Minnesota Statehood Centennial Commission

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Robert L. Snook was employed by the Commission from October 1957 to October 1958 as head of the Pageantry and Drama Consulting Service, which assisted county Centennial committees, schools, churches and organizations in planning and producing historical stage presentations incorporating the Centennial theme. He made 60 trips to communities throughout the state, serving as a consultant in 33 major pageants and two major musicals. He also produced the Statehood Day Commemorative Ceremony, Capitol rotunda ceremonies inaugurating the Centennial year, and several television programs; cooperated with the University of Minnesota Drama Advisory Service in publishing the pamphlet History Through Drama; developed and published a listing of music selections for use in Centennial productions; reproduced and distributed select scripts for use throughout the state; and coordinated the appearances of Miss Centennial Minnesota Diane Albers.

From the description of Pageantry and Drama Consulting Service files, 1956-1958. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 313867984

From the guide to the Pageantry and Drama Consulting Service files., 1956-1958., (Minnesota Historical Society)

One of the major events of Statehood Week, the Saturday, May 10 parade, coordinated by Ray P. Speer, featured the theme "Pride in Minnesota." It included 290 musical groups, floats, nationality groups, antique vehicles, riding clubs, clowns, and marching units from 59 counties and 23 nations. Over 1000 uniformed military personnel also marched behind massed colors. Beginning at the State Fairgrounds, where it was reviewed by officials and noted guests, the 3 1/2 hour parade then moved along Snelling Avenue past more than 200,000 spectators.

From the description of Parade of the Century files, 1956-1958. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 313868010

From the guide to the Parade of the Century files., 1956-1958., (Minnesota Historical Society)

F. William Stohr and Art Nyhus, the Commission's field representatives, served as liaisons to the county Centennial committees. They traveled over 150,000 miles visiting committees to make suggestions, build enthusiasm, and advise in planning, preparing, and executing local events. They also worked closely in the development of the Speaker's Information Bureau, the promotional filmstrip "Everybody Ready? Let's Go!," and the twenty-one issues of the monthly Centennial Bulletin, and coordinated the September 1957 St. Paul clinic for county chairmen and seven regional clinics in January 1958.

From the description of Field files, 1954-1958. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 313867926

From the guide to the Field files., 1954-1958., (Minnesota Historical Society)

The files also contain information on distinguished American guests, particularly U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles and Allied Powers in Europe supreme commander General Lauris Norstad.

The international guest program, chaired by former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark, Eugenie Anderson, recognized that Minnesota's heritage included settlers from many nations. Invitations to participate in the Statehood Week celebration were sent by Governor Orville L. Freeman to a large number of foreign governments; twenty-six accepted and sent representatives. The May 8 arrival of the Scandinavian delegation, including Norway's Princess Astrid, Sweden's Prince Bertil, and the Norwegian, Danish, and Finnish prime ministers, began the international guests festivities. Other countries represented were Yugoslavia, Iceland, Rumania, India, Lithuania, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Latvia, Greece, Great Britain, Japan, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Spain, and Lebanon. Throughout Statehood Week special events were held for the international guests, culminating with the Parade of the Century and Minnesota Statehood Centennial Banquet and New Century Eve Ball on Saturday and the Statehood Day Commemorative Ceremony on Sunday.

From the description of International and distinguished guests files, 1956-1958. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 313867993

The publicity and promotion department worked to give the public a complete and balanced picture of Minnesota: its way of life, traditions, history, people, outstanding tourist facilities, and cultural, educational, and scientific achievements and potential. Under Publicity and Promotion Director Don Padilla, the department operated on two levels-state/regional and national/international. It was aided by a New York public relations firm, the Vernon Pope organization, and the USIA (United States Information Agency). There was also an advisory committee chaired by Ray Mithun.

Besides coverage by almost every newspaper, television and radio station in the state, the Centennial was featured in numerous national and international newspapers, magazines, and radio and television programs including the actual airing of the TODAY Show and Queen for a Day from Minnesota; and was integrated into three major comic strips and Ripley's Believe It or Not cartoons.

The staff wrote and distributed more than 400 separate news stories; hosted 225 American and foreign news representatives; produced three Centennial calendars listing more than 200 events; co-developed a tourism book, 100 Years of Vacationland Fun, with the Department of Business Development; created and oversaw distribution of promotional booths and displays for local and national sports and travel shows and conventions; coordinated nearly 100 official Centennial souvenirs, including key chains, bumper and emblem stickers, stationery, and table memento cards; produced and promoted the slide film, Everybody Ready? Let's Go!; and worked with the National Press Photographers Association on its national convention in Minneapolis.

