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
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
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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
[Illinois Historic Preservation