On Thursday, May 11th, Minnesota turns 165 years of age, and the chandelier at the top of the Capitol Rotunda will be switched on. This is the only time this occurs and it will burn for 24 hours.
This week is dubbed Statehood Week and various offerings are displayed in the State Capitol. There are photographs of the previous capitols, which all burnt down, and the cartoonish drawing which is alleged to be the reason we are called the Gopher State, which was largely attributed to the role the interests such as the Trusts played in our past, specifically in railroad expansion.
Courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society