Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving Re-Cap!

Hundreds of needy Utah families received a Thanksgiving dinner who otherwise would have gone hungry.

Representatives with the Salt Lake City Mission say they served between two and three thousand people on Thanksgiving Day.

They also handed out clothing and personal care products. However the mission still needs help because donations have been down this year.
For more information on how you can help the mission or to make a donation, please log on to

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

CAPITOL in the News!!!! - Real soccer champs celebrate victory with fans

Capitol in the News! RSL fans celebrate club's first title- sltrib.

By Rosemary Winters
The Salt Lake Tribune

Sandy » Fans celebrated Real Salt Lake's championship trophy with high-fives, boisterous chants and plenty of hearty yells Tuesday.
On a day Utah Gov. Gary Herbert declared "Real Salt Lake Day," soccer lovers flocked to big bashes at the state Capitol and the team's Sandy stadium -- some of them even lined the route in between to wave to RSL's motorcade.
On Tuesday, about 6,000 fans spilled into Rio Tinto Stadium to cheer the team's momentous win against the star-studded Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday for the 2009 Major League Soccer championship.
"This team earned it," Sandy Mayor Tom Dolan said. "In our galaxy, these are the stars."

read article HERE!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

New REAL SL videos on our Youtube!!!

State Capitol to Pay Tribute to the RSL Champions!

Governor Gary Herbert is to congratulate Real Salt Lake teammates on their MLS Cup 2009 Championship in a public press conference at 3 p.m. on the South steps of the Utah State Capitol complex.
After the celebration on Capitol Hill, the team will continue on to their Rio Tinto Stadium home in Sandy, where they will invite fans for the Celebration Rally.
Gates at Rio Tinto Stadium will open for fans at 5:00 p.m., with the festivities kicking off at 5:30 p.m.

Test your Thanksgiving Day IQ

Story from the Deseret News written by By Carma Wadley

1. Many ancient cultures celebrated harvest festivals, including the Greeks. Who was the Greek goddess of the harvest?
a. Artemis
b. Athena
c. Demeter
d. Hestia

2. Two ships were set to bring the Pilgrims to the New World, but one developed leaks so everyone crowded onto the Mayflower. What was the name of the other ship?
a. Speedwell
b. Newhope
c. Argus
d. Liberty

3. How many Pilgrims were aboard the Mayflower?
a. 54
b. 102
c. 156
d. 204

4. What was the Mayflower Compact?
a. An agreement between the Pilgrims and the shipping company to take them to Virginia.
b. A document signed by passengers that became the basis for government in the colony.
c. A pledge of religious tolerance and freedom.
d. An agreement signed by passengers that they would abide by certain rules aboard ship.

5. After they arrived, the Pilgrims were befriended by Indians of which tribe?
a. Ojibwa
b. Maskegon
c. Algonquin
d. Wampanoag

6. A famous statue of Chief Massasoit stands in Plymouth, Mass., and on the Utah State Capitol grounds. Who was the sculptor of this statue?
a. Cyrus Dallin
b. Mahonri Young
c. Truman O. Angell
d. Frederic Remington

7. Who was the first governor of the Plymouth Colony?
a. William Bradford
b. John Smith
c. John Carver
d. Roger Williams

8. The Plymouth Colony eventually had its charter revoked by England and it ended up as part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. How many years did Plymouth exist as a separate colony?
a. 47 years
b. 72 years
c. 90 years
d. 104 years

9. Which of the following food was definitely NOT part of the 1621 feast?
a. Cranberries
b. Sweet potatoes
c. Pumpkin
d. White potatoes

10. Until the 1930s most of the cranberries sold in this country were sold as fresh berries. Then growers started making juice, sauce and other products. What percentage of cranberries are sold as fresh berries today?
a. 5 percent
b. 25 percent
c. 40 percent
d. 60 percent

11. Which state leads the country in the production of turkeys?
a. California
b. North Carolina
c. Minnesota
d. Utah

12. What is the red, fleshy grown on the head and neck of the turkey called?
a. Waddle
b. Snood
c. Caruncle
d. Comb

Find your answers HERE!

National Champions bring Honor to Utah!

