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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Virginia Bjorlin, president of the Union County Historical Society, in the old courtroom of Union County's Old Courthouse. Several local history and genealogy groups hope Union CountyÕs 1886 Old County Courthouse can be turned into a museum. But before the county would consider such a move, it needs to see if it makes financial sense to restore the historic buildingÕs interior. So commissioners are spending up to $75,000 to study how much such a restoration would cost. Virginia Bjorlin, president of the Union County Historical Society, has been urging the county to turn the facility into a museum for the past 15 years. She recently addressed commissioners about the issue again.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Exterior of Union County's Old Courthouse. Several local history and genealogy groups hope Union CountyÕs 1886 Old County Courthouse can be turned into a museum. But before the county would consider such a move, it needs to see if it makes financial sense to restore the historic buildingÕs interior. So commissioners are spending up to $75,000 to study how much such a restoration would cost. Virginia Bjorlin, president of the Union County Historical Society, has been urging the county to turn the facility into a museum for the past 15 years. She recently addressed commissioners about the issue again.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Clock tower of Union County's Old Courthouse, which was added to the building in 1904. Several local history and genealogy groups hope Union CountyÕs 1886 Old County Courthouse can be turned into a museum. But before the county would consider such a move, it needs to see if it makes financial sense to restore the historic buildingÕs interior. So commissioners are spending up to $75,000 to study how much such a restoration would cost. Virginia Bjorlin, president of the Union County Historical Society, has been urging the county to turn the facility into a museum for the past 15 years. She recently addressed commissioners about the issue again.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Exterior of Union County's Old Courthouse. Several local history and genealogy groups hope Union CountyÕs 1886 Old County Courthouse can be turned into a museum. But before the county would consider such a move, it needs to see if it makes financial sense to restore the historic buildingÕs interior. So commissioners are spending up to $75,000 to study how much such a restoration would cost. Virginia Bjorlin, president of the Union County Historical Society, has been urging the county to turn the facility into a museum for the past 15 years. She recently addressed commissioners about the issue again.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Detail of the elaborate exterior detailing of Union County's Old Courthouse. Several local history and genealogy groups hope Union CountyÕs 1886 Old County Courthouse can be turned into a museum. But before the county would consider such a move, it needs to see if it makes financial sense to restore the historic buildingÕs interior. So commissioners are spending up to $75,000 to study how much such a restoration would cost. Virginia Bjorlin, president of the Union County Historical Society, has been urging the county to turn the facility into a museum for the past 15 years. She recently addressed commissioners about the issue again.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Virginia Bjorlin, president of the Union County Historical Society, in the old courtroom of Union County's Old Courthouse, with the old balcony visible in background. Several local history and genealogy groups hope Union CountyÕs 1886 Old County Courthouse can be turned into a museum. But before the county would consider such a move, it needs to see if it makes financial sense to restore the historic buildingÕs interior. So commissioners are spending up to $75,000 to study how much such a restoration would cost. Virginia Bjorlin, president of the Union County Historical Society, has been urging the county to turn the facility into a museum for the past 15 years. She recently addressed commissioners about the issue again.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Virginia Bjorlin, president of the Union County Historical Society, in the old courtroom of Union County's Old Courthouse. Several local history and genealogy groups hope Union CountyÕs 1886 Old County Courthouse can be turned into a museum. But before the county would consider such a move, it needs to see if it makes financial sense to restore the historic buildingÕs interior. So commissioners are spending up to $75,000 to study how much such a restoration would cost. Virginia Bjorlin, president of the Union County Historical Society, has been urging the county to turn the facility into a museum for the past 15 years. She recently addressed commissioners about the issue again.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Judge's chair and Bible in the old courtroom of Union County's Old Courthouse. Several local history and genealogy groups hope Union CountyÕs 1886 Old County Courthouse can be turned into a museum. But before the county would consider such a move, it needs to see if it makes financial sense to restore the historic buildingÕs interior. So commissioners are spending up to $75,000 to study how much such a restoration would cost. Virginia Bjorlin, president of the Union County Historical Society, has been urging the county to turn the facility into a museum for the past 15 years. She recently addressed commissioners about the issue again.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Ornamentation with garlands along the frieze of the old courtroom of Union County's Old Courthouse. Several local history and genealogy groups hope Union CountyÕs 1886 Old County Courthouse can be turned into a museum. But before the county would consider such a move, it needs to see if it makes financial sense to restore the historic buildingÕs interior. So commissioners are spending up to $75,000 to study how much such a restoration would cost. Virginia Bjorlin, president of the Union County Historical Society, has been urging the county to turn the facility into a museum for the past 15 years. She recently addressed commissioners about the issue again.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Ceiling ornamentation and light in the old courtroom of Union County's Old Courthouse. Several local history and genealogy groups hope Union CountyÕs 1886 Old County Courthouse can be turned into a museum. But before the county would consider such a move, it needs to see if it makes financial sense to restore the historic buildingÕs interior. So commissioners are spending up to $75,000 to study how much such a restoration would cost. Virginia Bjorlin, president of the Union County Historical Society, has been urging the county to turn the facility into a museum for the past 15 years. She recently addressed commissioners about the issue again.