A fall celebration of Shoemaker Hall’s 100th year is Sept. 18 to 19, starting with tours of the renovations, breakfast and a number of events to mark the historic SCSU event.
Shoemaker Hall, located on the south end of campus, is a silent monument that has undergone multiple renovations to stay up to date with the changing times.
Shoemaker Hall is a building that has a lot of life flowing through its walls, having seen many different faces. Shoemaker was built in 1915 and underwent extensive remodeling in 1960. It’s named after Waite A. Shoemaker, who was president of SCSU from 1902 to 1916. The north side of Shoemaker hall has been renovated in recent years, with new editions in 2011. Both the east and west wings were completely renovated in the fall of 2014.
Shoemaker has stood through many events and eras in America’s history, such as World War 1 (1914-1918), the Great Depression (1929-1930’s), Rev. Martin Luther King. Jr’s “I Have A Dream” speech (1963), and the inauguration of our first African-American president, Barack Obama (2008).
In multiple interviews, when asked about Shoemaker Hall making it to the century mark, students seemed a bit puzzled by the fact that they were living in a building with such a history.
“Its all new. Shoemaker is the nicest hall to live in on campus,” said hall resident Jeremy Moulzolf. “The air conditioning works great, and the rooms are nice.”
“It doesn’t seem that old, but it says a lot about how long this school has been around and basically makes that building a land mark,” said Ben Watters, a third-year SCSU student.
“When I went to school here as an undergrad, I lived in Shoemaker Hall for two years, and I know it has recently been renovated,” said SCSU Green House Director Shawn Kakuk. “As for it being a hundred years old, it doesn’t come to me as a surprise, because Shoemaker north is quite old.”
For some, college is a time when students are learning about who they are; a time to foster dreams and hopes. A building like Shoemaker Hall could flood the minds of the many hundreds of alumni, who’ve walked its halls with memories of that fresh optimism.
Shoemaker Hall, reaching its one hundred-year milestone, seems to resonate for more than just the St. Cloud State community, but for the number of individuals who share in its history. Shoemaker Hall is one example SCSU’s tradition and longevity.