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Local Courthouse Displays Art, Preserves Adair County History

Local Courthouse Displays Art, Preserves Adair County History

Historical photographs featuring people and locations throughout Adair County are on display in Judge Elizabeth Brown’s courtroom, inside the Adair County Courthouse.

Collaborative project brings historic information, photos, and art to the county’s central government building 

STILWELL, Okla. — Cherokee Nation Businesses and the Adair County Historical and Genealogical Association recently partnered to help preserve and promote local history at the Adair County Courthouse.

“The county is very appreciative of the artwork provided,” said Sam Chandler, chairman of the Adair County Commissioners. “The artwork portrays the history of our great county. We have visitors who come by just to see the photographs and art. We are proud to have again partnered with the Cherokee Nation on this project.”

The collaborative effort provided 28 restored, enlarged, matted and framed historical photographs from areas throughout Adair County, as well as 17 pieces of art to be displayed throughout the iconic courthouse building.

“A photo is a window into our lives,” said Sharon Treib, treasurer for the Adair County Historical and Genealogical Association. “Our volunteers were pleased to work with CNB to help display a treasure of historical photos depicting life in Adair County in such a prominent way at the county courthouse. We are thrilled that our digitization and data preservation efforts assisted in this project.”

CNB employees helped restore the photos, as well as provided nameplates with historical information and professional framing for each piece. The Adair County Historical and Genealogical Association provided archived photographs and reviewed historical information to ensure accuracy.

“This project has been a neat experience,” said Judge Jeff Payton. “If history is any indication, we’re going to be in this building with these for many years to come. We appreciate everything everyone has done for us and for Adair County.”

Located in Stilwell, the Adair County Courthouse building is a classically inspired art deco structure made of limestone, concrete, and steel. The fourth to serve as the county’s courthouse, the J.J. Harrelson-designed 1930s building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

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