Postville Courthouse to host 1800's Craft
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[August 21, 2014]
LINCOLN - Everything from growing and
using herbs to the ancient art of phrenology will be demonstrated
during the 1800s Craft Fair scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday,
Aug. 24, at Postville Courthouse State Historic Site, during the
Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival.
Gary and Carol Simpkins of Heyworth, in the guise of Abraham and
Mary Todd Lincoln, will greet and chat with guests throughout the
day and will pose for photos.
The family-friendly event offers a view of skills practiced by
craftspeople during the 1800s, with many participants offering items
for sale. Food will be available for purchase on the grounds and
Postville Courthouse will be open for tours. Period music will be
provided throughout the day by the Prairie Aires.
Other demonstrations will include Windsor chair making, quilting and
handwork, silk ribbon embroidery, crocheting, rug making, weaving
and wood carving.
Participating organizations include the Logan County Genealogical
and Historical Society, Quilters at Heart of Lincoln, the Christian
County Quilt Guild and Lincolnís Logan County Arts and Crafts Guild.
Due to reorganization of the events held in conjunction with
Lincolnís annual Art & Balloon Festival, this is the last year the
craft fair will be held on the grounds of Postville Courthouse
during that festival. The 2015 craft fair will be combined with the
2015 Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival. Craftspeople
who wish to participate in the 2015 festival should visit
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The 2014 craft fair is sponsored by Postville Courthouse
State Historic Site, Lincolnís Logan County Arts and Crafts
Guild and the Logan County tourism bureau. Postville Courthouse
is located at 914 Fifth Street. There is no charge for admission
to the craft fair.
[Text prepared by NANCY SAUL,
delivered by LINCOLN LOGAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE]