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Knowledge of Higher Worlds and its Attainment

Rudolf Steiner

The Haunted Bookshop

Christopher Morely

Novalis Including Hymns to the Night

Novalis, George MacDonald, Thomas Carlyle

The Diplomatic Background of the War

Charles Seymour

Minnesota Historical Society collections

by Minnesota Historical Society



200TH Anniversary


Discovery of the Falls of Saint Anthony


Note.—The Minnesota Historical Society, early in the year 1880, resolved to appropriately celebrate the two hundreth anniversary of the discovery of the Falls of Saint Anthony, by Father Louis Hennepin, which occurred in 1680. In this they were generously and energetically aided by the oltlzens of Mlnnneapolis, whose liberal and well-planned arrangements made the celebration a complete success. The exact date of the discovery cannot be fixed, but the third of July (the fourth falling on Sunday) was selected as the day for the celebration, on account of Its being a public holiday. The subjoined account of the exercises is from the Saint Paul Dailv Globe, of July 4, 1880:

The city of Minneapolis never saw such a day as yesterday. It almost appeared as though the inanimate earth on which the city is built—her magnificent blocks of buildings, her immense mills and even the grand Falls themselves, were aware that something more than ordinary was taking place. The broad avenues were teeming with life, and every artery of the city pulsed with a glad and gleesome feeling, which developed itself in the smiling countenances of her citizens, and the outward emblems of general rejoicing. Most of the business houses and many private dwellings were decorated with flags, evergreens, etc., all testifying to the general joy felt by all. In fact, it was Minneapolis' "Saturday out," and she enjoyed it. The privacy of home and the conventionalities of society which ordinarily "doth hedge us in" were for the once laid aside, and all, whether old or young, regardless of previous condition, gave themselves up to a gala day. The moving tide of humanity, the gaily decked blocks of buildings, the floating stars and stripes, and the general air of pleasure everywhere visible, conspired to give the locality a holiday appearance never seen before. Certainly not since the day Father Hennepin looked upon it and pronounced it good, two hundred years ago.


The official program for the day had announced that the procession would be formed promptly at 9 a. m. Committees of arrangements may propose, but it not infrequently happens that those who take part in pageants of this character, dispose of time to suit their convenience. It so happened yesterday. As early as 8 o'clock all the principal streets of the city were filled with people on foot, in carriages, on horseback and in arms, waiting for the procession to form. It was somehow understood that General Sherman, Secretary Ramsey* and other notables were to arrive at an early hour at the University, and come from thence to the Nicollet House, where arrangements were to be made for assigning them positions in the grand procession. An immense throng of people assembled in front of the hotel and for over an hour waited patiently, in the broiling sun, to catch a glimpse of the distinguished visitors. About half past ten their curiosity was satisfied, for at that hour a number of carriages containing General Sherman, Secretary Ramsey, Hon. E. B. Washburne and other distinguished gentlemen, drove to the main entrance of the hotel. The features of nearly all were familiar to the dense throng, and as they alighted from their carriages they were greeted with a succession of cheers. A few moments were spent in the parlors of the Nicollet to allow for introductions, refreshments, etc., when the party once more took their places in carriages and proceeded to Bridge Square where the grand procession was formed in the following order, under the command of Gen. T. L. Rosser, marshal of the day, assisted by some aids:


Gen. Rosser, Marshal of the Day and Aide, Officer Hoy. Platoon of Sixteen Minneapolis Police, Commanded by Sergeant West. Great Western Union Band. Hon. W. D. Washburn and Mayor Rand in Carriages. General W. T. Sherman and Secretary of War Ramsey. Governor Pillsbury. Ex-Governor C. C. Washburn and Rev. Mr. Neill. Hon. E. B. Washburne, D. Morrison and Anthony Kelly. Members of the City Council.

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