Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

A Minnesota school fills my heart with the Christmas spirit December 22, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Audrey Kletscher Helbling @ 9:30 AM

Historic Shumway Hall on the Shattuck campus, decorated for the annual Christmas Walk.

RAILINGS, WINDOWS, DOORS, festooned in greenery and in red bows, are all dressed in the finery of Christmas in this place of stone and of wood. This is Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Faribault.

Today I bring you this third, and final, photographic holiday post about a place that I find truly remarkable and inspiring for its architectural beauty, deep-rooted history and academic, artistic and athletic excellence.

Thank you to Shattuck-St. Mary’s for opening its doors to the community during the 7th annual Campus Christmas Walk and “Sounds of the Season” ice show in early December. I attended both and, as you will see, left with a camera full of images and a heart full of Christmas.

Christmas trees and wreaths set a festive mood on the Shattuck campus on Faribault's east side.

Faribault artist Jim Pichner sold his stained glass artwork during the Christmas Walk holiday market.

Stair railings and banisters, worn by hands and years, are dressed up for the holiday season at Shattuck.

An angel in a windowsill inspires on a stairway landing.

A wreath on Shumway Hall.

Skating to "Frosty the Snow Man," this group of young skaters draws loud applause from the crowd at Shattuck's ice show.

Students from Shattuck-St. Mary's figure skating program wow the crowd during the "Sounds of the Season" free ice show on December 12.

© Copyright 2009 Audrey Kletscher Helbling