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CONWAY -- A new film that explores the history of the state's courthouses, "History on the Line: Preserving County Courthouses," will premier on the Arkansas Educational Television Network on 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," a news release said.

"The state is fortunate that the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program has helped to restore 79 historic county courthouses since a grant system was put in place to support restoration needs," AETN Executive Director Courtney Pledger said in the release. "The community pride and local history these structures represent cannot be lost to disrepair."

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, the release said.

Counties featured in the film include Desha, Madison, Calhoun and Mississippi.

A free public screening of "History on the Line: Preserving County Courthouses" will be held Sunday, March 17, at 3 p.m. at Ron Robinson Theater, Library Square, 100 River Market Ave., in Little Rock.

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

Entertainment on 03/13/2019

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