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A simple question, “Who were the workers who built the Minnesota State Capitol?” was the catalyst for efforts leading to the dedication of a commemorative plaque during Sunday’s grand opening of the newly restored building. More than 300 people attended ceremonies to recognize the original builders of the statehouse and those involved in recent renovations.

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

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.

Minnesota State Capitol construction workers will be honored as part of the Grand Opening of the newly restored building on Sunday, August 13.  At 2:30 p.m. by the basement L’Etoile du Nord Vault (Room B-15), a plaque will be dedicated to memorialize workers who built the statehouse, especially the six who died in the original construction.  These workers and more than 620 others were identified by researchers for the Labor Education Servicer project, “Who Built Our Capitol?” 

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)  

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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

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