CONTACT: STEVE PARROTT
101 Jessup Hall
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-0552; fax (319) 335-0558
Release: Nov. 18, 2002
WHAT: News briefing on Old Capitol Museum
WHEN: 10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 19
WHERE: North Room, Iowa Memorial Union, University of Iowa
The anniversary of the fire that destroyed the dome of the Old Capitol Museum
is Nov. 20. Because of a number of requests from media outlets, we will hold
a news briefing Tuesday, Nov. 19 to provide an update on progress in the efforts
to restore and renovate the building.
Participants will include Shalla Wilson, assistant director of Old Capitol
Museum, and Gary Nagle of the Universitys Office of Design and Construction
Services, who is project manager for the restoration project. They will make
brief presentations and then be available for questions.
Because the re-construction of the dome and cupola of the Old Capitol is
now under way, the building itself is a construction site. For that reason,
there will be no tours of the interior of the building. If you wish to use
interior photos or film footage of damage, we ask that you check your files.
Some examples of the original woodwork and new woodwork will be available
for inspection at the news briefing. In addition, there is an exhibit of Old
Capitol items at the Museum of Natural History in Macbride Hall, including
the bell that was destroyed in the fire.