The Life of an Object: Stories, Meanings & Moments
June - December 2021
Join Washington County Parks to explore how an object may communicate ideas, values, and meaning with the exhibition “The Life of an Object: Stories, Meanings & Moments” opening at the Washington County Historic Courthouse in June 2021. Learn how the artifacts in the Historic Courthouse archives that have been preserved and collected through the years tell not only the story of the building itself, but are also a reflection of a time, people, and community. Curated by Dr. Megan Arney Johnston.
A special thanks to Amaya Nordos for designing the labels and Bayport Printing House.
Virtual Tour & Mystery Object Game
Enjoy a virtual tour of the exhibition and test your history knowledge with the Mystery Object Game!
The Washington County Historic Courthouse Through the Years: 1870 - Today
This exhibit showcases Historic Courthouse artifacts from 1870-1975, including antique office equipment, furniture, period clothing, a judge’s office display, and much more.
Rotating tabletop displays throughout the building feature the history of area events, Washington County and the City of Stillwater.
The Great Courthouse Debate
Within its 150-year history, the Historic Courthouse has had its share of debates, and not just in the courtroom. In the 1960’s the courthouse faced demolition during a debate on whether to build a new government center or add-on to the existing space. Saved by the community, the courthouse continued to be the focus of debates and discussion on its use, fundraising, restoration and its role as a historical landmark.
This exhibit examines the historic and contemporary issues and highlights the key questions posed to our community about how to bring the Historic Courthouse into the future, while preserving its past.