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.
In the Beginning, there was a Chapel.
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.