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This Old Statehouse

This Old Statehouse

This Old Statehouse highlights the people and processes that are restoring Iowa's 19th-century capitol building. Featured is the work of several craftspeople, some of whom have labored for 20 years on the restoration, including bronze casters from Kalona, Iowa, who used original moldings to cast everything from hinges to doorknobs; and gilders, whoapplied new gold leaf to the capitol domes. For many of the workers, their contribution may be the highlight of their life's work. Their efforts are saving more than a building, more even than Iowa's foremost historical landmark. They're solidifying its role as the place Iowans come to be heard. Produced in 2000, This Old Statehouse was IPTV's first high definition television program.



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Series Description: This Old Statehouse highlights the people and processes that are restoring Iowa's 19th-century capitol building. Featured is the work of several craftspeople, some of whom have labored for 20 years on the restoration, including bronze casters from Kalona, Iowa, who used original moldings to cast everything from hinges to doorknobs; and gilders, whoapplied new gold leaf to the capitol domes. For many of the workers, their contribution may be the highlight of their life's work. Their efforts are saving more than a building, more even than Iowa's foremost historical landmark. They're solidifying its role as the place Iowans come to be heard. Produced in 2000, This Old Statehouse was IPTV's first high definition television program.



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  • Episode #101

    What better role for Iowa's only statewide television network than to document the restoration of Iowa's state capitol building, the one working monument every Iowan connects with? IPTV's THIS OLD STATEHOUSE is the first high-definition television program created in Iowa, for Iowans, about Iowa. It is the story of the restoration of Iowa's nineteenth century capitol. The program will be broadcast nine times in August and makes its HDTV premiere at IPTV's state fair booth. THIS OLD STATEHOUSE highlights the people and processes that have restored the statehouse. Featured is the work of various craftspeople, some of whom have labored for 20 years on the restoration, including bronze casters from Kalona, who used original moldings to recast everything from hinges to doorknobs; and gilders, who applied new gold leaf to the capitol dome. For many of the workers, their contribution may be the highlight of their life's work. Their efforts are saving more than a building, more even than Iowa's foremost historical landmark. They're solidifying its role as the place Iowans come to be heard. Produced in conjunction with the State Historical Society of Iowa, the program will also be distributed to schools throughout Iowa, and it will be used as a companion to tours at the capitol. [9 minutes]

  • Episode #102

    What better role for Iowa's only statewide television network than to document the restoration of Iowa's state capitol building, the one working monument every Iowan connects with? IPTV's THIS OLD STATEHOUSE is the first high-definition television program created in Iowa, for Iowans, about Iowa. It is the story of the restoration of Iowa's nineteenth century capitol. The program will be broadcast nine times in August and makes its HDTV premiere at IPTV's state fair booth. THIS OLD STATEHOUSE highlights the people and processes that have restored the statehouse. Featured is the work of various craftspeople, some of whom have labored for 20 years on the restoration, including bronze casters from Kalona, who used original moldings to recast everything from hinges to doorknobs; and gilders, who applied new gold leaf to the capitol dome. For many of the workers, their contribution may be the highlight of their life's work. Their efforts are saving more than a building, more even than Iowa's foremost historical landmark. They're solidifying its role as the place Iowans come to be heard. Produced in conjunction with the State Historical Society of Iowa, the program will also be distributed to schools throughout Iowa, and it will be used as a companion to tours at the capitol. [9 minutes]

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