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Opening Reception

Location: Senate Chambers, Old Capitol
University of Iowa Campus
Date: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Time: 4–8 p.m.

  • Registration
  • Social reception
  • Opening speaker presentations

Old Capitol has been a landmark in Iowa City for more than 150 years, serving Iowa as a seat of government and education. It symbolizes Iowans’ pride for the University of Iowa and the state. When construction began on the Old Capitol on July 4, 1840, Iowa City became the state’s second seat of government. It was here that Iowa transitioned to statehood and inagurated the state’s first governor. Iowa’s first six general assemblies met here and drafted the state’s constitution, which still functions as the fundamental law of Iowa.

Old Capitol on the University of Iowa Pentacrest is a popular spot for studying and relaxing.

Old Capitol on the University of Iowa Pentacrest is a popular spot for studying and relaxing. University Communication and Marketing Photography /University of Iowa

In 1857, the state government moved to Des Moines and Old Capitol became the University of Iowa’s first building. The University began educating students in March 1855, and since then, Old Capitol has remained a focal point for the university, serving as library, chapel, armory, and classroom and office space. Today, it functions as a museum and a historic venue for events and receptions.

Map: Old Capitol

Last modified on July 17th, 2014
Posted on July 3rd, 2013