Black and white photograph of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra on stage, ca. 1959.

The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra on stage

The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra on stage, ca. 1959.

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra

In 1959, a new orchestra was formed in St. Paul in order to attract more people to downtown. The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) held their first concert on November 18, 1959, in the Central High School auditorium. Since their debut, the SPCO has won several awards and has become the only full-time chamber orchestra in the United States.

The red Pipestone Quarry in Southwestern Minnesota. Pen and ink drawing of Rudolf Daniel Ludwig Cronau, 1881.

Pipestone Quarry

The red Pipestone Quarry in Southwestern Minnesota. Pen and ink drawing of Rudolf Daniel Ludwig Cronau, 1881.

Black and white photograph of the student cast of the drama “Elopement of Ellen,” at Graham Hall, ca. 1909.

Student cast of the drama “Elopement of Ellen,” at Graham Hall

The student cast of the drama “Elopement of Ellen,” at Graham Hall, ca. 1909. Image is from the Graham Hall annual catalog, 1909–1910.

The village of St. Paul, 1844. Etching by Charles William Post.

The village of St. Paul

The village of St. Paul, 1844. Etching by Charles William Post.

Scale drawing of the world’s largest peace pipe, c. 1998.

Scale drawing of the world’s largest peace pipe

Scale drawing of the world’s largest peace pipe, ca. 1998.

Scale drawing of the world’s largest peace pipe installed on the site of the Rock Island Depot, c. 1998.

Scale drawing of the world’s largest peace pipe installed on the site of the Rock Island Depot

Scale drawing of the world’s largest peace pipe installed on the site of the Rock Island Depot, ca. 1998.

View of Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington. A baseball game is being played on the field. Artist: Hazel Thorson Stoeckeler, 1964.

Painting of Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington

View of Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington. A baseball game is being played on the field. Artist: Hazel Thorson Stoeckeler, 1964.

Black and white photograph of The Beatles in concert at Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington, August 21, 1965. Photograph: Neale, St. Paul Dispatch & Pioneer Press.

The Beatles in concert at Metropolitan Stadium

The Beatles in concert at Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington, August 21, 1965. Photograph: Neale, St. Paul Dispatch & Pioneer Press.

Color image of Dakota beaded and ribbonwork moccasins, made by Sarah Good Thunder (Dakota), 1904. Inscribed: “Made by Mrs. Good Thunder for Mrs. Whipple 1904."

Dakota beaded and ribbonwork moccasins

Dakota beaded and ribbonwork moccasins, made by Sarah Good Thunder (Dakota), 1904. Inscribed: “Made by Mrs. Good Thunder for Mrs. Whipple 1904."

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