Prairie Jewels – The Courthouses of Iowa

A Collaboration Between Professor David Richmond and Author Michael Adams


Prairie Jewels



We’re pleased to announce our latest product which is a photo-book of all of the courthouses in Iowa.


About the Authors

David Richmond, Professor of Art at Simpson College, has enjoyed wide-ranging experiences in graphic design, photography and visual storytelling over his 30-year professional career. His academic teaching background includes photography and design at the University of Iowa College of Art and Art History; graphic design at Dickinson University in North Dakota; and art and photography at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa.


Michael Adams has been a writer, photographer, speechwriter and editor during a rewarding career in journalism, public relations and marketing. He is the author of the novel The Alley of Angels; an award-winning play titled China; and a travel memoir, Our Man in Stavropol, published by the Iowa Sister States Commission following a photographer exchange to Stavropol, Russia; in addition, he has published numerous articles in regional and national publications, and he has had several solo photography exhibits to his credit. He is a journalism graduate of the University of Iowa and spent four years in the U.S. Air Force stationed in the United Kingdom. He was born in Washington, D.C., but has lived in Iowa for the past 45 years.



This book is the history behind Iowa Courthouses in one book with a description of each house, its significance,

and 100 photos of history in Iowa. Join forces with photographer David Richmond and writer Michael Adams to bring Prairie Jewels to life.


Join the  Kickstarter campaign at this Link:


About this link

This link has an electronic layout of what the actual photo-book will look like. The book will be available in Hardcover and softcover. It includes all 100 courthouses in Iowa along with descriptions of the history behind them. The strength of this book is the uniqueness it has in the market because something like this hasn’t been done since the 70s. These courthouses are in the center of town and were designed hundreds of years ago to be the focal point of Iowa small towns.