Students in library, Mankato Normal School

Students in library, Mankato Normal School

Three female students studying in the library, Mankato Normal School, c.1900.

Old Main, Mankato Normal School

Old Main, Mankato Normal School

Old Main and students from Mankato Normal School, 1874.

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato was founded as Minnesota's second normal school in 1868. It went through phases as a normal school, teachers college, college, and university. By 2011 it was one of Minnesota's largest and most comprehensive universities.

Pillsbury Hall; Jones Hall to the right

Pillsbury Hall; Jones Hall to the right

Pillsbury Hall, University of Minnesota campus, c.1900. Jones Hall is under construction to the right.

Pillsbury Hall

Pillsbury Hall

Pillsbury Hall, University of Minnesota campus, c.1900. Photographer: Sweet.

Pillsbury Hall, University of Minnesota

Pillsbury Hall, University of Minnesota

Close-up of entrance to Pillsbury Hall, University of Minnesota campus, 1893. Photographer: Ralph D. Cleveland.

Pillsbury Hall

Pillsbury Hall

Pillsbury Hall, back of building, 1890–1899. Photographer: Frank T. Wilson.

Pillsbury Hall

Pillsbury Hall

Pillsbury Hall, University of Minnesota campus, c.1900. Photographer: James Methven.

Pillsbury Hall, University of Minnesota

Designed by Leroy Buffington and Harvey Ellis in the Richardsonian Romanesque style, Pillsbury Hall at the University of Minnesota opened in 1889 and is part of the National Register-listed Old Campus Historic District.

Statue of John S. Pillsbury

Statue of John S. Pillsbury

Close-up, statue of John S. Pillsbury, 1914-1915. Photograph by Charles J. Hibbard.

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