Historic county courthouses stand as iconic symbols of Arkansas’s development as a state, elegant testaments to justice and important sentries to the history of the state. Explore these relics in AETN original documentary "History on the Line: Preserving County Courthouses" premiering Thursday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m.
“History on the Line: Preserving County Courthouses” introduces unsung preservationists and architects who travel the state finding ways to rehabilitate a building or, at the very least, fix a leaky roof to save the precious records inside. Also featured are county judges who deal with the financial burden of the historic buildings’ maintenance needs.
The film visits the pristine, stately and recently restored Desha County courthouse in Arkansas City, shares stories from the record room in Madison County, and follows Mississippi County’s political and legal struggle over the viability of maintaining their split judicial district and their two historic county courthouses in Blytheville and Osceola. The documentary follows their struggles while telling stories of preservation and the importance of the historic county courthouses of Arkansas.
Counties featured in the film include Desha County, Madison County, Calhoun County and Mississippi County.
Catch a sneak peek at a free public screening of “History on the Line: Preserving County Courthouses” Sunday, March 17, at 3 p.m. at Ron Robinson Theater, Library Square, 100 River Market Ave., Little Rock, Arkansas.
Funding for “History on the Line: Preserving County Courthouses” was provided in part by the Arkansas Humanities Council, the Moving Image Trust and the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. Additional information is available at aetn.org/courthouses.
"History on the Line: Preserving County Courthouses" Screening
Sunday, March 17, 2019
Ron Robinson Theater
Library Square, 100 River Market Ave., Little Rock
March 21, 2019
"History on the Line: Preserving County Courthouses," 6:30 p.m.