St. Paul Chapel

In the Beginning, there was a Chapel.

On the Feast of All Saint’s Day, November 1, 1841, a small log chapel was dedicated on the bluff overlooking the Mississippi river. At the time the chapel was built, there were only a few French Canadian families living in the area. Little did these early settlers know that this little chapel would become a cathedral, a school, a hospital, and would be the inspiration and beginning of a city that would adopt its name and become the capital of the State of Minnesota.

 On November 1, 2016, an event was held to honor the French Canadian settlers who built this chapel and formed the nucleus of the city of St Paul.  Mary Lethert Wingerd, a professor of history at St. Cloud State University, was the speaker at the Minnesota History Center from 6 pm to 9 pm. She is the author of North Country: The Making of Minnesota, and Claiming the City: Politics, Faith, and the Power of Place in St. Paul.