Happy 153rd anniversary, Kansas. And a dedication ceremony of the newly restored Kansas Capitol is a great way to celebrate Kansas’ admission to the Union as a free state. Gov. Sam Brownback and other dignitaries will speak at the ceremony, which begins at noon in the rotunda. The restoration project returned some of the original opulence and grandeur of the building, as workers polished the pressed copper and uncovered some of the gold leaf. There also is now a visitor center with historical displays and a gift shop selling Kansas products. An article in the Sunday Eagle reported that "Kansas' Capitol building was inspired by the state's residents and what they thought the future would hold." The restoration projects reflects pride in our state's past and continued optimism about its future.