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Washington State Flag Plaza of the States Fire Font of Unity Minnesota State Flag

Minnesota State Honor Day, June 12, 1962

Washington Governor Albert D. Rosellini and South Dakota Governor Gubbrud

Exclusive photo from Greater Seattle News Bureau.
Photo by Forde Photographers

Minnesota Governor Elmer L. Anderson and host Washington Governor Albert D. Rosellini (right) flank an unidentified band instructor from the State of Minnesota. It was Minnesota Honor Day in the Plaza Of The States at the Seattle World's Fair, June 12. (Caption by Jack Gordon, coordinator of the Plaza of the States.)



Minnesota State Plaque from the Century 21 Plaza of the States, Seattle

The printed information card that was mounted at the base of each state's flag pole.

Minnesota State Day Commemorative Cover

The State of South Dakota was honored by the World's Fair Post Office on their State Day.



Schedule of Events for the Minnesotans on their day in Seattle

Minnesota's Governor Anderson and the rest of the official party had a
busy June 10 while at the Seattle World's Fair.


South Dakota Gov. Gubbard's Speech at the Plaza of the States


SEATTLE, June 12 — Gopher-folk, by the several hundreds, today made Minnesota Day the biggest Honor State day shindig thus far in the Seattle World's Fair.

The biggest entourage from an honored state, more than 500, were on hand to help Gov. Elmer L. Anderson accept the Fair's tribute to Minnesota. And. it would be hard, if not impossible, to estimate the number of former Minnesotans now residing in this city, a melting pot of Scandinavia.

Musically, Minnesota virtually overwhelmed the Fairgrounds. There were, besides the host Gopher State dignitaries, the high school bands from Proctor and Fairmount, Minn; the "Over 60" Hobby Band, from Gaylord, Minn.; the Morris Chorus of the University of Minnesota; the Owatonna High School Chorus and the Minnehaha Academy Band.

The groups performed at the 11 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. Plaza of States ceremonies for the Honor State.

Joining Gov. Anderson in his official party were royalty of the Minnesota Aquatennial, Commodore Gisselback and Queen of the Lakes Pamela Jo Albinson; and St. Paul Winter Carnival Royalty in the persons of King Boreas XXVI Wesley Chandler, Queen of the Snows Penny Hicks and Carnival Prime Minister Gareth Hiebert.

Gov. Albert D. Rosellini and Fair President Joseph E. Gandy welcomed the Minnesota governor at the Plaza of States in the traditional half-hour ceremony. Together they raised the flags of their respective states, followed by the raising of the remaining 48 in order of their admittance to the union. They reignited the Fire Font, symbol of unity and strength among the 50 states.

Master of Ceremonies Bill Sears, chairman of the day Audley Mahaffey, the Rev. William Power, singer Paula Bane were the other key personalities in today's ceremonies.

A black-tie dinner honoring the Minnesota party was scheduled in Club 21 on the World's Fairgrounds. A luncheon for Gov. Anderson was arranged by State Republican Chairman Mort Frayn.

Background view at Century 21

Look at what was at the fair. In the background.






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