A Brief Introduction

Hi! I took photos of all the historic county courthouses (and some others) in Indiana and elsewhere so you didn’t have to. Here are some quick facts about the project.

The Numbers of Courthousery:

Since I started in September, 2011 and rebooted this project in August, 2015…

…I’ve been to 92 counties (100%) in Indiana, fourteen in Ohio, and four in Michigan.
I’ve taken 3,204 courthouse photos.
I’ve driven 6,659 miles
I’ve spent 132 hours in the car (five and a half days).
I’ve consumed 54 44 oz. fountain pops on the road (16.5 gallons).

The Grammar of Courthousery:

What is ‘courthousery’, exactly? Well, it’s a noun to describe this project. I’d break weekend plans because I was going courthousing. I’d invite friends or family to come along while I courthoused.

Courthousery (n): The act of driving around, drinking fountain pops, listening to music too loud, and taking pictures of old courthouses. 

The Gear of Courthousery:

I’m not a professional photographer- I’m not even a good one. Photos from 2011 were taken with a Motorola Droid. Photos from 2015 on were taken with a simple Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W330 point-and-shoot camera and edited in Adobe Photoshop, Color Efex Pro 4, and Dfine 2 from the Google Nik Collection.

The People of Courthousery:

There are a few people who helped make the inspiration, completion, and presentation of my courthouse project possible.

Jan Swander and Connie Shideler arranged tours of historic county courthouses for me as a kid. John Shideler went to nine courthouses with me and put up with endless blather about a topic that he considered profoundly disinteresting. Barb Miller also went to nine, helped proofread, and encouraged many of the insights and opinions presented here. Chelsea Rosander went to a ton of local schoolhouses, artesian wells, and iron bridges with me, along with six courthouses. Aerabe Koester came along to six. J.P. Cavanaugh provided personal and technical insight for the website and overall project. Sally Shideler went to four courthouses and provided invaluable assistance editing and proofreading the early content featured here. Other friends came with me on shorter trips, expressed interest, or encouraged me. All deserve thanks.

The Copyrights of Courthousery:

All of the text and photographs on this website, unless otherwise noted, my original content, and I reserve all rights to the material I’ve created. No part of this project may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without my prior written permission, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical reviews and certain other noncommercial uses permitted by copyright law.

Thanks for reading, and thanks for stopping by,

Ted Shideler