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Christmas open house Dec. 6 at Postville

To feature rocking chair used by Abraham Lincoln

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[November 21, 2008]  A rocking chair used by Abraham Lincoln will join period holiday decorations, music and sweets during the Christmas open house scheduled for Dec. 6, noon-4 p.m., at Postville Courthouse State Historic Site, 914 Fifth St. in Lincoln. The event is free and open to the public.

When Lincoln was riding the 8th Judicial Circuit between Springfield and Charleston, he often stayed with his friend Illinois state Sen. Maldon Jones. Lincoln's favorite chair when visiting Jones was a rocker that will be displayed at Postville Courthouse during the Dec. 6 event.

The courthouse will be decorated in the simple but beautiful style of the mid-1800s, and its Christmas tree will feature prairie dolls, wooden decorations and grapevines. Tour guides will explain the ornaments on the tree and how they were crafted in the 1840s.

At 1 and 2 p.m., Lincoln historian Guy Fraker will talk about Lincoln in Logan County. His presentations will be in the historic upstairs courtroom.

Period music by the Postville Express, featuring John Sutton, Manny Gaston and others, will fill the historic building. Musician and storyteller Mike Anderson will also perform.

Abraham and Mary Lincoln impersonators will greet visitors as they arrive.

Cake and fruit punch will be served.

The site will have 300 feet of decorations along the log fence again this year.

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Postville Courthouse State Historic Site is administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. It is a reproduction of the first Logan County Courthouse, in use from 1840 to 1847. Abraham Lincoln practiced law in the original wooden structure while riding the 8th Judicial Circuit.

Postville Courthouse is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon-4 p.m., for free public tours, and donations are accepted. For more information, call 217-737-0979 or 217-735-4977.

[Text from Illinois Historic Preservation Agency file received from the Illinois Office of Communication and Information]

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