A New Home for Philo

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There is a new "Statuary Hall" at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington.  Each state gets to place two statues of its most deserving luminaries in the capitol.  Utah's first statue was of Brigham Young (who else?) and after a state-wide referendum back in 1990, the state's second statue was dedicated to the inventor of television. The new Statuary Hall is part of the newly opened Capitol Visitor Center:

The center provides far more than shelter from the elements. It is lined with statues of prominent Americans — some famous, some not.

They include Philo T. Farnsworth of Utah, who invented the television; Po'pay of New Mexico, who helped the Pueblo tribe survive; and John M. Clayton of Delaware, who held many offices but is most noted for negotiating the agreement for a canal linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

Now, if memory serves me, in the past, lunch has been served in Statuary Hall after the Presidential Inauguration ceremony on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.  I wonder where they'll be serving lunch this year?

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