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New Herald News: Mt.Pulaski Community Choir to present "Christmas Canticles" Dec. 17

The Lincoln Courier: The Mount Pulaski Community Choir will be presenting its’ annual Holiday Program <-- click here
Mt. Pulaski Community Choir  &  Community Band . . .
 on Sunday, December 17, 2017, 4 PM
at the Mt. Pulaski
Christian Church
[N. Washington St.]
The thirty-plus chorus with  a 15-member orchestra
 will be presenting “Christmas Canticles”,
a cantata of traditional carols divided into four suites.

This concert is free and open to the public.
Please join us for an hour of all your favorite Christmas music in one place.


Mount Pulaski celebrates the holiday with 2nd Annual Lighted Christmas Parade <-- click here

Mount Pulaski Christmas Parade a delightful event on a cold winter night <-- LDN slideshow

Santa makes annual visit to the MP Courthouse <-- LDN slideshow


MT. PULASKI - Residents gathered on the Mt. Pulaski square to celebrate the 2nd Annual Lighted Christmas Parade ---Santa arrived in his traditional Hilltopper fashion via firetruck, sitting for visits with children in the historic Mt. Pulaski courthouse. The Mt. Pulaski Courthouse Foundation provided refreshments during Santa's visit. <-- New Herald News Slideshow & Report

LDN REPORT #1:  Historic Mount Pulaski Courthouse comes alive with Christmas festivities
Highlights of the evening include Tree lighting ceremony, Christmas Carolers, Holly Jolly Christmas Tree Auction

LDN REPORT #2:  Mount Pulaski community welcomes the Christmas Season - slideshow





Fraker said that between the two courthouses, "he finds the Mount Pulaski building the most desirable historically because it is still all original". He said the Metamora Courthouse is wonderful, and there is a really good museum on the ground floor, and the original courthouse on the second floor. He said while the museum is really nice, it takes away from the originality of the building. At Mount Pulaski, "when one walks in the front door, they immediately feel the history and see the courthouse as Lincoln himself would have seen in in the days of the circuit".

15 Nov., LDN: Guests at Mount Pulaski Courthouse enjoy hearing Guy Fraker talk about his new book

Trick-or-Treaters brave cold for Mount Pulaski's Trunk-or-Treat


<-- click on photos >

Author Ben Mikaelsen teaches Mt. Pulaski students to be author of their own lives ... "helps kids break out of labels and discover their own special genius." His messages provide a "Bully-Free stance" with an "impact on children and adults alike."   <-- click here

Jules Floral Shop opens in Mount Pulaski <-- click here for more
Offering bright citrus colors and a variety of floral scents the residents of Mount Pulaski now have a new floral shop opening on the East side of the square.
 Jules Floral Shop, 125 S. LaFayette St., in Mount Pulaski is the result of the creative drive of owner Julie Mason.       
Logan County 4-H member, Lukas Aylesworth, of the Topper 4-H Club in Mount Pulaski was named the overall champion of the Illinois State Fair Master showmanship contest held on August 11th. A total of 56 outstanding livestock exhibitors competed in the Illinois State Fair competition with Lukas taking the title of "2017 Overall Master Showman”.

[for more, go to -->newherald.news/lukas-aylesworth]
19 June, 2017 LDN: MOUNT PULASKI - Kathleen Tarrant & Anna Beckers were recognized at the close of this past school year for Mount Pulaski Grade School as Educator of the Quarter & Support Staff of the Semester, respectively.
Mt. Pulaski Memorial Day 2017
30 May, 2017 New HeraldNews:  MEMORIAL DAY 2017 - MOUNT PULASKI <-- click here for report & slide shows by Rob Siebert & NHS Staff
  30 May, 2017 2017 LDN: Memorial Day Observance at Mount Pulaski Cemetery <-- click here for LDN slide show
30 May, 2017 LDN: Colonel William Lee Wheeler of the Army National Guard focus on the sacrifice of soldiers and their families <-- click here
 30 May, 2017 2017 LDN: Memorial Day Observance at Mount Pulaski Cemetery <-- click here for LDN slide show
30 May, 2017 LDN: Colonel William Lee Wheeler of the Army National Guard focus on the sacrifice of soldiers and their families <-- click here

                  MT. PULASKI Rte. 121 Avenue of Flags                                                                         MT. PULASKI AL Post 447 – MT. PULASKI VFW Post 777 RIFLE SQUAD / HONOR GUARD Detail


Mt. Pulaski Cub Scouts – Mt. Pulaski BSA Troup 122 – Mt. Pulaski Phoenix Fire Dept.

