Special Events
in and around Logan County

Porsche Charity Car Show Aug. 25
at Postville Courthouse

Fine sports cars from the 1950s to the present will be on display during the Lincoln Trail Porsche Club Charity Car Show scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Postville Courthouse State Historic Site at 914 Fifth St. in Lincoln. This is the third time for the event, which is free and open to the public, and is part of the Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival.

About 20 of the famous German-made cars will be displayed, from the model 356 of the 1950s to the model 996 of today. At 3:15 Lincoln Mayor Beth Davis will choose her three favorite Porsches, which will receive Mayor's Choice plaques courtesy of Neal Tire and Auto Service, NAPA Auto Parts and Burwell Oil Service, all of Lincoln.

During the event there will be a display of scale models inside Postville Courthouse. The display will contain scale versions of Porsche production cars from the 356 through the 914 and 944 to the current Boxster and 996. Scale models marking Porsche's 16 victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans will also be displayed. These include the early 917s through the all-conquering 956/962 to the last Porsche 911 GTI.


Refreshments will be available. The Lincoln Trail Porsche Club Charity Car Show is sponsored by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, which administers Postville Courthouse, and the Lincoln Trail Porsche Club. Funding is provided by the Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County.



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Proceeds from the event will be used to purchase and plant native hardwood trees in the Postville Courthouse yard. The planting is part of a long-range program to have the yard feature only trees native to Illinois in the mid-1800s. Over the years, the Lincoln Trail Porsche Club has raised funds to plant five trees at Postville Courthouse.

Postville Courthouse State Historic Site is a reproduction of the first Logan County Courthouse, which was used from 1840 to 1847. It was a stop on the 8th Judicial Circuit, playing host to Abraham Lincoln and his fellow lawyers as they traveled on horseback between courthouses to handle legal cases. Postville Courthouse is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. for free public tours, although a donation of $2 for adults and $1 for children is suggested.

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Illinois Historic Preservation Agency]

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Special Events Calendar

August 2001

Aug. 10-19
WHO: Public
WHAT: Illinois State Fair

WHERE: Illinois State Fairground, Springfield

Aug. 24-26
WHO: Public
WHAT: Lincoln Art and Balloon Festival

WHERE: Logan County Fairgrounds and downtown

Saturday, Aug. 25
SPONSOR: Lincoln Park District
WHAT: Sky's the Limit 5K run

WHERE: Lincoln Park District

Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25 and 26
SPONSOR: Lincoln Junior Woman's Club
WHAT: Art fair hospitality suite; food served

WHERE: Lincoln Women's Building, 230 N. McLean (across from Latham Park)
WHEN: 9 am - 4 pm Saturday; 9 am - 3 pm Sunday

WHO: Public
WHAT: 1800s Craft Fair

WHERE: Postville Courthouse State Historic Site
WHEN: 10 am - 4 pm



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September 2001

Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 6-8
WHO: Public
WHAT: Atlanta Fall Festival

WHERE: Atlanta

Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 6-8
WHO: Public
WHAT: Mount Pulaski Fall Festival

WHERE: Mount Pulaski

Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8 and 9
SPONSOR: Cedar Creek
WHAT: Cedar Creek Antique & Crafts Festival

WHERE: Logan County Fairgrounds
WHEN: 9 am - 5 pm Saturday; 9 am - 4 pm Sunday

Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15 and 16
WHO: Public
WHAT: Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Contest and Crafts Festival

WHERE: Logan County Fairgrounds
WHEN: 9:30 am - 4 pm Saturday; 10 am - 3 pm Sunday

SPONSOR: Clark's Greenhouse Herbal and Country Garden
WHAT: Herb Fest and Fall Harvest Market; (309) 247-3679

WHERE: San Jose


Sites to See

Heritage In Flight Museum open on weekends

A little-known historical site full of large and small treasures sits on the outskirts of town on the Logan County Airport property. The Heritage In Flight Museum building itself is a part of history. It is a remnant of Camp Ellis, located west of Havana, which was the largest military training and prisoner-of-war camp in the United States during World War II. After the war the camp was closed and the buildings were sold. Logan County Airport is fortunate to have one of the few remaining structures from Camp Ellis.

Several historic items are found outside at the airport, including the rotating beacon, the green-and-white light that identifies the airport location to pilots flying at night. Before being moved to Logan County Airport, it was part of the lighted airway system that the airmail pilots in the 1920s used to navigate at night. The one that now resides here was originally located between Lincoln and Atlanta and provided a bright signal for Charles Lindbergh when he flew the airmail route between St. Louis and Chicago.

While outside you can also view a number of aircraft that are on display from various time periods.

