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From chapel to capital: a lecture on the history of the Cathedral of St. Paul

The Washington County Historical Society is excited to announce a free lecture on the history of the Cathedral of St. Paul by Mark Labine of the French-American Heritage Foundation on Tuesday, August 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the Washington County Heritage Center. The Washington County Heritage Center is located at 1862 South Greeley Street, Stillwater, MN 55082.

Lecturer Mark Labine writes, “On the Feast of All Saint’s Day, November 1, 1841, a small log chapel was dedicated on the bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. At the time the chapel was built, there were only a few French-Canadian families living in the area. Little did these early settlers know that this little chapel would become a cathedral, a school, a hospital, and would be the inspiration and beginning of a city that would adopt its name and become the capital of the State of Minnesota.”

Mark Labine is the descendant of Joseph and Isaac Labissoniere, who were two of the eight builders who built the St. Paul Chapel. They were some of the first pioneers who settled in Minnesota. He is a member of the French-American Heritage Foundation.

The Washington County Heritage Center will be open at 6:00 p.m. for event attendees to experience the museum at a discounted rate prior to the event at 7:00 p.m. The program will also be available virtually on Zoom. Please visit wchsmn.org/events to register.

The program is free to the public. No reservations are required. For questions, contact Washington County Heritage Center Site Manager Emily Krawczewski at [email protected] or 651-439-2298. The Washington County Heritage Center is open for visitors Tuesday- Sunday from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Founded in 1934, the Washington County Historical Society is a donor-supported, nonprofit organization with more than 750 individual, family, and business members. WCHS is supported by individual gifts, memberships and earned income, and foundation grants.

Seen here perched on a hill above Old Kellog Boulevard, a free presentation on the St. Paul Cathedral will be given by Mark Lebine of the French-American Heritage Foundation on Tuesday August 2 at 7 p.m. at the Washington County Heritage Center in Stillwater. The Heritage Center at which the presentation will be is located at 1862 South Greeley Street in Stillwater. Cathedral photo by Joseph Back while in area.

July 27, 2022