      This Mt. Pulaski Township High School WWII USA Military Service Board was constructed by Herbert Stivers (Industrial Arts Teacher), and the letter printing was expertly done by graduating senior, Paul Fuhrer (class of 1944).  One glaring mistake:  the board says “Men” when it should say “Men & Women” - the very first name being that of Pauline E. Bender, who served as a US Army Nurse during WWII.  Also, Norma Gulso Miller and Katherine L. Allspach need to be placed on this board and perhaps others.   Over the years, several names have fallen off – those of Julian T. Sams, Clarence Frazier, Emmett Shellhammer, Everett Maxheimer, etc. 


       Note that the board has numbers to the right of each name which indicate the graduation year.  Also note that several students did not complete graduation but nevertheless served our country.  Thus, graduation was not a requirement to be placed on this board – only MPTHS attendance and service in WWII.  For example, Vernon Voelker turned 18 during his senior year, having missed a year of school due to a child-hood illness.  Unfortunately, Vernon was yanked out of school by our Logan County Draft Board, much to the chagrin and protest by MPTHS Principal, Lloyd Hargis.   Finally, stars indicate the KIA’s, some of which have fallen off.

NOTE:  This WWII Honor Roll board was prominently on display in the old MPTHS gym entrance for many years.
It is now in storage, waiting for someone (s) to renovate, up-date and display once again.

26 May, 2017 LDN: Mount Pulaski High School celebrates 105th Annual Commencement Ceremony
10 students represented the Mount Pulaski FCCLA Chapter at the Illinois State Leadership Conference in Springfield
< click here for LDN article >
19 May, 2017 LDN: Mt. Pulaski HS 2017 Graduation
 Sat., 20 May, 2017 - 4 pm

Valedictorian - Elijah Olson

Salutatorian - Zachary Drake

8 May, 2017 LDN: The Mount Pulaski High School Prom all glitz & glam

 with 'Diamonds are Forever' <--

17 May, 2017 LDN: Mount Pulaski H S Honors Night Recognitions


The new mayor of Mount Pulaski, Jim Cole, is pictured in the middle surrounded by new Alderman Aaron Palmquist and new City Treasurer Tricia Aylesworth. All three were sworn in at City Hall during new business conducted at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Mayor Cole has lived in Mount Pulaski for four-and-a-half years. He previously lived in Springfield. Mayor Cole said he is “excited and ready for the opportunity” to serve Mount Pulaski.


5-10-16LDN: Photo by Teena Lowery

17 Apr., 2017 LDN:  On April 18 and 19, a total of 120 volunteers from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library will journey to Mount Pulaski to experience the Mount Pulaski Courthouse - a State Historic Site, and the Mount Pulaski Historical Museum.

25 Apr., 2017 LDN Report:  ALPLM Volunteers learn Mt. Pulaski History at on-site workshops    <-- click here

MPTHS Member Darrell Knauer explaining the 1854 Cast Iron
Tombstone Trial to the ALPLM Volunteers

LDN: 10 April, 2017 Nathan and his wife Elizabeth of Chestnut run a business
(Sasse Apirary) http://www.sassesapiary.com/ supplying a variety of honey products to all of central Illinois.  <-- click here
                  15 Mar., 2017 LDN:  
The 2017 Class 7-2A State Champions -

The Mount Pulaski Honeybears

Mount Pulaski defeated Mason City Illini Central in three sets Tuesday night to win the state championship. After losing the first set 25-19 the Honeybears bounced back to take set two 25-20. Set three was anybody’s ballgame as the two teams battled back and forth to rest at a 16-16 tie before the Honeybears took charge and were able to pull off the 25-18 win.

LDN Report <-- click here

<--click for larger photo
      MPHS Boy's Varsity Scores 
22 Mar., 2017 LDN: Mount Pulaski High School Drama Club presented ...
"The Almost Totally True Story of Hansel and Gretel”  <-- click here for re-cap
9 Mar., 2017 New Herald News:
A somewhat fractured fairy tale

comes to Mt. Pulaski

 Mar. 10 & 11  <-- click here for more
March 9, 2017 – On Friday and Saturday evenings, March 10-11,
 the Mt. Pulaski Drama Club presents
The Almost Totally True Story of Hansel and Gretel 
at the Mount Pulaski Family Life Center,
115 N. Washington Street.

Doors open at 6:00 PM, show time is 7:00 PM. Admission is $5.00.
{photos courtesy of Rob Seibert}​

7 Mar., 2017 LDN: Class 7-2A Girls Volleyball: Mount Pulaski girls state bound in girls volleyball ... The Honeybears wasted no time taking care of business by winning the Sectional Championship 25-12 and 25-6 over Decatur Hope.

