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[June 22, 2011]
PULASKI -- The upcoming 175th anniversary of
the founding of Mount Pulaski is filled with
activities and events. There also is a huge
program of varied music planned for the
Fourth of July weekend. Mount Pulaskians
enjoy their music, and that enjoyment goes
back as far as the town itself.
Mount Pulaski can lay claim to Abraham
Lincoln visiting the town and courthouse
while a lawyer with the 8th Judicial
Circuit, that isn't the only note of history
the residents can lay claim to.
The European immigrants to the town and
countryside -- mostly German -- brought
their music and love for music with them and
have provided Mount Pulaski with both
instrumental and choir appreciation since
As far back as 1856, the Bloomington
Pantagraph reported that a brass band from
Mount Pulaski was in Atlanta playing for
Abraham Lincoln's support speech and fanfare
for Col. John C. Fremont for the U.S.
presidency that year (old Whigs, then a
In 1869, Judge Lawrence B. Stringer in
his "1911 History of Logan County, Illinois"
wrote on Page 208 that a Mount Pulaski band
led the celebration procession to Latham
Park in Lincoln on the day the Civil War
marble stature was dedicated on the
courthouse lawn. Richard Oglesby was the
Mount Pulaski is currently on their third
bandstand on their courthouse lawn, with the
community band playing their summer concerts
as they have for decades and decades past.
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The second floor of the town's historical
museum is full of photos and info about
their music over the years and is well worth
In the event you also love live music,
then a visit to Mount Pulaski over the July
4 holiday weekend will be a must.