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For several months, MotionMasters has been looking for pictures, film, video, interviews and memorabilia that tell the history of West Virginia’s state Capitol. In recent weeks, we’ve captured the removal for restoration of the Rotunda’s 4,000-pound crystal chandelier, interviewed a number of people with fascinating perspectives on the 75 year old icon and traveled to our nation’s capital to view other buildings designed by Cass Gilbert including the U.S. Supreme Court. These will all be woven into the first documentary ever produced about the history of our state Capitol.

Fund raising for this educational package is ongoing. Our deepest gratitude to all those who have contributed or made pledges to the project so far. Major support for the project is being provided by the West Virginia Lottery. Appalachian Power, a generous supporter of several previous MotionMasters documentaries, is providing additional funding for the project. The full list of donors to date includes: West Virginia Lottery; Appalachian Power; Bowles, Rice McDavid Graff & Love LLP; Central West Virginia CVB; Dow Chemical Company; Governor’s Office; Huntington Foundation; Schoenbaum Family Foundation; West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts; Columbia Gas Transmission; Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation; Robert H. Mollohan Family Charitable Foundation; Tri-State Racetrack & Gaming Center; Walker Machinery; Chesapeake Energy and the Haddad Foundation. Providing in-kind contributions are the Charleston Marriott Town Center and the Huntington Museum of Art.

MotionMasters is anxious for this remarkable story to be shared. As production continues, we will keep you updated on some of the additional aspects of the documentary “Temple of Democracy.”

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