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Group photo, all-county chorus among state sesquicentennial plans

The Sesquicentennial Commission is inviting all current and former state officials & their decedents to be a part of a historic photo for Statehood Day, May 11. They're also looking for any Minnesotans who want to sing at the May 18 Statehood Ceremony.

Historic group photo

Minnesota Sesquicentennial planners are pulling together a reunion of historic proportions by gathering current and former state officials and their descendants for a historic photo on the steps of the State Capitol in St. Paul on May 11.

This includes territorial and state constitutional officers, legislators, and State Supreme Court justices.

Anyone interested in being a part of this photo should contact the Sesquicentennial offices at or by phone at (651)-296-1870.

Participants will begin lining up at 2:30p.m. on May 11 outside the Capitol on the south steps. After the 3 p.m. photo, the assembled crowd will help welcome the Sesquicentennial Wagon Train as it arrives at the Capitol.

Sesquicentennial Chorus

Sesquicentennial organizers are also calling for singers of any age for a one-time-only Minnesota Statehood Sesquicentennial Chorus.

The chorus will sing several Minnesota favorites, including Minnesota Hail to Thee, at the Minnesota State Capitol, May 18, as part of the official statehood commemoration ceremony, which starts at 6:58 p.m.

The choir will be under the direction of conductor Philip Brunelle and accompanied by the University of Minnesota Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dean Sorenson.

The Commission hopes to have all 87 Minnesota counties represented and urges anyone with a formal or informal singing background to contact choir coordinator Anna Johnson by emailing

Individuals can also register at the Sesquicentennial Commission's website by clicking on the choral link under "Get Involved."

The Sesquicentennial is a yearlong, statewide commemoration of 150 years of statehood and a catalyst to learn from our past and connect all Minnesotans in creating a thriving, innovative future.

The Minnesota Sesquicentennial Commission, created by the Legislature in 2005 to coordinate Sesquicentennial events and projects, selected four major theme areas for the 150th observances: Education, Innovation, Arts & Culture, and Health & Wellness. In addition, they will be shining the spotlight on Minnesota's natural resources and our great outdoors heritage.

The Commission is joined in this effort by the Minnesota Historical Society, the University of Minnesota, and the Minnesota State College and University System as key players, along with Explore Minnesota Tourism, the Department of Natural Resources and other state agencies and private and non-profit partners.