Join us as we showcase the Queen of the Snows Candidates and enjoy
a look back at historical royal costuming from the Saint Paul Winter Carnival
Saturday January 19th, 2019
Double Tree Hotel
11:30 A.M.- Doors Open
12:00 P.M.- Social Hour
1:00 P.M.- Lunch & Fashion Show
Tickets are $45. Parking available for $5 CASH ONLY at Securian Ramp (entrance on Minnesota Ave, across the street from Double Tree Hotel). For Special dietary needs please contact Anne Auger 651-491-9196.
Saturday January 19th, 2019
133 - years
Of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival
Louis W Hill - January 10th, 1916
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History of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival
Since 1886, the Saint Paul Winter Carnival continues to bring family-friendly events and community pride to Saint Paul and the Twin Cities metro area.
The Saint Paul Winter Carnival is the oldest winter festival in the United States. It predates the Tournament of Roses Festival by two years.
Several Eastern newspaper correspondents kindled the start of the Winter Carnival by visiting Saint Paul in the fall of 1885 and returning home to report that Minnesota, in general, was another Siberia, unfit for human habitation.
A group of business owners decided to retaliate by creating a wintertime festival which would showcase all the beauty of Minnesota winters. They worked with the City of Montreal which already had a winter carnival in place. Due to a small pox epidemic which suspended the 1886 Montreal Festival, Saint Paul lured Alexander Hutchinson, the designer of Montreal’s ice palaces in 1883, 1884, and 1885 to blueprint Saint Paul’s first ice castle. The castle was constructed on February 1, 1886 at a cost of $5,210 with a height of 106 feet. A comparison to this first castle is the Pepsi Palace of 1992 with a cost of $1,900,000 and a height of 165 feet (a Guinness record).
As with the concept of the Montreal Festival, the legend and other activities were also adapted. Montreal’s Ice King accompanied by Queen Aurora. The Saint Paul characters in turn became King Boreas and the Queen of the Snows. The mischievous Vulcan and his red-caped Krewe were created from the Germanic tradition of the energy and disruption which springtime brings to the final days of winter.
The Winter Carnival Legend itself was initially written down by newspaper columnist Frank Madden in 1937 and has been updated and revised ever since.
Today, King Boreas and the Queen of the Snows rule over approximately 21 members of the Royal Family including Boreas’s four brothers Titan, Euros, Zephyrus and Notos along with their four princesses, the Prime Minister and up to ten Royal Guards. The culmination of the Winter Carnival is the dethroning of Boreas by the Vulcan Krewe.
The Royal Family and Vulcan Krewe are made up of volunteers that make over 400 appearances during the year to local and national festivals, nursing homes, schools and hospitals on behalf of the Winter Carnival and the City of Saint Paul.
The Saint Paul Winter Carnival is produced by the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation and is funded by private donations and corporate contributions. The Board of Directors, supported by hundreds of corporate and individual members, employs a full time staff to help plan this community celebration.
The Largest Winter Carnival Museum in the Country, 1000's of artifacts and memorabilia.
Featured in the lower level of West St. Paul Antique Mall is the State of Minnesota's largest private collection of St. Paul Winter Carnival artifacts, open to the public year round. This museum includes Louis Hill's original coats for the Great Northern Railway and over 50 showcases jam-packed with arifacts including several King Boreas capes, loads of buttons and other period collectibles depicting this St. Paul frigid frolic.
West Saint Paul Antiques An Antique Mall with All the Extras
Louis Warren Hill
James J. Hill and Mary Mehegan Hill’s Son
The third of James J. Hill and Mary Mehegan Hillís ten children, Louis Warren Hill was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1872. He, along with his older brother James, was schooled at home before attending Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire and Yale University. He began working for his father at the Great Northern Railway Company immediately after graduation and began pursuit of his own ultimately extremely successful investments in iron mining in northeastern Minnesota. While the eldest Hill son James had been groomed as their fatherís successor, Louisís capable management of a Great Northern extension over the Rockies in 1901 moved him into position as heir to the Hill business empire. In 1901 Louis married Maud Van Cortlandt Taylor, child of a well-known New York family. The couple moved into a large home next door to James J. and Mary Hill on Summit Avenue in St. Paul and together had four children: Louis Warren Jr., James Jerome II (always called Jerome), Maud Van Cortlandt and Cortlandt Taylor. The family traveled the United States and the world and spent much of their time at North Oaks Farm, just north of St. Paul, where Louis built a chalet-style retreat.