Labor Education Services (LES) has received a $24,700 grant from the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) for a project titled "Who Built the Capitol?" Coordinator/video producer Randy Croce will direct the project.
Croce and three other researchers have been doing primary research for nearly two years on the workers and contractors who built the Minnesota State Capitol between 1896 and 1907.
"We have searched through newspapers, MHS archives, cemetery records, union minutes and dues books, and a variety of other original sources to uncover the stories of these builders," Croce said. "We have located a number of descendants and interviewed them and involved them in the project. This grant will fund a website, a video, and an exhibit to bring the information we have found to a wider audience."
The initial research stage of this project was funded by grants and donations in 2010 totaling $14,000 from the Minnesota Historical Society, the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsworkers, the Education Minnesota Foundation, and the Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies. "Who Built the Capitol?" also received funding commitments for another $12,200 from the Butler Family Foundation, Operating Engineers Local 49, Sheet Metal Workers Local 10, and Teamsters Joint Council 32.