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Posted on: February 17, 2021

Washington County Historic Courthouse plans exhibit on archives, community invited to lend objects

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.

The aim of the exhibition is to focus on objects and documents in the archives and to share the stories they tell. Community members are invited to lend their own archival objects to the exhibit.

For more than 150 years, the Historic Courthouse has been a significant site in relation to government, law, justice, and historic importance. Since 1975, that tradition has been honored by collecting and preserving artifacts on or about the site. This exhibition will celebrate this legacy, reflected in the historic archive entitled “The Life of an Object: Stories, Meanings & Moments.” Learn how the artifacts 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. Exhibition sections will include the Washington County Jail, Sheriff’s Life and Family, the historic Courtroom, the historic building and offices, a vignette of the archive office, a children’s hands-on section, and a community collections “Show & Tell” area.

County residents may participate. Individual objects and small collections are sought as part of the exhibition, which will run June through December 2021. Do you have an object or collection with a unique or interesting history? Call or send an e-mail to the Historic Courthouse with information on what may be loaned for the exhibit. One to three objects may be presented alongside the exhibition for up to one month. Objects will rotate throughout the exhibition. Act soon, so that items and stories are collected by April 1. Contact the Historic Courthouse at 651-275-7075 or e-mail historiccourthouse@co.washington.mn.us. Further details may also be found at Historic Courthouse webpage.

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