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Virtual Field Trip to the Texas State Capitol!

for CUIN 6320
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Rachel Kner

on 1 July 2013

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Transcript of Virtual Field Trip to the Texas State Capitol!

Virtual Field Trip to The Texas Capitol!
Welcome to the Capitol!
The Texas Capitol is where the state government of Texas meets! This is where laws and decisions about our state are made! Sounds like a pretty important building, huh?

Let's watch a quick video about the very important place we are about to visit!




History of the Capitol!
The first Texas State Capitol building was built in 1853! In 1881, only 28 years later, the building caught on fire and burnt down!
In 1888 a new Capitol building was completed! This is the same building that we are visiting today!
The Rotunda and The Dome
House of Representatives Chamber
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The Rotunda and The Dome
Past
Present

Virtual Field Trip Rules!
means quietly raise your hand to answer the question
means write your thoughts on a piece of paper
means think about a question
have fun and learn
The South Foyer
What Happens at the Capitol?
Do you know what happens at the Capitol? Who works there? What do they do?
Facts About the Capitol
The Capitol building is located in Austin, Texas.
Old Governor's Office
The Extension
The material the Capitol building is made of is called Sunset Red Granite. But it looks more like pink to me!
The Outside of The Capitol Building!
What is special about the city
Austin, Texas?
The legislative sessions are 140 days long and meet every odd numbered year, beginning the second Tuesday in January.
The Capitol is the place where laws for Texas are made and the state is governed! It contains the Governor's office and the legislative chambers.
The floor in the rotunda has the seals from the "Six Flags Over Texas"!
Can you name one of the six nations that once ruled Texas?
The star at the top of the dome is 8 feet wide!
Near the entrance of the Capitol is the Rotunda and the Dome!
This is the entrance to the Capitol building! It has life size statues of Sam Houston and Stephen Austin.
Replicas of these statues represent Texas in the U.S. Capitol building!
Sam Houston
Stephen Austin
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wallyg/8075972208/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wallyg/8075972320/
http://www.lrl.state.tx.us/legeLeaders/members/memberdisplay.cfm?memberID=224
The pictures of the kids on the composite are "mascots" and are usually kids or grand-kids of state legislators!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Texcapmosaicrotunda.jpg
http://www.austinlibrary.com/ahc/capitol/early.htm
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Texas_State_Capitol_building-front_left_front_oblique_view.JPG
Senate Chamber
This is where state senators debate and vote on laws!
This is where state congressmen debate and vote on laws!
There are 31 Texas state senators!
There are 150 Texas state congressmen!
http://tti.tamu.edu/group/stsc/files/2010/11/houselg.jpg
http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/senate/archives/Arch97/p120597a.htm
In 1993 the Capitol extension was completed. This is an underground extension of the Capitol building that was built to make room for more offices and amenities! Before, there simply wasn't enough space for everyone and everything!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/edwardnygmaphotography/7947357860/
House of Representatives Chamber
It may not look like a flag to you, but the item in the frame under the curtains is the flag from the 1836 Battle of San Jacinto. That's pretty old!
Senate Chamber
There are 2 important paintings in this room by a famous Texan painter, Henry Arthur McArdle.
Dawn at the Alamo
https://www.tsl.state.tx.us/mcardle/paintings/alamo.html
Battle of San Jacinto
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Battle_of_San_Jacinto_(1895).jpg
Old Supreme Court Courtroom
From 1888-1959 this was where the State Supreme Court made decisions about laws in Texas. Now the State Supreme Court works in a different building.
http://www.tspb.state.tx.us/SPB/gallery/SigSpace/3.htm
Information used in this presentation is from a guided tour at the Capitol and from the State Preservation Board's self-guided tour guide available at: http://www.tspb.state.tx.us/SPB/Plan/images/capitolwalkingtour_text.pdf
http://www.tspb.state.tx.us/SPB/gallery/SigSpace/5.htm
This is where the former Governors of Texas used to work until the 1930's! Now our Governor, Rick Perry, works in a different room--but he is a busy man so we can not go into that room!
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