The Wisconsin Capitol

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This heavily illustrated volume describes the creation of the first capitol in 1837, the construction of the second capitol in the 1860s (and the fire that almost completely destroyed it in 1904), the eleven-year construction project that completed the third capitol in 1917, and the extensive conservation project of the 1990s that restored the building to its grandeur. Along the way it tells dozens of stories about colorful people — attorneys, senators, and governors, as well as protesters, reformers, secretaries, tour guides, custodians, and even Old Abe, the Capitol’s resident eagle.

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“a delightful new book that will serve as a treasure for all who care about the state’s colorful and storied history.” — The Capital Times, Madison, Wisconsin

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