Real Salt Lake To Celebrate MLS Cup 2009 Title

Fans Invited to Join MLS Champions for Utah Gov. Gary Herbert's Recognition on Steps of the Utah State Capitol at 3:00 p.m. MT

SANDY, UT - Having arrived to a spirited welcome from several hundred fans earlier today at Salt Lake City International Airport, the Real Salt Lake family will rest easy tonight before bringing its celebration to the people of Utah TOMORROW, Tuesday, Nov. 24, when the club will host events stretching from the State Capitol to Sandy in celebration of the Utah side's MLS Cup 2009 Championship. Real Salt Lake claimed Major League Soccer's title Sunday evening at Seattle's Qwest Field by defeating the Los Angeles Galaxy, 5-4, in seven rounds of penalty kicks following a 1-1 draw in regulation and overtime, providing Utah sports fans with their first champion in a major professional league since 1971, when the Utah Stars claimed the American Basketball Association title.
To begin the day, the team will serve as guests of Utah Governor Gary Herbert and the State's First Lady at a special luncheon at the Governor's Mansion, which will be followed by a 3:00 p.m. public celebration on the south steps of the Utah State Capitol building. Governor Herbert and other dignitaries will congratulate Utah's champions before giving way to addresses from RSL Owner Dave Checketts, Head Coach Jason Kreis, and Captain Kyle Beckerman, among others.
Read more of the story HERE!

Monday, November 23, 2009

U.S.S. Utah in the News!

A salute to the USS Utah

87-year-old William Hughes, a crew member of the USS Utah and a Pearl Harbor survivor, watches as the color guards present colors at the Utah State Capitol during the 100th anniversary of the ship's construction Monday. Artifacts from the ship were also placed on display and will be exhibited through the end of the year. The USS Utah was bombed and quickly capsized at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Fifty-eight enlisted men and six officers died when the Utah sank.

Read about it HERE!
Photo from the Deseret News

STATE NEWS: Utah Continues to Rank High in Economic Development and Business Creation

Recent rankings support economic development success in Utah and its cities!

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development is pleased that Utah cities and the State of Utah continues to receive economic development recognition in national surveys. Earlier this year, Utah ranked number 2 overall in the prestigious “Top 10 Pro-Business States” from Pollina Corporate. In their report “Rebuilding American’s Economic Power” they ranked each state in the annual study based on job retention and creation. Utah outperformed not only the western states but most of the rest of the country.

Recently, released its ranking of the top 50 places in America to start a business. Logan, Utah is one of only three cities west of the Mississippi to receive the recognition in the reports small metro section as a “Best Place to Start a Business.”
Logan has a wide diversity of economic sectors with a focus on Education, Manufacturing and Processing, Health, Agriculture, Retail and Business Services. The city’s largest employer is Utah State University, other large employers include the Cache County School District, IHC operated Logan Regional Hospital, Thermo-Fisher Laboratories, and Gossner Foods.Because of Logan’s economic climate, a number of Utah companies have chosen to headquarter their businesses in the city including Icon Health & Fitness, Hogi Yogi, S&S Power, Campbell Scientific, and NewDawn Technologies. Logan’s tax structure and pro business environment has made Logan an excellent choice for starting and growing a business according to the CNNMoney report.

Read the rest of the article HERE!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Interim Parking today!

Please be aware this week we have interim meetings, Tuesday, November 17 and Wednesday, November 18. Interim parking includes all of reserved Plaza underground, all of G Lot and the posted areas in the upper surface lots. Thank you for your cooperation.
Hope you are enjoying the fall weather.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Rate Your Capitols!!!

Go to the link below to view other State Capitol's and facebook us back on which one you like the best!!

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Answer your oppinion of the best Capitol on our facebook FAN page below!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Stuff for the Kids!!!

Check out the picture and link below to get your kids involved with Utah history, Capitol facts and government & civics information!!! These games and activities were specifically created to educate while entertaining.

Try out these games and allow your children to interact personally with the Utah State Capitol.

More activities to follow!!!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Paying Respect for our Veterans

Although we are a day late, the Capitol Preservation Board would like to pay their respect for the men and women who helped serve this wonderful country throughout the years!

Happy Veterans Day to all!!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

U.S.S. Utah exhibit Event!

The U.S.S. Utah exhibit, located on the 4th floor of the Utah State Capitol building, will be closing in December. To help gain awareness of this closing event, the Utah State Capitol facebook FAN page has created an event page with event information, pictures, videos and contact information.
Click on the picture below to view the EVENT PAGE and join those attending before it is too late!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Massasoit Re-instillation Pictures!

