Lincoln Heritage Museum celebrates
county’s 175th Anniversary
Living History, rare exhibit event to
raise funds for Postville, Mt. Pulaski Courthouses
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[October 27, 2014]
LINCOLN - The Lincoln Heritage Museum
will celebrate 175 years of Logan County history on Nov. 13 with a
living history presentation and special display of rare Logan County
artifacts. The event starts at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the
public. This special presentation commemorates the anniversary of
Logan County and recognizes the historic Postville and Mt. Pulaski
courthouse sites, which were integral to the heritage of Logan
County and are in need of funds to keep them operational. Donations
to support the preservation of the Postville and Mt. Pulaski
courthouses will be accepted at the event.
Noted and little-known Logan County residents who lived in
Abraham Lincoln’s era will be brought to life through living history
portrayals by local historical interpreters. The evening will
feature presentations of:
Lucy Evans, whose husband operated the ferry over Salt Creek
and whose farm later became the State Asylum (portrayed by Jean
Henry Hawes, a young Union soldier in the Civil War who often
corresponded with his family in Atlanta during the war (presented
by Lincoln College student Trevor Gauger).
John Frederick Boy, an early Logan County businessman who
lived in Postville and Lincoln and who rented out property as
housing for the poor (presented by Bill Donath).
Josephine Wodetzki, a woman who lived across the road from
Postville Courthouse when it served as the county seat and observed
courthouse days with Abraham Lincoln (presented by Lincoln
Heritage Museum Assistant Director Anne Moseley).
Captain Adam Bogardus, a resident of Elkhart who became a
world champion trap shooter, (depicted by Bob McCue).
Marie Shop Kaeselzier, a member of the Emden Civil War
Ladies’ Aid Society, (portrayed by Mary Ellen Martin).
Jabez Capps, a teacher, merchant and eventual co-founder of
Mount Pulaski (presented by Lincoln Heritage Museum Director Ron
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In addition to the first-person presentations, the following
Logan County documents and artifacts from Lincoln’s era will be
on display for that night only: one of the earliest known maps
of Logan County from 1839; recently discovered cartes-de-visite
from the 1860s—perhaps the earliest known photographs of people
and places in the city of Lincoln; and the first public showing
ever of a flag made by the ladies of Middletown for Abraham
Lincoln’s presidential campaign in 1860.
Logan County came into legal existence as a political division
of the State of Illinois in 1838 through a bill sponsored by
Abraham Lincoln, passed by the Illinois Legislature, and signed
by Gov. Thomas Carlin on Feb. 15, 1839.
For more information, contact the Lincoln Heritage Museum at
217-735-7399 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
[Tracy Bergin, Lincoln College via
Sarah Wallick, Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County]