What a great day in Pierre, our state capitol. I was asked to help chaperone my son’s fourth grade class on this trip, and so glad that I said yes. Before we loaded on the busses, I asked Mrs. Schoenfelder what her class head count was. She said, “14, but don’t worry they won’t run off” hmmmmm….but these are other people’s kids. Well, she was right. Everyone stayed together and they were all very kind and polite.
Geraldine was very knowledge about the Capitol and even knew how to answer those crazy kid questions, or she made it up very quickly, and made it very believable. She told us about the construction of the building and who the builders were. She showed us the blue tiles that were placed throughout the Capitol building. There are supposedly sixty-six in total, in which only fifty-five have been found. The other eleven are to believed to be there, just hidden under past construction. The building began to shift after construction, so the builders came back to fix it. Wherever they fixed underneath, they placed a heart in the tile. That way if it happened again, they would come back to fix it free of charge.
I thought this display was very impressive. The First Lady Dresses, worn at her husband’s inauguration. After a Governor leaves office, the First Lady has the option to donate her dress back. They take a portion of that dress to make these miniature dresses to put on display with a picture of the First Lady. Lots of beautiful ladies and beautiful dresses. I was impressed with one of the kids that asked why one of the displays was missing her dress, Geraldine said it was because that First Lady hadn’t commissioned her dress back yet as they have the option to decline.
Not much further into the building, on the second floor, we looked up into the ceiling to see the beautiful stained glass dome. The kids all laid down to look at the ceiling and take a little break as Geraldine filled us in on all of the beautiful artwork and statues in this area.
Another little mystery at the Capitol is this spindle…no one knows the real story of why it is upside down. Geraldine’s story was maybe the marble guys wanted to leave an impression just like the tile guys, so this is what they did. It took a long time for someone to notice it was upside down.
We also walked thru the House and the Senate.
After we were done with the tour, we walked over to the soldier’s memorial. At first we were disappointed as we didn’t see any of the famous ducks for geese. But as soon as they saw the kids with bread, they appeared. There were also huge carp and a very large snapping turtle. We ended the trip with a sack lunch at the park 🙂
It was a great day and the kids looked like they had a fun time. It’s always fun to watch the kids interact between themselves, they are a very good group of kids. And I really look forward to watching them through out the rest of their school years. And so thankful that I was asked to enjoy the day with them.