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'Who Built Our Capitol?' to be Screened at Carlson School on January 15

Monday, December 16, 2013

The Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies and the Labor Education Service will present Who Built Our Capitol? The Lives and Work of the Men and Women Who Built the Minnesota State Capitol Building on Wednesday, January 15, from noon to 1:15 p.m. in 2-207 Carlson School.

The documentary, narrated by Don Shelby, reveals the untold story of the contractors and workers who participated in the construction of the Minnesota statehouse from 1896 to 1907 - not only tradespeople on site, but railroad, quarry, and other workers from across the state and nation.

The project team, which included Randy Croce of the Labor Education Service, combed through historical documents and videotaped at locations across Minnesota and in Georgia. The team uncovered the names of more than 600 of the original builders and traced some of their descendants. These living family members, as well as historians and people involved in the current restoration of the building, are featured in the documentary.

A Q&A period will be led by Croce following the screening. Feel free to bring a lunch; cookies and hot beverages will be provided. For more information, contact

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