Utah Capitol Centennial Celebration

Utah Capitol Centennial Celebration

Rep. Brad Dee, who serves as the vice-chair of the Capitol Preservation Boardimg_4435, Ron Fox a community historian, John Lambert the founder and CEO of Historic Masonry Consultant, Senate President, the Lt. Governor and Allyson Gamble the executive director of the Capitol Preservation Board, extracted a 100-year-old time capsule from the capitol cornerstone that was hidden inside one of the granite columns of the Utah State Capitol prior to its dedication in 1916. .

img_4455“More than 100 years ago that capsule was placed in the State Capitol and to hold that today was a great thrill,” said Rep. Dee. “It was a once in a lifetime moment.” 



To kick-off, the official Utah Capitol Centennial Celebration, members of the Utah Legislature and the Executive img_4736
Branch opened the 102-year-old time capsule on Monday, October 3, 2016. Utah centenarians who were alive when the capsule was placed inside the granite column were there to see it’s the unveiling of the contents.

See additional photos here.


Capitol Events:

To commemorate the 100-year Anniversary of the Capitol, Utah Preservation Board planned a week of historic events. Everyone is invited to join us at the Capitol in celebrating this historic time. All of the following events are free and open to the public.

Capitol Open House

Monday, October 3 to Friday, October 7: Enjoy learning from docents as they share historic information, listening to children and cultural group performances in the Rotunda, and viewing rare historical artifacts on display throughout the Capitol. Extended tour hours from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. throughout the whole week, walk-ins welcome!

Capitol Discovery Day

Saturday, October 8 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Learn more about the Capitol’s 100-year history through hands-on arts and crafts activities in the Hall of Governors. Draw Capitol shapes on copper! Make gum-drop geodesic domes! Create your own artwork featuring Capitol symbols or adding color to black and white Capitol artwork.

Commemorating a Century Gala

Saturday, October 8, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Celebrate the ‘People’s House’ and its one hundred year history. Enjoy a formal program commemorating the historic opening, with refreshments and a gala to follow.


What was inside the time capsule: img_4816


  • Penny, 1913 S (San Francisco)
  • Buffalo nickel, 1913
  • Liberty V nickel, 1902
  • Quarter, 1909
  • Half dollar, 1892
  • Dollar coin, 1896


  • Photograph one: group of 7 men standing next to a pillar
  • Photograph two: group of 13 men standing by Capitol pillar

Books, papers:

  • Church Chronology by: Andrew Jenson
  • LDS Biographical encyclopedia: by Andrew Jenson
  • Sealed envelope
  • The Granite Cutters Association of America: Two booklets


  • Evening Telegram, SLC, April 4th
  • 1914
  • Logan Republican, April 2nd
  • 1914
  • The Salt Lake Herald-Republican, April 4th
  • 1914
  • Deseret Evening News, April 4th
  • 1914
  • The Provo Post, March 27th
  • 1914
  • The Ogdon Standard, April 1st
  • 1914
  • Salt Lake Tribune April 4th
  • 1914
  • The Journal, Logan City, March 28th
  • 1914


  • Program of Laying of Corner Stone of the Capitol Building
  • Program of Laying of Corner Stone
  • Program Competition, Utah State Capitol Building  

Cards, etc.:

  • Business card: Gunn Signs
  • Calling card: Mr. Henry J. Bozung (spelling of last name is questionable)
  • Utah Light and Railway Company, Ticket
  • Two sent stamp
  • Business card: S.A. Spencer, sheet metal contractor
  • Calling Card: Mr. James P. Coleman
  • Hand written signature and date on scrap of paper, April 4th
  • 1914, name not legible
  • Business card: H. F. Dobson
  • Identification card: Moriah
  • Business card: James Stewart & Company