The conservatory first opened on November 7, 1915.
Sarah Shirey holds a B.A. in History from Loyola University Chicago. She has worked for the Minnesota Historical Society as an interpreter at Historic Fort Snelling and the Minnesota State Capitol. She has also served as a volunteer researcher and writer for MNopedia.
Built in the 1880s as high-density homes for immigrant workers, they were saved from destruction in the 1970s when neighborhood residents successfully organized to preserve the avenue as a historic district.
Josiah Snelling’s family ran a successful baking business, but he built his career by enlisting in the military and working his way up.