The Sesquicentennial Celebration
at Winona State University


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University History

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150 Years Merchandise


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Gala Week

Gallery Exhibits

Prairie Home Companion

On August 2, 1858, the Minnesota state government was just 93 days old.  On the suggestion of Dr. John D. Ford of Winona, it enacted legislation establishing a normal school system, with an institution going to the first city that came up with $5,000 in donations of money or land to erect buildings and support professors.  Almost overnight, Ford secured $7,000 from his fellow citizens. With the agreement of the state legislature and Governor Henry Sibley, the first public teacher training institution west of the Mississippi was located in Winona. The Winona State Normal School was born that day, 150 years ago.

We want to honor the partnership between the university and the community that was established 150 years ago by inviting all of Winona to join us for our Sesquicentennial Celebration.  Beginning with a Kick-Off Picnic after the Homecoming Parade, and continuing with art exhibits, speakers, conferences and a Gala Weekend in April; we welcome you to be a part of it all.




Last Modified: Friday, March 06, 2009 12:56

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