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Oct. 3, 2006

Old Capitol Film To Be Shown Oct. 6

To celebrate the University of Iowa's Homecoming Week and the recent reopening of the Old Capitol, the Old Capitol Museum will unveil a 10-minute film on DVD highlighting the building's rich heritage on Friday, Oct. 6, at 3 p.m. in the Museum's Senate Chamber.

Applied Art and Technology, a multi-media firm in Des Moines, helped create the film. Shalla Wilson, curator of Old Capitol, also worked extensively on the project.

"The DVD is a great way to teach people the history of the building and the area around it -- all in about 10 minutes," Wilson said. "I hope that people come away having learned something they didn't know about Iowa."

The DVD goes through Old Capitol's history, from the planning and building of the capitol during the 1840s, to the time it served as UI's main campus facility, through the 2001 fire and up to present. It shares stories about people and events that inhabited or took place in spaces in and around the building. Hundreds of rarely seen photographs, film footage, and original music by the local blue-grass band of Glenn Lonsdale, Carlis Faurot and Paul Williams help enliven these stories.

The DVD will be on view anytime the Museum is open; see for hours. Both the Old Capitol Museum and Museum of Natural History will stay open till 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, before the annual Homecoming parade begins at 5:45 p.m.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

PROGRAM CONTACT: Elisa Ewing, education and outreach coordinator, Old Capitol Museum, 319-335-3591,

MEDIA CONTACT: George McCrory, 319-384-0012,