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A Century of Saints



History Journal


St. Scholastica has a history of strong leaders, a dynamic culture and powerful traditions. This journal explores the College's colorful past through regular updates.





THE CASTLE ON THE HILL
01/14/2011

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Tower Hall is an imposing, regal structure. If you have a good set of eyes (or a serviceable substitute, like binoculars) and know where to look, you can see it from Lake Superior. I was out on a fishing boat last summer with a few friends and I looked up ... read more »




THE WEAVING OF THE STANDARDS
04/28/2011

"The traditional weaving of the College standard will climax activities for the seniors when they assemble on the East campus of the College to observe Class Day June 7.  "The standard symbolizes the outward expression of the ideals of the College. The colors of the College, purple symbolizing dignity, and ... read more »




REMEMBERING ST. SCHOLASTICA
09/19/2011

The video below was created from recordings made at a reunion in the 1980s. St. Scholastica graduates share stories about their favorite teachers, the weaving of the standards, living in Tower Hall, and how important St. Scholastica was to their life. My favorite story is about a former prefect and ... read more »




THE GREY SWEATER
12/23/2010

Through the hard work of our archivist Heidi Johnson (and other's, I'm certain), St. Scholastica is blessed with a digital publications archive , a wealth of information, stories, old advertisements, and a look at life at the school from days gone by. In honor of the Christmas holiday that is ... read more »




FROM THE ARCHIVES: BE KIND TO DOORS
01/02/2011

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Once a month, I'd like to feature an article, image, or something else of interest from our awesome publication archives. If you come across something that you'd like me to feature here, please email me at centennial@css.edu . December's selection is from the February 8, 1933 edition of The Scriptorium ... read more »




SPIRIT OF BENEDICT: ST. SCHOLASTICA'S 75TH ANNIVERSARY VIDEO
11/01/2011

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St. Scholastica celebrated its 75th anniversary in 1987. The school commissioned a video to look at the past, present and future of the institiution. The video has some great archival images of the school's early days, as well as many interviews with prominent faculty and staff members from the mid-eighties. ... read more »




CONSTRUCTION OF CEDAR HALL
07/07/2011

Cedar Hall opened in the fall of 2004 and provides apartment housing for sophomore, junior and senior students. Cedar Hall units house four students and include a living room, two good-sized bedrooms, kitchen, dining area and full bath. Here's a great time-lapse video of the construction of Cedar Hall. Enjoy!... read more »




A REMARKABLE GROUP OF WOMEN
08/25/2011

In 1900, women were still 20 years away from being legally allowed to vote in elections, run for public office or serve on juries. Their economic freedom was severly limited and often tied to their marital status, and, through the institution, to their husband. Career options were limited. Women primarily ... read more »




STANBROOK HALL
02/03/2012

Stanbrook Hall was constructed during Mother Agnes Somers' great building project in 1937, along with Rockhurst Hall, Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel and the Library. This project was started during the depths of the Great Depression, and it is a testament to Sr. Somers' vision for the future that ... read more »




IN THE BEGINNING. . .
12/10/2010

In the beginning, there was nothing. Or very little, at least. Duluth was a busted town, unincorporated after financier Jay Cooke's banking empire collapsed in 1873 and most of the jobs and people moved away. A few thousand hardy souls clung to the rocks, eking out a living until the ... read more »




THE GREAT DIVIDE
12/16/2010

Mother Aloysia and others at Minnehaha Falls, 1880 In 1890, Mother Scholastica Kerst was replaced as prioress of St. Benedict's by Mother Aloysia Bath . The election was heated, and it reopened old wounds. Mother Scholastica had been a strong leader for St. Ben's, but her decisiveness and quick action made ... read more »




A STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
11/10/2010

Welcome to St. Scholastica's Centennial History blog. Over the next 18-20 months, I'll be exploring St. Scholastica's rich history and traditions with a weekly post. Who am I and what am I doing? My name is Aaron Richner, and I work in College Communications. I write, gather, and organize content ... read more »




THE SKYLINE SINGERS
04/05/2011

The Skyline Singers were a select group of singers active from the 1940's through the 1980's. They performed regularly on campus and toured the iron range, Ohio, South Dakota, Michigan and Canada. The Skyline Singers were broadcast regularly on WEBC radio in Duluth in the 40's and 50's. In the ... read more »




A FALL TOUR OF CAMPUS
02/24/2011

Hello! I'm back. The history journal has been on hiatus for the past month or so while I've acclimated to the joys of fatherhood. Up until this point, we've been talking about people and events from over a century ago. My goal with this column is to tie St. Scholastica's ... read more »




THE DAISY FARM
01/07/2011

As the 19th century turned into the 20th, the Duluth Benedictine Sisters were once again outgrowing their space. They had previously operated a school and lived at Munger Terrance , but had quickly out grown the space. In 1904, they moved to the Sacred Heart Institute at 3rd Ave. and ... read more »




CANCER RESEARCH AT ST. SCHOLASTICA
06/15/2011

Click to enlarge In the spring of 1946, St. Scholastica opened a cancer research lab in conjunction with Institutum Divi Thomae in Cincinnati, OH. The Institutum Divi Thomae was a scientific research center organized by Rev. John T. McNicholas, Archbishop of Cleveland, for graduate students preparing to do specialized research. ... read more »




THE SCRIPTORIUM
03/18/2011

Isn't that a great name? It sounds like a great, echo-y building that houses the collected knowledge of the ancient world, like the library of Alexandria. It's also the name of St. Scholastica's first student newspaper. The first issue was published on January 13, 1932, and it published weekly through ... read more »




GIVING BACK: THE THANKSGIVING BUFFET
11/23/2011

This Thursday will mark the 22nd occurrence of the annual Thanksgiving Buffet. When Superior resturanteur Dan Cohen first came up with the idea to offer free meals to the homeless, the hungry, the elderly and the alone on Thanksgiving Day in 1990 he wasn't thinking two decades down the road. ... read more »




NO BARRIERS: THE ENCORE PROGRAM AT ST. SCHOLASTICA
08/29/2011

St. Scholastica has a long tradition of educating non-traditional students. The ENCORE! program was launched 30 years ago, in the fall of 1981. It grew out of adult degree programs that St. Scholastica had started in the 1970s and was open to anyone over 23 or out of school for ... read more »




IN HONOR OF SR. MARY ODILE CAHOON
10/05/2011

Sr. Mary Odile Cahoon shares her thoughts on the Benedictine values Sr. Mary O. gives a lecture on Charles Darwin and evolution Local news coverage of Sr. Mary O. sharing her thoughts about Will Steger's 1995 Trans-Antarctic expedition I never had the pleasure of meeting Sr. Mary Odile Cahoon in ... read more »




RICHARD TESKE SPEAKS ON HEALTH CARE POLICY, 1985
08/01/2011

One of the biggest political debates over the past few years (and likely the next few as well) is over the role of the federal government should play in health care. The passage of the Affordable Care Act brought this subject to the forefront of public conversation, but it's a ... read more »


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