First Lady Jane Beshear's Communications Office
First Lady Jane Beshear announces the Capitol Centennial Commission “Virtual” Time Capsule

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, February 24, 2010  
Contact Information:  Kerri Richardson
Jill Midkiff

Project will commemorate the Kentucky State Capitol’s 100th birthday celebration

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Looming in stately elegance high above south Frankfort, the Kentucky State Capitol has been the center of state government and an important symbol of our Commonwealth for 100 years.  Governors, lawmakers, Supreme Court justices, citizens and generations of Kentucky schoolchildren have marveled at the building’s classical beauty and Beaux Arts styling, massive marble staircases, soaring rotunda and bronze statues of Kentucky heroes including Abraham Lincoln and Henry Clay.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Kentucky’s “newest” state capitol – the fourth state house used in the Commonwealth since statehood in 1792 – the Capitol Centennial Commission is compiling a “Virtual” Time Capsule to capture recollections of Kentuckians from all 120 counties.  The project is being coordinated by the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet with the enthusiastic support of First Lady Jane Beshear.

“We are very interested to hear personal memories about the Capitol from citizens who have either worked in the Capitol or visited with their friends and families.  From children who toured the building with school groups to former legislators who roamed the halls, their tales are sure to reflect the impact the Capitol has had on the history of the Commonwealth.” said Mrs. Beshear.  “The Capitol holds a special place in the hearts of many of our citizens just as it does for Steve and me.”

University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service agents and Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association will be encouraging communities to identify information from each county to highlight the building’s importance to Kentuckians throughout history.  This information will take the form of photos, audio recollections or videos. The extension office in each county will serve as the collection point for these remembrances.

“I am so pleased that the UK Extension Service and the Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association have agreed to assist with this very special project.  I encourage all Kentuckians to consider telling their story or to submit photos that document their memories of the Capitol,” said Mrs. Beshear.  “Our goal is to utilize new technologies to record this legacy for future generations, just as the building stands as a testament to so many who have gone before us.”

Once compiled, information will be posted on a Virtual Time Capsule Web site to be unveiled in conjunction with the Capitol Centennial Celebration June 4-5 in Frankfort.  A gala on June 4, 2010 will benefit the Kentucky Executive Mansions Foundation, while activities June 5 will include a public celebration on the Capitol grounds.

The Web site will remain active until Dec. 31, 2010.  At that time, the information will be transferred to the Kentucky Historical Society and the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives where it will be made available for future generations to “open” and view.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 2.

All submissions should be in digital format and delivered to the local UK Cooperative Extension office. Submissions will be accepted and submitted in the order in which they are received. In some cases, local extension office staff can assist with the scanning of photographs. Please check with your local office to determine if this service is available. For more information and to find your extension office, go to