The Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism and the Main Street program recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony for a series of new benches featuring the town’s history in downtown Faribault. Head of School Matt Cavellier and Associate Head of School Courtney Cavellier attended the ribbon cutting ceremony, as Shattuck-St. Mary’s School was represented in its very own bench.
The Main Street Design Committee began the project nearly four and a half years ago, with the idea for a series of benches that would tell the story of Faribault, while providing a place for citizens to rest and spend time together.
Earlier on in the project, our Head of School was contacted about joining the project by sponsoring a bench. So, of course, he chose to sponsor the bench depicting the history of Shattuck-St. Mary’s School. As a frontier school which opened in 1858, SSM helped contribute to Faribault’s origin and remains one of the oldest schools in the state.
All of the benches combine function, art, and history. The cast iron ends were locally crafted in Winona, Minnesota, while the steel seats were made here in Faribault. They were also assembled and painted in Faribault, using photos from the Rice County Historical Society.
The Shattuck-St. Mary’s bench rests outside the all-new Janna’s Market Grill at 129 Central Ave N, which has replaced Bernie’s Grill since the COVID-19 lockdown. It holds photos of Bishop Whipple, cadets on the Parade Field during Shattuck’s military days, and the original St. Mary’s Hall, along with brief descriptions of our School’s history.
If you’re masked up and walking downtown, take a stroll past the SSM bench to learn more about the historic role SSM played in the early days of Faribault. You can also visit the new mural of Bishop Whipple in Central Park; read more about the mural here.