Visitor Center Opens At Kansas Statehouse

By: Stephanie Schultz
By: Stephanie Schultz

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A key public part of the Kansas Statehouse renovation is open for business.

Governor Sam Brownback and Topeka Mayor Larry Wolgast helped cut the ribbon Thursday morning on the Kansas Historical Society's new visitor center and the Statehouse.

Following the ceremony, visitors were able to tour the new exhibits lining the halls of the Statehouse.

The visitor center includes a marble floor engraved with each county in the state of Kansas.

Workers recently completed a 13-year, $330 million renovation that expanded office and meeting spaces for state officials and added a new ventilation and electrical system.

Both community leaders found the new renovations to be very well done.

"This is a fabulous setting. It is a beautiful building," said Governor Sam Brownback. "It is, I believe, the best state capitol in America. This is amazing."

"Starting today, all Kansans will enter our magnificent capitol through this dignified visitor center," said Mayor Larry Wolgast. "And isn't it magnificent. It gives you a whole new feeling towards this building to walk in through those doors."

A celebration dedicating the entire renovation project will be held in conjunction with Kansas Day at the end of January.

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