Workers to be honored at Capitol Grand Opening on Aug. 13

Historic and recent 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 project, “Who Built Our Capitol?”  Many descendants and families of the 1896-1905 builders will attend the ceremony.

At 3 p.m. on the south lawn by the main entrance, the trades people who worked on the recent restoration of the Capitol will be recognized and an ice cream social will be served, courtesy of Minnesota Building Trades Unions.

At 3:30 in B-15, the Labor Education Service is hosting a gathering of descendants and families of original Capitol builders. Throughout the three-day Aug. 11-13 celebration, the documentary ‘Who Built Our Capitol?' will be shown on the third floor of the building, together with a display profiling seven of the workers who constructed the statehouse.