From the description of Publicity and promotion files, 1956-1959. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 313867969

The publicity and promotion department worked to give the public a complete and balanced picture of Minnesota: its way of life, traditions, history, people, outstanding tourist facilities, and cultural, educational, and scientific achievements and potential. Under Publicity and Promotion Director Don Padilla, the department operated on two levels--state/regional and national/international. It was aided by a New York public relations firm, the Vernon Pope organization, and the USIA (United States Information Agency). There was also an advisory committee chaired by Ray Mithun.

The staff wrote and distributed more than 400 separate news stories; hosted 225 American and foreign news representatives; produced three Centennial calendars listing more than 200 events; co-developed a tourism book, 100 Years of Vacationland Fun, with the Department of Business Development; created and oversaw distribution of promotional booths and displays for local and national sports and travel shows and conventions; coordinated nearly 100 official Centennial souvenirs, including key chains, bumper and emblem stickers, stationery, and table memento cards; produced and promoted the slide film, "Everybody Ready? Let's Go!;" and worked with the National Press Photographers Association on its national convention in Minneapolis.

Besides coverage by almost every newspaper, television and radio station in the state, the Centennial was featured in numerous national and international newspapers, magazines, and radio and television programs including the actual airing of the TODAY Show and Queen for a Day from Minnesota; and was integrated into three major comic strips and Ripley's Believe It or Not cartoons.

From the guide to the Publicity and promotion files., 1954-1958., (Minnesota Historical Society)

The international guest program, chaired by former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark, Eugenie Anderson, recognized that Minnesota's heritage included settlers from many nations. Invitations to participate in the Statehood Week celebration were sent by Governor Orville L. Freeman to a large number of foreign governments; twenty-six accepted and sent representatives. The May 8 arrival of the Scandinavian delegation, including Norway's Princess Astrid, Sweden's Prince Bertil, and the Norwegian, Danish, and Finnish prime ministers, began the international guests festivities. Other countries represented were Yugoslavia, Iceland, Rumania, India, Lithuania, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Latvia, Greece, Great Britain, Japan, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Spain, and Lebanon. Throughout Statehood Week special events were held for the international guests, culminating with the Parade of the Century and Minnesota Statehood Centennial Banquet and New Century Eve Ball on Saturday and the Statehood Day Commemorative Ceremony on Sunday.

The files also contain information on distinguished American guests, particularly U. S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles and Allied Powers in Europe supreme commander General Lauris Norstad.

From the guide to the International and distinguished guests files., 1956-1958., (Minnesota Historical Society)