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Old 1857 bell now on display inside Union County's Old Courthouse. Several local history and genealogy groups hope Union CountyÕs 1886 Old County Courthouse can be turned into a museum. But before the county would consider such a move, it needs to see if it makes financial sense to restore the historic buildingÕs interior. So commissioners are spending up to $75,000 to study how much such a restoration would cost. Virginia Bjorlin, president of the Union County Historical Society, has been urging the county to turn the facility into a museum for the past 15 years. She recently addressed commissioners about the issue again.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Beautiful newel post and staircase in Union County's Old Courthouse. Several local history and genealogy groups hope Union CountyÕs 1886 Old County Courthouse can be turned into a museum. But before the county would consider such a move, it needs to see if it makes financial sense to restore the historic buildingÕs interior. So commissioners are spending up to $75,000 to study how much such a restoration would cost. Virginia Bjorlin, president of the Union County Historical Society, has been urging the county to turn the facility into a museum for the past 15 years. She recently addressed commissioners about the issue again.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    A 12-foot-tall aluminum cross that sported blue neon when it sat atop the courthouse from the early 1950s until 1979, is now on display in a downstairs room. A group of mothers who had lost sons in World War II led the drive for the cross, which was controversial in its time as a religious symbol on a government building. It finally came down because it was causing water damage to the clock tower. A weather vane, reportedly the original one for the building, now sits atop the courthouse.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Virginia Bjorlin, president of the Union County Historical Society, opens the old original door to a vault for register of deeds papers in Union County's Old Courthouse. Several local history and genealogy groups hope Union CountyÕs 1886 Old County Courthouse can be turned into a museum. But before the county would consider such a move, it needs to see if it makes financial sense to restore the historic buildingÕs interior. So commissioners are spending up to $75,000 to study how much such a restoration would cost. Virginia Bjorlin, president of the Union County Historical Society, has been urging the county to turn the facility into a museum for the past 15 years. She recently addressed commissioners about the issue again.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Virginia Bjorlin, president of the Union County Historical Society, opens the old original door to a vault for register of deeds papers in Union County's Old Courthouse. Several local history and genealogy groups hope Union CountyÕs 1886 Old County Courthouse can be turned into a museum. But before the county would consider such a move, it needs to see if it makes financial sense to restore the historic buildingÕs interior. So commissioners are spending up to $75,000 to study how much such a restoration would cost. Virginia Bjorlin, president of the Union County Historical Society, has been urging the county to turn the facility into a museum for the past 15 years. She recently addressed commissioners about the issue again.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Virginia Bjorlin, president of the Union County Historical Society, with a 1790-era clock in Union County's Old Courthouse. Several local history and genealogy groups hope Union CountyÕs 1886 Old County Courthouse can be turned into a museum. But before the county would consider such a move, it needs to see if it makes financial sense to restore the historic buildingÕs interior. So commissioners are spending up to $75,000 to study how much such a restoration would cost. Virginia Bjorlin, president of the Union County Historical Society, has been urging the county to turn the facility into a museum for the past 15 years. She recently addressed commissioners about the issue again.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Detail over a side door of the old courtroom of Union County's Old Courthouse. Several local history and genealogy groups hope Union CountyÕs 1886 Old County Courthouse can be turned into a museum. But before the county would consider such a move, it needs to see if it makes financial sense to restore the historic buildingÕs interior. So commissioners are spending up to $75,000 to study how much such a restoration would cost. Virginia Bjorlin, president of the Union County Historical Society, has been urging the county to turn the facility into a museum for the past 15 years. She recently addressed commissioners about the issue again.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Old turn of the century photo (early 1900s) of a court day at Union County's Old Courthouse. Several local history and genealogy groups hope Union CountyÕs 1886 Old County Courthouse can be turned into a museum. But before the county would consider such a move, it needs to see if it makes financial sense to restore the historic buildingÕs interior. So commissioners are spending up to $75,000 to study how much such a restoration would cost. Virginia Bjorlin, president of the Union County Historical Society, has been urging the county to turn the facility into a museum for the past 15 years. She recently addressed commissioners about the issue again.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Old turn of the century photo (about 1900) of Union County's Old Courthouse. Several local history and genealogy groups hope Union CountyÕs 1886 Old County Courthouse can be turned into a museum. But before the county would consider such a move, it needs to see if it makes financial sense to restore the historic buildingÕs interior. So commissioners are spending up to $75,000 to study how much such a restoration would cost. Virginia Bjorlin, president of the Union County Historical Society, has been urging the county to turn the facility into a museum for the past 15 years. She recently addressed commissioners about the issue again.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Old clockworks on display inside Union County's Old Courthouse. Several local history and genealogy groups hope Union CountyÕs 1886 Old County Courthouse can be turned into a museum. But before the county would consider such a move, it needs to see if it makes financial sense to restore the historic buildingÕs interior. So commissioners are spending up to $75,000 to study how much such a restoration would cost. Virginia Bjorlin, president of the Union County Historical Society, has been urging the county to turn the facility into a museum for the past 15 years. She recently addressed commissioners about the issue again.
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