It’s that time of year when the State Capitol Rotunda is filled with the fragrance of pine, children "ooh" and "ah" as they check out the train circling the Christmas tree, and of course the carolers whose melodies ring throughout the halls. It’s a perfect time to visit the State Capitol!
I’m thankful to have the privilege to represent the residents of the 62nd Assembly District in the State Assembly. It’s been a busy and fulfilling year and I’m looking forward to 2022, as I hope you are too.
Happy Christmas to you and yours!
Capitol Tours and Christmas Tree
The Capitol Christmas Tree is a 32-foot Balsam fir from the Menominee Tribal Enterprises Forestry Center in Keshena, Wisconsin. I encourage you to visit the State Capitol for a tour and viewing the tree. Free tours are offered daily, beginning at 9:00 AM. A Capitol Tour is a great way to experience Wisconsin history with your family! Find more information here, and if you have any questions, please call my office at 608-266-0731. When you visit the Capitol, please stop by my office for a visit as well.
2021 Wisconsin Historical Society's State Capitol Ornament is available, pictured above. The ornament features the magnificent Capitol Tree. Ornaments can be purchased in-person from the Capitol Tour desk or the Wisconsin Historical Society gift shop, or online from the Wisconsin Historical Society.
Hans Christian Heg's Birthday!
December 21st marks Hans Christian Heg's 192nd birthday!
Hans Christian Heg was born in Lier, Norway in 1829. In 1840, the Heg family moved to the Muskego settlement in Wisconsin, which later became the Town of Norway, in western Racine County's 62nd Assembly District. Hans Christian Heg became a rising politician in Wisconsin who abhorred slavery - he was an outspoken activist against the practice and in 1854 became a member of the newly incorporated Republican Party in Wisconsin.
During the Civil War, Hans Heg led the 15th Wisconsin Volunteer regiment at the battle of Chickamauga, where he was mortally wounded and died on September 20th, 1863, at the age of 34.
Pictured: My visits to the monuments of Hans Christian Heg at the Wisconsin State Capitol and in the Town of Norway, Wisconsin. Also included is the original statue of Heg in his birthplace of Lier, Norway, photographed by Town of Norway Chairperson Jean Jacobson.
Things to Do
Until Sunday, December 19 - A Christmas Story, Racine Theatre Guild
Wednesday, December 22 - Milaeger's Holiday Night Market
Until Sunday, January 2 - Wonderland of Lights, Racine Zoo
Until Saturday, January 1 - Christmas Carnival of Lights, Jellystone Park
Racine County Eye