The fun starts at noon, when Lincoln himself will greet visitors
for crafts, games, a scavenger hunt and one of Lincolnís favorite
desserts Ė apple pie with rum sauce. Cookies will also be available.
Then Lincolnís friend Mentor Graham will speak at 1:30. The New
Salem school teacher helped young Lincoln learn skills that allowed
him to become a surveyor, lawyer and ultimately president.
Graham will give visitors a taste of what it was like to learn in a
ďblabĒ school, where students noisily recited their lessons as a
group. Children will also be invited to write with a quill pen and
draw pictures on a slate just as students did in Lincolnís time.
Lincoln will be portrayed by Joe Woodward, who specializes in
interpreting Lincolnís Illinois years, when he was a lawyer and
politician who had not yet grown his famous beard.
Mentor Graham will be portrayed by Charles Starling, who has been
interpreting Graham for nearly 30 years, including 20 years at
Lincolnís New Salem State Historic Site. He will be greeted by Mount
Pulaski resident Jeane Duff Connolley, the real-life Grahamís
great-great-granddaughter, and her two daughters.
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The apple pie is being donated by Hilltop Catering.
Mt. 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
The site is operated by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. IHPA protects
the stateís historic resources, which contribute to education, culture and the
economy. IHPA sites include ancient burial mounds, forts and buildings erected
by settlers, and homes connected to famous Illinoisans.
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