Moving to the inside, you find that the Heritage in Flight Museum is filled with items of aviation history from the military and civilian branches of flying and from the earliest days of open-cockpit biplanes to the latest jets. Veterans who reside in Logan County have donated much of what the museum has. Families from the community have donated items that belonged to our war heroes, revealing special sentiments, symbolism and forgotten practices that held a community together in war times. Other items offer a look at early technology such as the airplane and ship radios. Of the thousands of items in the museum, each can be said to teach us something about our past. Visitors can relive history through the numerous displays, mostly grouped in wartime periods, and gain a strong sense of patriotism while studying military displays throughout the building.

A guided tour is recommended to get the most from these displays. The volunteers are both knowledgeable and passionate about their subject matter and will bring to light little-known nuances that make the displays fascinating.

The museum is always interested in adding items of aviation history. Its greatest need, however, is for more volunteers to help in the guardianship of this important gateway to Lincoln and Logan County.

The museum requires lots of care and maintenance. Members are always looking for interested people of all ages to help care for it, share their interests and preserve a bit of aviation history.

Heritage In Flight Museum is operated by an all-volunteer, non-profit organization: Heritage-In-Flight, Inc. You are invited to come meet the members and sit in on their meetings anytime. Meetings take place at 1 p.m. the first Saturday of each month in the terminal meeting room.

The museum is a great resource to educate our youth about our aeronautical and military past and shares the wealth of military traditions from a community and national perspective. Schools, youth groups and families are welcome.

Heritage in Flight Museum

1351 Airport Road, Lincoln

Open Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Phone: (217) 732-3333

Call the airport and leave a message to request a guided tour, schedule a time during the week or ask for more information.

You can read more about HIF from the archives of LDN. Go to: http://archives.lincolndailynews.com/2001/Feb/15/comunity/business.shtml#Logan County is host to a unique museum rich in special military stories and treasures


Logan County historical landmarks


J. H. Hawes wooden country elevator. Open Sunday afternoons June through August. Free.

Atlanta Public Library and Museum. On National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1908. Comer of Race and Arch. Phone (217) 648-2112. Free.


Monument proclaims the geographic center of the state of Illinois. Town was laid out in 1872.


Elkhart Cemetery. Richard J. Oglesby, who was elected governor of Illinois in 1864, 1872 and 1884, is buried here; also John Dean Gillett, known as the "Cattle King of the World," and Capt. Adam Bogardus, wing shot champion of the world. For tours of the cemetery and John Dean Gillett Chapel, please phone (217) 947-2238.


Bethel Church. Built in 1854. Three miles from Route 136 between Emden and Atlanta on County Road 20.


Site of Deskin's Tavern. Across the street from Postville Courthouse, 915 Fifth St. Signage. Free.

Site of well Abraham Lincoln drank from. Across the street from Postville Courthouse, 915 Fifth St. Free.

Site of town christening by Abraham Lincoln on Aug. 27, 1853. Lincoln was the first community in the United States to be named for Abraham Lincoln before he became famous. Also, Lincoln's funeral train stopped here on May 3,1865. Located at the south side of the Lincoln Depot, Broadway and Chicago streets. Official Looking for Lincoln signage. Free.

Logan County Courthouse. Contains second-largest courtroom in Illinois. Built in 1905. Located on the courthouse square, downtown Lincoln. Open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; Saturday until noon. Phone (217) 732-6400. Free.

Lincoln College Museum. Over 3,000 historic items. Lincoln College was founded and named for President Lincoln on Feb. 12, 1865. Keokuk and Ottawa streets. Summer hours: 9 to 4 Monday through Friday; 1 to 4 Saturday and Sunday; closed May 28 and July 4. Free.

Heritage In Flight Museum. Museum is filled with memorabilia from all U.S. military conflicts back to World War I. Located at the Logan County Airport. Phone ahead (217) 732-3333 to confirm hours. Free but donations accepted.

Lincoln Public Library. Original Carnegie library built in 1902. Tiffany-style glass inner dome. 725 Pekin St. Open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 9 to 6; Saturday, 9 to 3. Phone (217) 732-8878. Free.

Postville Courthouse State Historic Site. Guided tours. 914 Fifth St. Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Ph. (217) 732-8930 for additional information. Free but donations accepted.


Stage Coach Inn. The inn was on the old stage route from Springfield to Peoria. Built mid 1800s. Village is also famous for its aeronautical history. Free.

Mount Pulaski

Mount Pulaski Courthouse. This building is one of only two original 8th Judicial Circuit courthouses in Illinois. On National Register of Historic Places. Was Logan County Courthouse from 1847 to 1855. Guided tours. Open 12 to 5 Tuesday through Saturday. Phone (217) 732-8930. Free.





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