St. Alban’s to host open house as part of 100th anniversary celebrations
Everyone is invited to view a little piece of Kenora history.
The building where St. Alban’s Cathedral Church stands on Main Street South was built 100 years ago and its parishioners are opening the doors between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19 for everyone to stop by, view the architecture and learn about the history of the church.
Stephanie Kennedy, a cocoordinator of the 100-year celebrations, said she’d like to see a steady parade of people walking through the church.
“It’s a good time to tour and visit with us or just to sit if you wish to sit in a church,” said Kennedy. “The whole building will be open and we’ll have someone to walk people through if they want or they could just wander through on their own and enjoy the building.”
Kennedy said she’s no historian, but she does remember hearing about one of the first services in the church in 1917.
“I know the very first year it opened in 1917, it was during the time of the flu that went through Kenora following the war and one of earliest services actually couldn’t have anybody at it,” said Kennedy. “They were supposed to cele- brate everyone coming home from the war but everybody got the flu so there were no public gatherings. The minister had a whole big service to celebrate everybody coming home from the war and he was the only one in the building.”
During the open house people will be able to learn more about the influenza epidemic of 1917 in addition to hearing many other stories that weaved through the building in the last 100 years.
There are 10 picturesque stained-glass windows in the church, all dedicated in memory of loved ones by area families.
After taking a tour of the building, everyone can head downstairs at St. Alban’s for iced tea, snacks and some socializing.
The St. Alban’s 100 committee is celebrating its building each month of 2017 with a variety of activities.
One of the 10 stained-glass windows inside St. Alban's Cathedral on Main Street South. Stop by the open house Wednesday, July 19 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to learn about who they're dedicated to.