Mount Pulaski Courthouse will celebrate Abraham Lincoln's birthday
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[January 22, 2014]
MOUNT PULASKI — Abraham
Lincoln's birthday will be celebrated on 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 mid-1800s.
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
Regular visiting hours at the historic courthouse are Tuesday
through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. The phone number is 217-792-3919.
[Text from file received from Phil