Building 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.

People of the Past
Who was connected to civic and school buildings?

Extraordinary and Everyday Events
What past community events were the talk of the town?

Fun Features
Which civic locations were special to Faribault residents?

Secret Stories
What stories did state schools harbor?

Virtual Tour
Ten great community sites.



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