Small Market Meetings

JUL 2017

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N e a r b y A t t r a c t i o n s C i v i l R i g h t s S i t e Destination Showcase 28 The Capitol Plaza in Topeka is a full-service hotel with 224 rooms. a boutique property that will open its doors in late summer 2018 with 106 guest rooms and 6,500 square feet of meeting space. Nearby Attractions Topeka tourism officials encourage visitors to stroll the Capitol grounds. "Our state house has undergone a nearly $400 million renovation," said Bell. "It was completed in 2014 and won awards for the work, which included the uncovering of hidden artwork and restoration of the copper dome." The building also offers a one-of-a-kind view. "It is the only capitol building in the nation where you can go up to the dome and step out onto an outdoor deck that allows you to walk 360 degrees around the building," said Michaela Saunders, director of brand strategy for the Visit Topeka. "There are both dome and historic tours offered." Evel Knievel was a major name in the daredevil entertainment busi- ness back in the 1970s. He is remembered for attempting to jump his motorcycle over a dozen buses or over a wide canyon, among other bone-crunching stunts. Topeka is the home of the surprisingly inter- esting Evel Knievel Museum, which opened recently inside a popular Harley-Davidson motorcycle dealership. The museum has the world's largest collection of jump bikes and other cool mementos from the folk hero, who died in 2007. "We have 90 percent of the memorabilia from his family in the museum," said Bell. Knievel has a connection to Topeka. "As a little kid, Evel Knievel saw a man do some trick riding on a motorcycle here in Topeka, and he went back home to Butte, Montana, and built his first bike ramp," said Saunders. "Much later, when everyone realized his connection to Topeka, we were really excited to bring his museum here." Civil Rights Site The U.S. Supreme Court's 1954 decision in Oliver Brown et al. v. Board of Education of Topeka is one of the most significant in the his- tory of the nation's highest court. The case challenged the constitution- ality of racial segregation in public schools across the nation. The

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