On May 31, 1972 the Old Capitol was verified by the National Register of Historic Places. Join us just days before the 50th anniversary of this honor—175 years since the founding of our great university and 182 years since the cornerstone was first laid—for a very special Exhibition Spotlight: If Walls Could Talk. Let's examine our beloved Old Cap from every angle, Then & Now.
During this virtual webinar, we’ll travel back in time with Pentacrest Museums director Liz Crooks and local historian Tim Weitzel to recall Old Cap architectural history, the evolution of the building, and some fun stories you may have missed. Super secret bunker and tunnels beneath Old Cap? The false dome? The full story behind the restoration? What was here before? Tune in to learn more and participate in the Q&A.
This program is in conjunction with our current exhibition, Then & Now: 175 Years on the Pentacrest, now open in the Hanson Gallery at the Old Capitol Museum. We'll use the Exhibition Spotlight series to explore different aspects of the exhibition throughout 2022.
Speaker Bios:Liz Crooks has served as the director of the University of Iowa Pentacrest Museums since 2018. Liz holds an MA in Museum Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Book Arts. Born & raised in Iowa City, Crooks developed a passion for museums while visiting the museums she now oversees. She serves on numerous campus advisory committees, including the Museum Studies Certificate Program. Her other interests include live music, rowing, and more museums. Tim Weitzel earned a master's degree in Anthropology at the University of Iowa and has assisted local governments in building evaluations, architectural history, and history on a statewide basis. Locally he has performed research for the City of Iowa City and University Heights and is interested in local and Iowa history. In addition to his blog, he has written an article for the UI Pentacrest Museums in Spring of 2022 as well as contributing an essay for the book Finials: A View of Downtown Iowa City in 2015.