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creatorOf Minnesota Statehood Centennial Commission. Pageantry and Drama Consulting Service files, 1956-1958. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Minnesota Statehood Centennial Commission. Administrative files, 1954-1959, 1983. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Field files., 1954-1958. Minnesota Historical Society.
creatorOf Minnesota Statehood Centennial Commission. Audio-visual materials, 1958. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Anderson, Eugenie M. 1909-1997. Eugenie Anderson papers, ca. 1910-1973. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Minnesota Statehood Centennial Commission. Parade of the Century files, 1956-1958. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Parade of the Century files., 1956-1958. Minnesota Historical Society.
creatorOf Financial records., 1955-1959. Minnesota Historical Society.
creatorOf Minnesota Statehood Centennial Commission. Publicity and promotion files, 1956-1959. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Minnesota. Division of Parks and Recreation. Subject files, 1933-1997 (bulk 1950-1990). Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Audio-visual materials., 1958. Minnesota Historical Society.
creatorOf Statewide committees files., 1956-1959. Minnesota Historical Society.
creatorOf Administrative files., 1954-1959, 1983. Minnesota Historical Society.
creatorOf International and distinguished guests files., 1956-1958. Minnesota Historical Society.
creatorOf Minnesota Statehood Centennial Commission. International and distinguished guests files, 1956-1958. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Minnesota Statehood Centennial Commission. Financial records, 1955-1959. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Minnesota Statehood Centennial Commission. Statewide committees files, 1956-1959. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Eugenie Anderson papers., [ca. 1910]-1973. Minnesota Historical Society.
creatorOf Publicity and promotion files., 1954-1958. Minnesota Historical Society.
referencedIn Subject Files., 1933-2012 (bulk 1950-2000). Minnesota Historical Society.
creatorOf Minnesota Statehood Centennial Commission. Field files, 1954-1958. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Pageantry and Drama Consulting Service files., 1956-1958. Minnesota Historical Society.
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associatedWith Abel, Walter, 1898-1987. person
associatedWith Adams, Cedric. person
associatedWith Albers, Diane. person
associatedWith Albers, Diane. person
associatedWith Anderson, Eugenie M. 1909-1997. person
associatedWith Anderson, Eugenie M. 1909-1997. person
associatedWith Apollo Club of Minneapolis (Minneapolis, Minn.) corporateBody
associatedWith Astrid, Princess, daughter of Olav V, King of Norway, 1932- person
associatedWith Bertil, Prince, son of Gustaf VI Adolf, King of Sweden, 1912- person
associatedWith Bevan, William Arnold. person
associatedWith Bevan, William Arnold. person
associatedWith Cliburn, Van, 1934- person
associatedWith De Haven, Bob, 1908- person
associatedWith DeHaven, Bob, 1908- person
associatedWith Dielentheis, J. H. person
associatedWith Dielentheis, J. H. person
associatedWith Dulles, John Foster, 1888-1959. person
associatedWith Edith Norberg's Carillon Choristers. corporateBody
associatedWith Festival of Nations (Saint Paul, Minn.) corporateBody
associatedWith Freeman, Orville L. person
associatedWith Freeman, Orville L. person
associatedWith Garland, Judy. person
associatedWith Heffelfinger, Elizabeth Bradley, 1900-1981. person
associatedWith Herman, Jules, 1912- person
associatedWith Huck, Virginia. person
associatedWith Karstad, Lenore. person
associatedWith Karstad, Lenore. person
associatedWith Kay Bank Recordings Corporation (Minneapolis, Minn.). corporateBody
associatedWith Klopsteg, Paul E. 1889- person
associatedWith Krause, Herbert, 1905-1976. person
associatedWith KUOM (Radio station : Minneapolis, Minn.). corporateBody
associatedWith Midway National Bank (Saint Paul, Minn.) corporateBody
associatedWith Midway National Bank (Saint Paul, Minn.). corporateBody
associatedWith Midwest Business Opportunities Exhibit. corporateBody
associatedWith Midwest Business Opportunities Exhibit. corporateBody
associatedWith Midwest Business Opportunities Exhibit. corporateBody
associatedWith Minneapolis Star and Tribune Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra. corporateBody
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associatedWith Minnesota Centennial Showboat. corporateBody
associatedWith Minnesota Centennial Train. corporateBody
associatedWith Minnesota Centennial Train. corporateBody
associatedWith Minnesota Centennial Train. corporateBody
associatedWith Minnesota. Department of Business Development. corporateBody
associatedWith Minnesota. Dept. of Business Development. corporateBody
associatedWith Minnesota. Division of Parks and Recreation. corporateBody
associatedWith Minnesota Editorial Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Minnesota Federation of County Fairs. corporateBody
associatedWith Minnesota. Governor (1955-1961 : Freeman) corporateBody
associatedWith Minnesota Historical Society. corporateBody
associatedWith Minnesota State Fair. corporateBody
associatedWith Minnesota Statehood Centennial Commission. Speaker's Information Bureau. corporateBody
associatedWith Minnesota Statehood Centennial Commission. Speaker's Information Bureau. corporateBody
associatedWith Minnesota Territorial Pioneers (Organization). corporateBody
associatedWith Minnesota. Treasurer's Office. corporateBody
associatedWith Miss Centennial Minnesota Pageant. corporateBody
associatedWith Miss Centennial Minnesota Pageant. corporateBody
associatedWith Miss Centennial Minnesota Pageant. corporateBody
