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Calendar celebrates iconic Kansas courthouses

This photo of the Douglas County Courthouse is included in Sara Aufdemberge's 2009 calendar featuring courthouses in Kansas.

This photo of the Douglas County Courthouse is included in Sara Aufdemberge's 2009 calendar featuring courthouses in Kansas.

November 2, 2008

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Sara Aufdemberge used to love the courthouse in her hometown of Fredonia, in southeast Kansas.

But time took its toll on the old building, and the county tore it down in favor of a new structure.

Still today, a passion for old Victorian-style courthouses remains for Aufdemberge. She has released her second calendar featuring Kansas courthouses in that style, and this time it includes the Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Mass.

"I consider it a celebration of these courthouses," Aufdemberge says.

The Douglas County Courthouse was designed by John G. Haskell and opened in 1905. Haskell also designed what is perhaps the most famous courthouse in Kansas, the Chase County Courthouse in Cottonwood Falls.

Aufdemberge's creation is a desk calendar, made of cards presented inside a plastic case. Each has a photo of a Kansas courthouse on the front, with historical and architectural information about the courthouse.

Aufdemberge, a retired high school librarian who lives in Auburn, south of Topeka, found her love for photography in retirement. The project has taken her throughout the state on a quest to photograph courthouses.

"These little towns are so proud of their courthouses," she says. "That's the fun thing about it."

Copies of the calendar are available at The Raven Bookstore, 8 E. Seventh St. The calendar includes a CD that includes images of the courthouses.

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