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  Wisconsin Historical Society
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Tuesday, November 01, 2016


Decorate your home with the 2016 Wisconsin State Capitol Holiday Ornament

Proceeds from sales support the State Capitol Restoration Fund


Madison, Wis. – The 2016 Wisconsin State Capitol ornament, presented by the Wisconsin Historical Foundation, is a replica design of the most prominent features of the Wisconsin Supreme Court Hearing Room, one of the Capitol's most ornate rooms.
“The Wisconsin Supreme Court Hearing Room is one of the most beautiful courtrooms in the country and among the most impressive rooms in the Capitol,” said Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Patience Drake Roggensack.
“The Signing of the Constitution,” displayed above the judicial bench, is one of four massive murals installed in the hearing room in 1915. Each of the murals symbolizes an origin of Wisconsin law.
The ornament’s beautiful design captures the elegance of the Supreme Court Hearing Room’s stately mahogany bench and its grand pilasters of Italian Breche Coraline marble. The mural image on the ornament depicts George Washington presiding over the signing of the United States Constitution, Benjamin Franklin is on the left and James Madison is on the right, and although he was in France at the time, Thomas Jefferson was painted into the mural because of his great influence on the principles of the Constitution.
“This year’s ornament will be a brilliant addition to any holiday décor and it will have a special impact because proceeds will continue to support the State Capitol Restoration Fund. We are excited to keep this tradition going.” said Dave Wilder, executive director of the Wisconsin Historical Foundation.
 Since 2004, the proceeds from ornament sales have supported over $70,000 in restoration projects around the Capitol building. Previous ornament sales have helped to fund the visitor’s bird’s eye view from the glass perch inside the dome of the State Capitol.
“The Wisconsin State Capitol Holiday Ornament has a special place in many homes around the state as well as in our statehouse,” said Cate Zeuske, honorary volunteer chairperson for the Capitol Ornament Committee.
It is set in a special gift box and will be available for purchase while supplies last at Orange Tree Imports, Wisconsin Historical Museum, State Capitol Tours, Monona Terrace, The Bruce Company and the Executive Residence. 
Purchase your ornament by visiting and clicking store or click here.
About the Wisconsin Historical Foundation
The Wisconsin Historical Foundation exists to advance the mission of the Wisconsin Historical Society: to help people connect to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing stories. The Wisconsin Historical Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization, receives grants and private contributions benefitting the Society and administers the membership program. Visit for more information. 



2016 Wisconsin State Capitol Ornament

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