Saturday, May 27, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: May 27

May 27, 1885 – The corner stone of the Congregational Academy at Excelsior, Minn., was successfully laid this morning with appropriate ceremonies. The attendance from Minneapolis, though large, was reduced by threatening weather of the early part of the day, but nearly all of Excelsior turned out to participate. The several military and civic societies, headed by the Marine band, met the Minneapolis delegation at the motor station and marched to the site of the academy, where the exercises were held.

The corner stone ceremonies opened with sacred music, scriptural reading and prayer. The ministers of nearly all the neighborhood Congregational churches were present and short addresses were made by a number of them.

The proposed academy is to be a preparatory school for the Congregational college, Carleton, at Northfield.

Carleton College, Northfield, Minn.1

The academy’s existence grew out of a mass meeting in Excelsior in Feb. 1884, when the articles of incorporation were formulated and a board of trustees elected. Fifty acres of land and $8,000 in money were donated, and the project was complete. The school will open in Sept., if possible, with Prof. E. V. Stevens in charge.

The new building will be frame, with selected white brick veneer, and will cost $6,000. It will be of a unique modern style of architecture.

The St. Paul Daily Globe; “The Excelsior Academy. The Corner Stone Laid—History of the Project.” May 28, 1885; p. 3.

Congregational Academy at Excelsior, Minn.2

From "The Northwest Tourist" May 30, 1885: "The cornerstone of Excelsior Academy was laid on Wednesday, May 27 1885. in the presence of seven or eight hundred people. Many from Wayzata, St. Paul, and Minneapolis to witness the ceremony and the occasion was one of great interest, not only to the citizens but to visitors. The latter were met at the motor terminus by the Board of Trustees, in carriages and a procession was formed and moved to the Academy grounds located about a half mile distant, Commander E. R. Perkins of Frank W. Halstead Post acting as Marshall."




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