My job this morning was to help assist people with finding various activities or specific locations in the building. I was in the hallway right outside Governor Dayton's office, that too open as part of the tour or just for self guided folks to wander in and take a peek. His staffer even allowed, and in some cases encouraged visitor to take a seat at this desk. It wasn't overly crowded yet, being I worked right away when the building opened. Still, I gave directions to too many to count on how to get to the top of the building to see the horses. I worked with an extremely interesting women who worked for the House of Representatives as a legislative analyst. Prior to this job, just started in January, she traveled and lived all over the world for decades doing volunteer and humanitarian work. Her husband is a corporate executive, but she herself never could get a work visa, so gave of her time and talent. She seemed like someone with a strong gratitude for the wealth of abundance she has, so when seeing needs, she did something about them. Now stateside, and with a daughter long since out of the nest, this was her time to have a career of her own; she seemed completely genuine and content. I hope I have the opportunity to run into her again sometime.
There was an 8:00 free yoga class on the capitol lawn that went until about 8:45. Those that took the class, each said it was a completely wonderful experience to participate in the class. Many filled up their free water bottles, a give away at an outside station, and then joined a tour, yoga mats in hand. There was a class yesterday and one more tomorrow morning. I would have liked to stay, but I had something to take care of late morning, plus, after touring colleges all day yesterday and an early morning rise, I was ready to get home. I'll come back another day, a family day, and give it a proper look. In my former life, I spent many hours here, but still, it felt revitalized and special.
Here's a few pictures I hastily snapped. On Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook you can see others by searching for #mymncapitol.
|L'etiole du Nord-named by the first European settlers, the French fur traders.|
|The gorgeous rotunda ceiling.|
|and more stunning architecture.|
|Henry Hastings Sibley-first governor of Minnesota in 1858.Each governor has a portrait hanging in the Capitol.|
|Alexander Ramsey. Minnesota Territory Governor and 2nd state off Minnesota Governor.|
|Foyer of Governors office. Minnesota became a state just in time to be officially part of the War between the States, otherwise known as the Civil war.|