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July 27, 2011

Ceremonial silver trowel

Filed under: Item of the Day — Lizzie Ehrenhalt @ 10:57 am

Ceremonial silver trowel
On this day (July 27th) in 1898, former territorial governor Alexander Ramsey laid the cornerstone for the new Minnesota state capitol building, designed by Cass Gilbert. This silver-plated trowel commemorates that occasion. The engraved text on the trowel reads:

Presented to Alexander Ramsey, the First Governor of the Territory and Second Governor of the State of Minnesota by his fellow citizens as testimonial of affection and respect. With this trowel the corner stone of the new state capitol was laid at St. Paul, Minnesota, July 27, A.D. 1898.

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