This photo depicts the cornerstone laying for the United Church Seminary building. The cornerstone is inscribed with the date "1900," but we know the building was not used until 1902, so the exact timing of events requires more research. It was not uncommon to mark cornerstones with the centennial dating to capture the spirit of the age, even if it was not the exact date. This building was later renamed Bockman Hall. Note the people watching the ceremony from the window openings and the open umbrellas even though it doesn't appear to be raining. Back of photograph reads: Bockman Hall, 1899-1900, Luther Seminary, Cornerstone laying.
Norwegian American Lutheranism, United Church Seminary (1890-1917), Luther Seminary (1994-present), Building Construction, Bockman Hall, Marcus O. Bockman