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October 30, 2007

Statehood Centennial Commission Records

Filed under: What's New — Matt Anderson @ 9:32 am

Placard for the Centennial CelebrationThe Minnesota Statehood Centennial Commission sponsored many different celebrations to commemorate the state’s centennial in 1958. One of the most successful projects was the Centennial Train, pictured here in a poster showing the Minnesota Centennial logo and the Centennial Train. From April to September 1958, the train stopped in 86 of Minnesota’s 87 counties (only Cook County, which had no railroad tracks, was excluded). A total of 633,347 persons toured the six cars of exhibits. Recently the records of the Centennial Commission were organized, described, and cataloged, making it easier to access this rich collection. Topics include county celebrations and fairs, Dan Patch horse races, the Festival of Nations, Fort Snelling restoration, historic tour program, Floyd B. Olson and Maria L. Sanford statues, pioneer recognition, Miss Centennial Minnesota, and Statehood Week. Records include correspondence, progress reports, brochures, programs, photographs, minutes, audio tapes, certificates, radio and television scripts, clippings, and a congratulatory telegram from President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

This collection provides wonderful documentation of how Minnesota celebrated its centennial and will be useful for planning the state’s sesquicentennial celebration in 2008. The Statehood Centennial Commission records are part of the State Archives collections, cataloged in the Society’s online catalog, MN PALS, and available for use in the Society’s Library.

Charles Rodgers, Government Records Specialist

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2 Responses to “Statehood Centennial Commission Records”

  1. Matt Anderson Says:

    Thanks for the comment, Jay. Minnesota became a territory in 1849 and celebrated its territorial centennial in 1949. We became a state in 1858 and celebrated our statehood centennial in 1958. Our statehood sesquicentennial is being celebrated this year, 150 years after Minnesota became a state.

  2. Jay Libby Says:

    Can you please tell me how the year 1949 fits into the Minnesota Centennial. I have truck/car liscense plates for 1949 that say CENTENNIAL on them, and some people claim that 1949 is the Minnesota Centennial. I remember 1958 as the year of the celebration. I was a teenager at the time. Thanks.

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