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Medal, plaque honor capitol architect

A plaque and medal will be unveiled in honor of Elijah E. Myers, architect of the Michigan, Colorado and Texas State Capitols, at a Dec. 2 dedication ceremony on the glass floor of the Michigan Capitol Rotunda.

Michigan State Rep. Steven Bieda,  chairman of the Myers Memorial Commission and member of the Michigan Capitol Committee, will be one of the speakers at the ceremony.

The Myers Memorial Commission was formed to memorialize the architect with the dedication of two plaques and the distribution of medals commemorating Myers.

The bronze plaque will be mounted in the Capitol building. A second will be dedicated in March at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit.

Bieda is credited with the design to be featured on 100,000 large dollar-sized aluminum medals. They will be given to visitors at the State Capitol over the next year.

The obverse of the depicts a portrait of Myers, along with the dates of his birth and death and his signature. 2009 marks the centennial of Myers’ death.

A limited edition of 100 silver proof medals have been struck and are available for purchase at $55 each, postpaid.

A commemorative card medal holder, autographed by Bieda, is available through December for $5 each or three for $10. The aluminum medal is included in the card.

The reverse portrays a close-up of the Michigan Capitol with a reference to the design of the Michigan, Texas and Colorado Capitols.

To order, send a check made payable to Friends of the Capitol and marked “Myers Medal” or “Myers Commemorative Card” to Capitol Memorabilia, Michigan Capitol Committee, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909-7514.

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