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Black and white photograph of composer Paul Fetler (at the piano) with Alice Gustava Smith (Sister Maris Stella), c.1969.

Paul Fetler and Alice Gustava Smith (Sister Maris Stella)

Composer Paul Fetler (at the piano) with Alice Gustava Smith (Sister Maris Stella), c.1969.

Smith, Alice Gustava (Sister Maris Stella) (1899–1987)

Alice Gustava Smith, better known by her students and readers as Sister Maris Stella, taught English at the College of St. Catherine (now St. Catherine University) in St. Paul for nearly fifty years. During that time she also published books of verse that built her reputation as a skilled and spiritual poet.

Color postcard of the 1937 Winter Carnival Ice Palace.

1937 Winter Carnival Ice Palace postcard view

Postcard of the 1937 Winter Carnival Ice Palace.

Color image of Hmong recording artists Kong and Shu perform at the 11th Annual Hmong Arts & Music Festival at Como Park in St. Paul, July, 2014.

Hmong Arts & Music Festival

Hmong recording artists Kong and Shu perform at the 11th Annual Hmong Arts & Music Festival at Como Park in St. Paul, July, 2014. Photographed by Fres Thao.

Color image of models participating in the Fresh Traditions VII Fashion Show, October, 2013.

Fresh Traditions VII Fashion Show

Models participating in the Fresh Traditions VII Fashion Show, October, 2013. Photographed by Andrew Xiong.

Color image of Hmong youth participate in Art Saves Us: Beyond the Noise, collaboratively creating original music in the Center for Hmong Arts & Culture’s (CHAT’s) St. Paul studio, May, 2013.

Art Saves Us

Hmong youth participate in Art Saves Us: Beyond the Noise, collaboratively creating original music in the Center for Hmong Arts & Talent's (CHAT’s) St. Paul studio, May, 2013. Photographed by Fres Thao.

Center for Hmong Arts & Talent (CHAT)

The Center for Hmong Arts & Talent (CHAT) is an arts advocacy group based in St. Paul’s Frogtown neighborhood. Since its inception in 1998, CHAT has transformed into a social justice arts organization that engages with local and national Hmong communities. In addition to providing diverse arts-based programs, CHAT uses innovative strategies to address social issues affecting Hmong Americans.

Black and white photograph of Musicians of the Sixteenth Battalion Band, c.1918.

Sixteenth Battalion musicians

Musicians of the Sixteenth Battalion Band, c.1918.

Color image of the altar and baldachin (decorative canopy) inside the St. Paul Cathedral. Photographed by Paul Nelson on July 10, 2014.

Altar and baldachin

Altar and baldachin (decorative canopy) inside the St. Paul Cathedral. Photographed by Paul Nelson on July 10, 2014.

Color image of a station of the cross set on travertine (limestone) inside the St. Paul Cathedral. Photographed by Paul Nelson on July 16, 2014.

Cross station

Station of the cross set on travertine (limestone) inside the St. Paul Cathedral. Photographed by Paul Nelson on July 16, 2014.

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