Minnesota Sesquicentennial Activities.

President Bob Bruininks.This year we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Minnesota statehood, and the University of Minnesota is pleased to host a number of sesquicentennial events on our campuses statewide. We welcome our faculty, staff, and students; members of the extended University community; and the citizens of this great state to join us for thought-provoking exhibitions of music and the arts, engaging lectures and discussions, and more, throughout the year. It is our hope that these events will inspire us all to reflect upon the past and look ahead to future challenges and opportunities.

As we pause to honor Minnesota's deep roots and historic contributions, it is also appropriate that we acknowledge the role of the University and its threefold mission of education, research, and public engagement. We are proud to play a critical role in generating new knowledge to benefit the state and its citizens, and we are equally proud to participate in this great celebration.

Robert H. Bruininks

Sesquicentennial Song

Dean Sorenson, Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Minnesota, was commissioned by the Roseville Visitors Association to compose the Sesquicentennial song for Minnesota entitled, "Shines for All to See." Its world premiere took place on January 12, 2008, at the first annual Roseville Winter Jazz Festival, where the JazzMN Big Band, directed by Dr. Doug Snapp, performed the premiere. Singers Judy Donaghy and T. Mychael Rambo were the featured vocalists.

To hear the piece, please go to: http://www.visitroseville.com/audio/


Commemorating Discovery: Our Past and Our Future

April Panel Discussions

Listen to the presentations—Links to audio recordings of the presentations will be posted below as they become available.

See April Panel Discussions for descriptions and presenters.

Becoming Minnesota

Minnesota celebrates its 150th year of statehood in 2008. To commemorate this event, the Department of Archives and Special Collections in the University of Minnesota Libraries remounts its exhibit from the 2007 State Fair, displaying materials that portray Minnesota's people, recreation, the arts, industry, and agriculture.

Sesquicentennial Sampler.