Kansans celebrate statehood, dedicate Capitol

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has formally saluted the revamped Kansas Statehouse, dedicating the building’s renovation to what he called “the glory of God and the people of the great state of Kansas.”

Brownback was joined at the Capitol Wednesday by historical re-enactors, current and former legislators and hundreds of Kansas residents to formally dedicate the updated building on the 153rd anniversary of statehood.

Brownback’s remarks were followed by a 19-gun salute and the cutting of cake.

The 13-year renovation cost nearly $330 million and included new ventilation and electrical systems, replacement of the roof and dome, and construction of a visitor center. The project was financed with bonds.

 

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