Pulaski Courthouse will celebrate Abraham Lincoln's birthday Feb. 8
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MOUNT PULASKI — Abraham
Lincoln's birthday will be celebrated on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Mount
Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site, where Abraham Lincoln, Judge David
Davis, Samuel Treat, Billy Herndon, Stephen A. Douglas and others rode by
horseback and horse and buggy to bring the court of law to this Logan County
seat venue (1848-1855). The Mount Pulaski two-story brick courthouse, an
example of early Greek Revival architecture, is one of only two remaining
structures from the once 15-courthouse Illinois 8th Judicial Circuit of the
The featured speaker at 10 a.m. will
be Barbara Stroud-Borth, who will portray Sarah Wakefield, a captive
of Sioux Indians in the Dakota conflict in Minnesota in 1862.
Abraham Lincoln became involved in the final resolution of the
conflict, displaying his sense of justice.
Portrayers of Abraham and Mary
Lincoln will be on hand at 9:30 a.m., when the courthouse opens with
coffee and refreshments. Servings of Mary Todd Lincoln's traditional
cake will be provided, along with other refreshments, until 3:30
p.m. Children's crafts and games will begin at 10 a.m. and last
until 2 p.m. A variety of materials will be available for making
Abraham Lincoln cards and valentines. A staff of volunteer docents
will be on hand to provide tours throughout the day.
The speaker, Stroud-Borth, is a
retired pastor who lives in Mount Pulaski. She did her pastoral
internship on a Lakota reservation in South Dakota and served two
congregations in South Dakota for 6 1/2 years. Her second parish was
in southwestern Minnesota. In all those places, she learned bits and
pieces of the conflict between whites and Indians and President
Lincoln's involvement, even as the Civil War raged in the South. In
her words: "This story is not well-known in Illinois. I want to
share it here, and portraying Sarah Wakefield is a way to do that."
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There will be an exhibit of some
books, pictures and craft items collected during Stroud-Borth's year
on the Lower Brule Reservation.
Regular visiting hours at the
historic courthouse are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. The
phone number is 217-792-3919.