The General John Newton prior to decommissioning

The General John Newton prior to her decommission by the Coast Guard, ca. 1958. Photographer likely the US Army Corps of Engineers but not noted on the University of Minnesota's record of this image.

Minnesota Centennial Showboat

University of Minnesota professor Frank M. "Doc" Whiting brought a unique type of theater entertainment to the Twin Cities with the opening of the Minnesota Centennial Showboat in 1958. For more than fifty years the showboat presented a variety of student theater productions, from melodrama to Shakespeare, in a floating venue on the Mississippi River.

Minnesota Centennial Showboat moored at Harriet Island Regional Park

The new Minnesota Centennial Showboat moored at Harriet Island Regional Park, St. Paul, 2014. Viewed across the Mississippi River from Upper Landing Park. Photograph by Wikimedia Commons user McGhiever; shared under the Creative Commons Attribution-share Alike 4.0 International license.

Frank M. Whiting

Frank M. Whiting

Frank M. Whiting, director of the University of Minnesota's theater program, 1973.

Minnesota Centennial Showboat

Minnesota Centennial Showboat on the Mississippi River

Minnesota Centennial Showboat, ca. 1968. Photograph by the University of Minnesota Photographic Laboratory.

Minnesota Centennial Showboat being towed

The Minnesota Centennial Showboat being towed to a performance site on the Mississippi River, 1965. Photograph by the University of Minnesota Photographic Laboratory.

Minnesota Centennial Showboat and performers

Minnesota Centennial Showboat and performers

Minnesota Centennial Showboat and performers, 1965. Photograph by the University of Minnesota Photographic Laboratory.

Bloomer Girl (a Minnesota Centennial Showboat production)

Bloomer Girl (a Minnesota Centennial Showboat production)

Postcard showing cast members of the Minnesota Centennial Showboat production Bloomer Girl (University of Minnesota, 1961). Photograph by the University of Minnesota Photographic Laboratory.

Minnesota Centennial Showboat

Minnesota Centennial Showboat

Minnesota Centennial Showboat, ca. 1960. Photograph by the University of Minnesota Photographic Laboratory.

Minnesota Centennial Showboat at Stillwater levee

Minnesota Centennial Showboat at Stillwater levee

Minnesota Centennial Showboat at Stillwater levee, 1958. Photograph by John Runk.

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