2015 farewell to lost loved ones
Mount Pulaski Courthouse hosts ceremony Dec. 31 for those who died over the last year

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[December 28, 2015]   MOUNT PULASKI - The Mount Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site will say goodbye to 2015 by remembering every member of the community who died over the past year.

The names of the deceased will be read from the courthouse steps at 7 p.m. on Dec. 31. After each name, the bell on the historic site’s lawn will toll a single time.

This is the sixth year for the remembrance ceremony.

“Each year, as the names are read, we know that those people were not only moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters, but they were also our friends and neighbors,” said Tom Martin, chairman of the Mount Pulaski Courthouse Foundation. “All of them were integral to our community and part of what makes our hometown special.”

After the ceremony, everyone is invited to warm up with coffee, hot chocolate and cookies at the foundation office, across the street from the courthouse.

The list of about 75 names which will be read is posted at

Built in 1848, the Mount Pulaski Courthouse is one of two remaining sites where Abraham Lincoln practiced as a lawyer traveling the 8th Judicial Circuit. It is now operated by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.

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Mount Pulaski Courthouse Foundation was established in 2011 to care for the building and plan special events. For more information, visit

The site is open noon-4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. There is no charge for admission.

[Illinois Historic Preservation Agency]

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