Two Canadian historical researchers met with Who Built Our Capitol project director Randy Croce and researcher John Sielaff at the University of Minnesota on March 30 to share information on French Canadian stone artisans who worked on the construction of the Minnesota State Capitol.
An exhibit of photographs by Tom Olmsheid portraying tradespeople who worked on the recent restoration of the Capitol is on at exhibit in the newly opened building's basement. The black and white images of trades men and women give a sense of the diversity of jobs and workers on the project. These skilled workers brought the statehouse back to the beauty of its 1905 appearance, while modernizing it for use in the 21st century. The pictures of workers, composed to show the jobs they do, also give a sense of their individual personalities as they look back at Olmscheid and at those who ar
After more than 100 years, the workers who built the Minnesota State Capitol, including six who were killed in the construction, will be honored in the statehouse. On Dec.15, a jury met to select designs for a commemorative plaque from among more than 50 entries submitted by sixth graders across the state.
The Who Built Our Capitol? documentary was cited in a letter to the editor by project researcher David Riehle on the controversy over display of Civil War battle paintings in the Governor's Reception Room. (Minneapolis StarTribune, December 2, 2016, page A8)
STATE CAPITOL ART
Here is some better context for the ‘Civil War paintings’ debate
ST. PAUL - After more than a hundred years, the workers who built the Capitol, including six who were killed in the construction, will be honored in the statehouse. On December 15, 2016, a jury met to select designs for a commemorative plaque from more than 50 entries submitted by sixth graders across the state.
The creators of the two designs which will be used to create the memorial will be announced the week of December 19, 2016.
State Capitol Commemorative Plaque Design Competition – Deadline Extended to December 8
In Owatonna,MN, Willow Creek Intermediate School sixth graders wanted to know why there was no recognition of the workers who built the Minnesota State Capitol anywhere in the buidling. They had been studying the builders with their teacher, Jen Hansen, co-designer of the "Who Built Our Capitol?" curriculum featured on this website.
On Memorial Day, 2016, a newly-created mosaic mural was dedicated at the Minnesota Workers Memorial Garden on the Capitol grounds. The images of workers from a myriad of occupations were created by public artist Craig David using pieces he cut from porcelaine floor tiles. The memorial recognizes the efforts of all workers in building the state of Minnesota, particularly those who gave their lives on the job. The six workers who died in accidents during the Capitol construction between 1998 and 1903 were recognized at this wall during Workers Memorial Day ceremonies in 2011 and 2012. Dav