Shaping the Community

Civic and School Life

At the turn of the century, a local promoter gave Faribault the nickname “Athens of the West,” referring to the variety of civic and educational opportunities the city offered. Four Episcopal schools were established in the town, culminating today in Shattuck-St. Mary’s School. The Minnesota legislature also granted three state schools to Faribault, offering education to deaf, blind, and developmentally disabled students. Impressive public buildings and events which celebrated community achievements invoked civic pride for city leaders and citizens.

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People of the Past

Who was connected to civic and school buildings?

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Extraordinary and Everyday Events

What past community events were the talk of the town?

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Fun Features

Which civic locations were special to Faribault residents?

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Secret Stories

What stories did state schools harbor?

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Virtual Tour

Ten great community sites.