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Sacred Heart Cathedral (Sacred Heart Music Center)
The Sacred Heart Music Center hosts 12-15 concerts per year and seats 400 people. Regional and international artists perform in the venue, which also has a state-of-the-art recording studio. The center is also hosts weddings, receptions, business meetings, private parties, and is also a teaching space for members of the community, schools, and organizations.
The cathedral is located in the Central Hillside Neighborhood, which, by the mid-1900s had become increasingly poor. The sisters who resided there and the church's staff began serving food to the inner city residents. These efforts eventually became the only food bank in Duluth. Neighborhood residents also sought medical help. As a result, nurses from nearby St. Mary's Hospital came to the church to treat those who were sick. Eventually, these efforts became the city's only free clinic, now called the Lake Superior Community Health Center. The church also became a place for music and education for the community.
Professional musicians and started to inquire about playing the organ after hours. By the 1970s, a quarter choir group began attracting visitors to the cathedral. The church's organist, Joan Conelly, bought the cathedral for $1 and thereby saved the cathedral from demolition. Today, the it continues to be an important gathering place for the community.
SourcesFridley, Russell W. "Sacred Heart Cathedral and Cathedral School", 6-26-86. National Register of Historic Places. http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/nrhp/text/86001382.PDF McCormack, Patrick. "Sacred Heart Cathedral, Sacred Heart School and Christian Brothers Home", 3-29-2005. National Register of Historic Places. http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/nrhp/text/05000446.PDF http://sacredheartmusic.net/about/history
Duluth, MN 55806
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