associatedWith Miss Centennial Minnesota Pageant. corporateBody
associatedWith Mithun, Ray. person
associatedWith Mithun, Ray. person
associatedWith Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, 1919- person
associatedWith Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran, 1919- person
associatedWith Morrill, J. L. 1891-1979. person
associatedWith National Press Photographers Association (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Nolte, Julius M. 1894-1964. person
associatedWith Norstad, Lauris, 1907-1988. person
associatedWith Nyhus, Arthur. person
associatedWith Nyhus, Arthur. person
associatedWith Olson, Floyd Björnstjerne, 1891-1936 person
associatedWith Padilla, Don. person
associatedWith Plowville (1958 : Sanborn, Minn.). corporateBody
associatedWith Pope, Vernon. person
associatedWith Sanford, Maria Louise, 1836-1920 person
associatedWith Shanks, Carrol M. b. 1898. person
associatedWith Snook, Robert L. person
associatedWith Snook, Robert L. person
associatedWith Southwest High School Choir (Musical group). corporateBody
associatedWith Southwest High School (Minneapolis, Minn.) corporateBody
associatedWith Speer, Ray P. person
associatedWith Stohr, F. William. person
associatedWith Stohr, F. William. person
associatedWith Swain, Thomas H. person
associatedWith Swain, Thomas H. person
associatedWith Swain, Thomas H. person
associatedWith Swain, Thomas H. person
associatedWith Thye, Edward John, 1896- person
associatedWith United States Information Agency. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Minnesota. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Minnesota. Drama Advisory Service. corporateBody
associatedWith Ward (Destroyer : DD139). corporateBody
associatedWith WCCO (Radion station : Minneapolis, Minn.). corporateBody
associatedWith WCCO (Radio station : Minneapolis, Minn.). corporateBody
associatedWith World Health Assembly. corporateBody
associatedWith World Health Organization. corporateBody
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Finland
Minnesota
Norway
Minnesota
Minnesota
Sweden
Iceland
Fort Snelling (Minn.).
Minnesota
Minnesota
Red River Trail (Minn.).
Minnesota
Saint Paul (Minn.)
Minnesota
Denmark
Red River Trail (Minn.).
Minnesota
Sweden
Red River Valley (Minn. and N.D.-Man.)
Minnesota
Red River Trail (Minn.)
Iceland
Fort Snelling (Minn.)
Saint Paul (Minn.)
Denmark
Finland
Norway
Red River Trail (Minn.)
Minnesota
Minnesota
Minnesota
Fort Snelling (Minn.).
Norway
Red River Valley (Minn. and N.D.-Man.)
Denmark
Minnesota
Iceland
Minnesota
Minnesota
Minnesota
Minnesota
Sweden
Fort Snelling (Minn.)
Iceland
Norway
Finland
Minnesota
Scandinavia
Denmark
Sweden
Subject
Trails
Exhibit booths
Women--Minnesota--History
Tourism--Minnesota
Pioneers
Parades
Slogans--Minnesota
Emblems
Radio journalists--Norway
Unemployment insurance
Business enterprises--History
Royal visitors
Agriculture--Minnesota--History
Military ceremonies, honors, and salutes
Diplomatic and consular service, Icelandic
Slogans
Diplomatic and consular service, Norwegian
Live television programs
Diplomatic and consular service, Finnish
Diplomatic etiquette--Minnesota
Exhibit booths--Minnesota
Insurance, Unemployment--Minnesota
Youth--Minnesota--History
Radio broadcasting
Harness racing
Marching bands
Radio journalists--Iceland
Filmstrips--Minnesota
Education--Minnesota--History
Women--History
Theater--Production and direction
Souvenirs (Keepsakes)--Minnesota
Historical drama
Royal visitors--Minnesota
Radio journalists--Denmark
Carriages and carts
Volunteers--Minnesota
Agricultural exhibitions
Visits of state
Sports--History
Souvenirs (keepsakes)
Recipes
Plowing--Minnesota--Competitions
Libraries
Live television programs--Minnesota
Documentary television programs--Production and direction--Minnesota
Recipes--Minnesota
Diplomatic and consular service, Danish
Plowing--Competitions
Agricultural exhibitions--Minnesota
Parade floats
Industries--Minnesota--History
Athletes--Minnesota--Biography
Trails--Red River Valley (Minn. and N.D.--Man.)
Diplomatic and consular service
Diplomatic and consular service, Swedish
Motion pictures
Public contracts--Minnesota
Commemorative postage stamps
History--Minnesota--Societies, etc.--Tours
Libraries--Minnesota
Public contracts
Arts--Minnesota--History
Festivals
Tourism
Pioneers--Minnesota
Contests
Stuffed animals (toys)--Minnesota
Contests--Minnesota
Pioneers--Clothing
Hospitality industry
Youth--History
Volunteers
Business enterprises--Minnesota--History
Citizen advisory committees--Minnesota
Insurance policies--Minnesota
Art, Modern--21st century
Radio journalists--Finland
Commemorative postage stamps--Minnesota
Amateur plays
History--Societies, etc.--Tours
Citizen advisory committees
Film strips
Diplomatic etiquette
Community cookbooks--Minnesota
History--Societies, etc
Stuffed animals (toys)
Emblems--Minnesota
Radio journalists--Sweden
Government etiquette
Beauty contestants
Festivals--Minnesota
Education--History
Agriculture--History
Industries--History
Parades--Minnesota
Community cookbooks
Insurance policies
Television scripts--Competition
Documentary television programs--Production and direction
College and school drama
Authors, American--Bio-bibliography
Carriages and carts--Red River Valley (Minn. and N.D.--Man.)
Parade floats--Minnesota
Radio journalists
Harness racing--Minnesota
Art--History
Hospitality industry--Minnesota
Authors, American--Minnesota--Bio-bibliography
Athletes--Biography
Television scripts--Competition--Minnesota
Radio broadcasting--Minnesota
Diplomatic and consular service--Scandinavia
Pioneers--Clothing--Minnesota
Military ceremonies, honors, and salutes--Minnesota
Beauty contestants--Minnesota
Motion pictures--Minnesota
Sports--Minnesota--History
Visits of state--Minnesota
Marching bands--Minnesota
Government etiquette--Minnesota
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