TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) State and local officials will hold a ceremony this week to mark the official opening of the Kansas Statehouse visitor center to the public.
The Kansas Historical Society will cut the ribbon Thursday morning on the new facilities on the north side of the Statehouse. Gov. Sam Brownback and Topeka Mayor Larry Wolgast are scheduled to speak, and visitors will be offered tours of new exhibits lining the halls of the Statehouse.
Workers are completing a 13-year, nearly $330 million renovation of the capitol building. The project has included expanded office and meeting space for state officials, new ventilation and electrical systems, and the visitor center on the ground floor.
The center includes a marble floor with a map of Kansas with each county's name engraved.