndon, Abraham
Lincoln's law partner, will be portrayed in Mount Pulaski by
acclaimed storyteller, author and educator Brian "Fox" Ellis, from
Peoria. This is a rare opportunity to enjoy a unique look at Abraham
Lincoln through the eyes of his law partner.
Everyone is invited to attend this remarkable portrayal in the Mount
Pulaski Courthouse courtroom, where Abraham Lincoln, Judge David
Davis, Stephen A. Douglas, Leonard Swett, William Herndon and other
lawyers who traveled by horse and buggy in the mid-1800s Illinois
8th Judicial Circuit heard cases in the Logan County seat of Mount
Pulaski (1848-1855), an Illinois Historic Site since 1936.
Complimentary servings of Mary Todd Lincoln's cake will be provided
throughout the day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In the afternoon from 1 to 3:30, there will be multiple
activities for children. Craft supplies will be available for making
cards, bookmarks and pictures for Lincoln's Birthday or Valentine's
Day. There will also be an Abraham Lincoln scavenger hunt.
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The previous day, Feb. 8, two other historic individuals associated
with Abraham Lincoln will be portrayed by Ellis at the Mount Pulaski
schools. For students of the Mount Pulaski Grade School and Zion
Lutheran School, Mr. Ellis will portray Austin Gulihur, one of
Lincoln's boyhood friends. Fourth-graders will begin the morning
program with a presentation of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. In the
afternoon, for the Mount Pulaski High School, Ellis will portray
American poet Walt Whitman, who was a contemporary of Lincoln and
wrote poems in praise of him soon after the president's
The funding for these events has come from the Tomlinson Trust, the
Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County and the Mount Pulaski
Courthouse Foundation. Mary Todd Lincoln's cake will be donated by
Hilltop Catering of Mount Pulaski.
[Text from file received from Phil Bertoni]