The Capitol Dome

Summer 2012

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A s part of theU.S.CapitolHistorical Society's fiftieth anniversary celebra- tions, this issue of TheCapitolDome highlights some of the key events in the Capitol and Congress over the past fifty years. Here are a few of the statues thatwere added to the Capitol'sNational Statuary Hall Collec- tion during that time that we weren't able to include in the timeline. Jeanee Rankin (1880–1973) was an acvist for peace and women's rights throughout her life. She campaigned forwoman suffrage in Washington state and Montana and then became the firstwoman elected to Congress in 1916. She served one termand then connued her acvistwork unlwinning a second term in the House in 1940. She holds the disncon of being the onlymember of Congress to vote against entry into bothworldwars, and she also led protests against the VietnamWar near the end of her life. Montana gave this statue, by TerryMimnaugh, to the Capitol in 1985. Eusebio Kino (1645–1711) was a Jesuitwho first arrived in Arizona in 1687. During his workwith the Pimas, he used his background inmathe- macs and geography to drawmaps and build missions, roads, stock- yards, and rancheras, which supplied cale to newselements. Arizona added this statue by Suzanne Silvercruys in 1965. Sakakawea (1788?–1812?)was a Shoshone girl captured by the Hidatsas whowasmarried to a French trader by 1804. Her husband became a translatorwith the Lewis and Clark expedion, and she joined himon the cross-country trek, duringwhich she bore a son and facilitated contact with several Indian groups. The expedion leaders greatly valued "her aenon and services" during the journey. North Dakota donated this statue by Leonard Crunelle in 2003, a copy of a 1910 statue on the grounds of the state capitol. Born Esther Pariseau nearMontreal, Canada, Mother Joseph (1823–1902) came to the North- west Territories in 1856 leading a group of missionaries. She supervised the building of numerous hospitals, schools, and orphanages throughout the area (which included all or part of present-dayWashington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana). That supervision included every- thing fromfundraising to architectural design to overseeing construcon. In 1980, Washington state gave Felix deWeldon's statue ofMother Joseph to the collecon. ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL (ALL)

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