Massasoit statue at the Utah State Capitol

Massasoit returned to the Utah State Capitol on November 5, 2009 after brief interviews with the media. Complete with a granite base and bronze plaque, Massasoit now stands on the East side of the Capitol complex.
Among those in attendance to welcome Massasoit back, were three of his decedents living in Utah. Tenth generation descendent, Glenn Baldwin and his wife Lois, from Salt Lake City, traveled up to view the re-instillation and met with former decedents, Mary Hilliard, 11th generation descendent from Ogden, and her daughter Joni Crane, 12th generation descendent from Vernal.
All three descendents were able to relate some history of Massasoit and take pictures with the famous statue after it had been erected.
They spoke with Denice Dallin Wheeler, relative to Cyrus E. Dallin, the internationally famous sculptor from Utah who sculpted Massasoit and offered him as a gift to the Utah State Capitol in 1922. Wheeler was happy to represent her famous Uncle by giving interviews with the media and speaking personally with the public.
After the re-instillation press conference, lasting no more than an hour, Massasoit was left to welcome future visitors to his new home at the Utah State Capitol.

Re-instillation of Massasoit

Re-instillation on November 5, 2009

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Massasoit Comes Tomorrow!

Massasoit will be returning to the Utah State Capitol tomorrow durring a press confrence held at 11 a.m. on the East side of the Main Capitol Complex.
Massasoit, created by nationally recognized sculptor and Utah native Cyrus E. Dallin, is famously known as the Wampanoags Nation Chief who first welcomed the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock after they disembarked from the Mayflower.
Dallin’s sculpture was first unveiled at the Utah State Capitol on July 31, 1922 at a time when Utah struggled economically. The State graciously accepted the generous gift from one of its most famous sons, adding to the Capitol beautiful artwork they could not have otherwise afforded.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Election Day- Parking Tomorrow

Because November 3, 2009 is Eection day, the Capitol Complex has been selected as a voting site for several precincts. Please know we will have a lot of public needing to park their vehicles in the public parking areas. I think most cars will be in the East visitor parking areas since they are using the Beehive Room.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Massasoit Pictures!

View more pictures of Massasoit on picasa HERE!!

Chief Massasoit returns to the Utah State Capitol

Salt Lake City, Utah –
At 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 5, 2009, the monumental bronze sculpture of Massasoit, created by nationally recognized sculptor Cyrus E. Dallin, will return to the Utah State Capitol Grounds. The sculpture greets visitors as they enter the Capitol Hill Complex from the east side of the Capitol. A brief press conference related to the re-installation will take place at the foot of the statue at the time of installation.

Massasoit is famously known as the Wampanoags Nation Chief who first welcomed the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock after they disembarked from the Mayflower. Dallin created the sculpture in the 1920’s. He was born and raised in Springville, Utah, and is known internationally for his realistic rendering of Chief Massasoit as well as the Angel Moroni statue that sits on top of the Salt Lake City Temple.

Dallin’s sculpture was first unveiled at the Utah State Capitol on July 31, 1922 at a time when Utah struggled economically. The State graciously accepted the generous gift from one of its most famous sons, adding to the Capitol beautiful artwork they could not have otherwise afforded.

During the first unveiling, Dallin expressed his desire that the state accept the gift as a token of his love for his native state of Utah. “These mountains are linked with the story of the Indian,” he said. “In setting up this man of peace, who saved the Plymouth Colony, I have a hope…that I might model the old Chief Washakie of the Shoshones, who, too, was a man of peace; and he wielded as potent and saving an influence over the first Pioneers…as ever did Massasoit over the Pilgrims.”

Classically trained in Paris, Dallin practiced sculpting during a period in art history which was a flowering of classical architecture and sculpture.

Capitol Curator Judith McConkie, PhD, noting that Massasoit is often compared to famous European sculptures, states that “The pose and the idealized body are a direct homage to Michelangelo’s David”.

Massasoit originally stood in the center of the Capitol’s Rotunda from 1923 until 1957, when it was moved outside to the South entrance of the Capitol Hill Complex. Now, complete with a new platform, Dallin’s beloved sculpture will be able to once again call Utah’s Capitol home.

U.S.S. Utah Closing on DEC. 7th

The FREE U.S.S. Utah exhibit will be coming to an end on December 7th. This exhibit, located on the fourth floor of the Utah State Capitol building, celebrates the history and significance of one of the most famous battleships at Pearl Harbor.
With beautiful display cases containing newspapers, clothing, battleship artifacts, and miniature replicas, as well as walls covered with historical photographs of the ship and its people, there is something for everyone.

Make sure you make it up to the Capitol to see this historically powered exhibit before it closes!

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