Gov. Tony Evers, in a letter to educators and students, announced “Hometown for the Holidays” as the theme for the 2021 Capitol Holiday Tree that is displayed in the rotunda of the Wisconsin State Capitol and serves as a centerpiece of festivity for those visiting and working at the Capitol building. Each year, the Capitol Holiday Tree is filled with handmade ornaments from kids, students, and families from every corner of the state. This year, students are invited to contribute handmade ornaments showcasing their hometown, neighborhood, or local area, the strength of neighbors and community, or what their hometown or our home state mean to them.
“The past two years have challenged our state and our country more than we ever could have imagined, but Wisconsinites have displayed incredible resilience and we have worked together to face some of these challenges head-on,” said Gov. Evers. “When we were facing some of our toughest days, one thing remained the same—the grit and tenacity of us as people and the strength we find in community and the place we call home. Home means different things to all of us, and we hope this theme will help us celebrate the strength, diversity, and beauty of communities right here in Wisconsin.”
The 2021 Capitol Holiday Tree that will be on display in the Capitol Rotunda is a 32-foot balsam fir that was donated to the people of Wisconsin from the Menominee Nation. The tree was harvested from the grounds of the Menomonie Tribal Enterprise Forestry Center in Keshena, Wisconsin.
“Hometown for the Holidays” theme ornaments should be sent by Fri., Nov. 19, 2021 to:
Emily Gorman Wisconsin Department of Administration Division of Facilities and Transportation Services 17 West Main Street, Suite 119 Madison, WI 53703
The letter sent to Wisconsin educators with additional information and instructions regarding the 2021 State Capitol Holiday Tree can be found here.