Mount Pulaski (13-4) advances to Saturday’s state tournament and will
 play Mansfield Blue Ridge IJHS (24-1) at 10 a.m. at Decatur LSA

15 Feb., 2017 LDN:  Interpreters bring Abraham Lincoln days to life

in Mount Pulaski Courthouse

13 Feb., 2017 The Courier:
Birthday celebration offers lesson in history at the Mount Pulaski Courthouse





- re-enacted by Charles Starling at Mt. Pulaski Courthouse


in  Springfield,  IL.

 - re-enacted by Joe Woodard

13 Feb., 2017 New Herald News: Professional re-enactor, Joe Woodard, as Abraham Lincoln, welcomed visitors at the door. Woodward specializes in portraying lawyer Lincoln’s Illinois years.  Charles Starling portrayed Mentor Graham, the New Salem school teacher who assisted in teaching Lincoln the skills that allowed him to become a surveyor, attorney, and eventually president. Graham demonstrated a 19th century “blab” school – usually a one-room schoolhouse – where students recited their lessons out loud, either individually or as a chorus in a group. Children were also given an opportunity to write using a quill and ink pot, as well as with chalk upon a slate lapboard, just as they did during Lincoln’s youth.  Starling has portrayed Graham for nearly 30 years, 20 of them spent at Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site.  Mt. Pulaski resident, Jeane Duff Connolley, the real-life Graham’s great-great-granddaughter and her two daughters (Jane Connolley Pharis and Ann Connolley Olson, along with their families) welcomed him to the party.  <-- click here


Lincoln’s Birthday Celebration at Mt. Pulaski Courthouse on Feb 11

28 Jan., 2017 Herald News:  Mount Pulaski Courthouse to celebrate
 Lincoln's birthday with visit from his teacher
<-- click here

     Charles Starling, of Springfield, Ill will portray Mentor Graham who was Lincoln’s teacher at New Salem. He will be greeted by three descendants of the Mentor Graham who lived at New Salem in  the 1830’s and 1840’s: Jeane Duff Connolley, her daughters, Jane Connolley Pharis  & Ann Connolley Olson.  The program will begin with a greeting from Abraham Lincoln at 1:15, followed by Starling’s portrayal of Mentor Graham.  He will share the experience of a “blab” school and tell about Abraham Lincoln as a student even though he was already an adult when he moved to New Salem.

      Several children’s activities will be available from noon to 3:30.  Abe’s Apple Pie with Rum Sauce and cookies will be served from Noon to 4 p.m.

15 Jan., 2017 LDN: A party for Mr. Lincoln on Feb. 11


25 Jan., 2017 LDN:  Lincubate looks to make Lincoln IL. a technology hotbed - founded by

1997 Mt. Pulaski HS graduate, Clint Pollock  <-- click here
"...aiming to enable the people of Logan County with technology skills
 they can use to get high paying, rewarding jobs related to technology."

25 Jan., 2017 Herald News:  Technology incubator launches in Lincoln <-- click here


25 Jan., '17 LDN: Mt. Pulaski volleyball standout Alexandra Beckers

 makes it official & signs with Lake Land

24 Jan., 2017 LDN: Mount Pulaski honors the 1936 and 1976 state basketball teams

January 18, 2017 Herald News:  Jeff Martin, owner and operator of Martin Family Farms, received the title of
No-Till Legend on Thursday, January 12, 2017.

The 25th Anniversary National No-Tillage Conference was held in St. Louis, MO., Jan. 10-13
13 Jan., 2017 LDN: MOUNT PULASKI - A group of students from Mount Pulaski and Costa Rico
came together Saturday night for a welcome dinner in the basement of the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.  Mount Pulaski students and their families are now hosting the Costa Ricans, or Ticos
as they call themselves, as part of an exchange between the two schools.
12 Jan., 2017 Hearld News: Mt. Pulaski wind energy project
gets new lease on life...

23 Dec., LDN: Mount Pulaski's wind farm project to be pushed forward under new ownership <-- click here
3 Jan., 2017 LDN: Grunder named Educator of the Quarter at Mt. Pulaski HS

4 Jan., 2016 Lincoln Daily News:   Flooding:  Mt. Pulaski, Lincoln, Beason, Lake Fork, Elkhart, etc.

Looking toward Mt. Pulaski from the south as Rte. 121 goes around the east side and meets Rte. 54

click here --> Flooding of Logan County   x
 (aerial photos by Jan Youngquist of Lincoln Daily News; Curt Fox - pilot) 


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