Public invited to Utah State Capitol’s 100th birthday celebration

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – The Utah State Capitol is turning 100 years old, and you are invited to its birthday party!  

This week, historic artifacts dating back to 1916 are on display all over the building in celebration of the major milestone.  In addition, centennial banners and patriotic drapes adorn the rotunda, welcoming more than 20,000 Utah students over the next several days. 

Event organizers say community performers will sing and dance for visitors throughout the week.  They say they hope people will go learn about the features that make the Beehive State’s special gathering place so unique.  

“It is known as one of the most top one or two most beautiful in the whole country because of how open and spacious and full of natural light it is,” said Emmylou Manwill, Visitor Services Manager of the Capitol Preservation Board.  

“I just would love for people to come away with just a greater appreciation for how things are made, what the materials are and the fabrics that were used to create the capitol, and just be excited to come back,” added Stephanie Angelides, Curator and Inventory Collections Manager at the capitol. 

Students are not the only ones invited to Utah State Capitol.  Any members of the public are invited to walk in and take guided tours or check out the exhibits on their own. 

Governor Gary Herbert is also taking part in the festivities, planning to open up a 100 year-old time capsule, Monday afternoon. 

Also, on Saturday from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., children and families are invited for ‘Capitol Discovery Day,’ where they will be participating in hands-on learning activities, art, and more. 

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