Postville Courthouse, where Abraham Lincoln practiced law, hosts
1800s Craft Fair
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[August 12, 2010]
The annual 1800s Craft Fair at
Postville Courthouse State Historic Site, 914 Fifth St. in Lincoln,
will be held this year on Aug. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors to
the grounds of the historic courthouse where Abraham Lincoln
practiced law can take a step back in time and enjoy the talents and
skills that have been handed down from many generations before ours.
Many crafts will be presented, including rug hooking, rope
making, spinner-weaving, quilting, blacksmithing, broom making,
cabinetmaking, coopering, wool dyeing, candle dipping, paper
marbleizing and chair making. There will be an herbalist, an 1840s buckskinner, a live honey bee display and presentations of other
There is no admission charge.
Lincoln interpreters Gary and Carole Simpkins will be on hand for
the festivities, interpreting Lincoln in his early years as a
Period music all day will be provided by the Postville Express,
Chris Vallillo, Dale Evans, Steve Staley and Mark Mathewson, and
Courthouse tours will be conducted throughout the day. There is
no charge for the tours, but donations are accepted.
There will be a welcome tent and memorabilia, and some crafters
will sell their wares. Food will also be available on the grounds.
This site has lots of shade trees. The event is on the same weekend
as the Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival.
Postville Courthouse is an Illinois State Historic Site and is
staffed by a team of more than 40 dedicated volunteers, headed up by
volunteer coordinator Shirley Bartelmay. The site was recently
designated as an official Route 66 Roadside Attraction.
For more information, please call 217-737-0979 or 217-735-4977,
[Text from file received from
Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of