Essays - by Stephen G. Saupe, Ph.D.; Biology Department, College of St. Benedict/St. John's University, Collegeville, MN 56321;;

Bibliography of Articles about the St. John�s Maple Syrup Operation

(compiled by Stephen G. Saupe, PhD.; Professor, College of St. Benedict/St. John�s University Biology Department; Collegeville, MN  56321)

1934.   Hoffmann, Alexius.  "The Natural History of Collegeville."  Unpublished manuscript.

1942.  Mertz, R.  "Tree tappers trap sap."  The Record, April 16.  p 2. (link)

1942.  Anon.  "Maple sugar distilling."  The Record, November 12, p 4.

1943.  Anon.  The Scriptorium.  May, p 22

1943   Pictures of St. John's Abbey Making Syrup.  The St. Cloud Times, April 22, p 03.

1945.  Anon.  "Maple syrup industry on campus."  The Record, April 12, p 1.

1948.  Anon.  "To make 175 gallons of syrup."  The Record, March 17.

1949.  Anon.  "Off the Record."  The Record, April 7 (Vol 62), p 1.

1951.  Mason, Ed.  "Nightshift boils sap."  The Record,  April 26, p 2.

1953.  Burns, Sean.  "Nightly stirrings produce new syrup."  The Record, March 13, p 2.

1954.  Roche, Pat.  "Sap�s running."  The Record, April 23, p 3.

1959.  Albert, D.  "The sap is running slow."  The Record. April 24, p 4.

1959.  "Spring Time Again" (photo and caption).  The Record. April 10, p 5.

1963.  Irving, FD & JR Beer.  "A six-year record of sugar maple bark stripping by gray squirrels in a Minnesota Oak-maple stand.  Journal of Forestry, July, pp 508 - 511.

1966.   Anon.  "Drop by drop the golden sap is gathered and processed for the Saint John�s table. A Labor of Love."  The Off-Campus Record. Vol 6 (1): 22.

1968    Fuchs, Rich.  "Sugar in the evening."  The Record, April 23, p 5.

1974.  Anon.  Confrere, April, p 3. 

1978.  Anon.  "Syrup-Titious."  Confrere, March. 

1978.  Bartos, Vern.  "Maple syrup is sweet ending to springtime tradition in St. John's woods."  St. Cloud Visitor, April 13, p 5.

1982.  Anon.  "Sapping comes to an end."  Confrere 20 (5) May, p 4.

1982.  "When they set out to make syrup, they don�t waffle" (photos with caption).  Minneapolis Star Tribune, April 22.

1985.  Anon.  "Saint John's sugar bush:  Still full of sap, still green."  The Abbey Quarterly, Vol 3, April 2, p 6-7.

1988.  Anon.  Confrere.  p 5.

1988.  Armon, Pat.  "St. John�s monks harvest the 'Sugar Bush.'" The Record, March 24, p 4.

1988.  Anon.  "Monks tap 'sugar bush' for maple syrup."  The Abbey Quarterly, Vol 6 (2), April, p 3.

1990.  Anon.  "Maple syrup harvested."  The Abbey Quarterly, Vol 8 (2), Spring, p 8.

1990.  Durken, Daniel.  "Benedictine Monks Get into a Sticky Business: Maple Syrup."  Press Release dated March 9.

1990.  Nistler, Mike.  "St. John�s monks, students tap for sap."  The St. Cloud Times, Sunday March 11; p 01A.

1990.  Ojeda-Zapata, Julio.  "Divine inspiration."  St. Paul Pioneer Press, March 23 (Friday).

1992.  Twomey, Joseph.  "Maple syrup production, a throwback to simpler times, builds community among monks."  The Record, Feb 27, p 9.

1992.  Anon.  "Tree tappers tap sap."  Confrere.  p 4.

1994.  Durken, D.  "�94 Slurp-the-sap-for-syrup Season."  Confrere.  p 2.

1994.  Anon.  "Monks honored, lecturing, etc." The Abbey Quarterly, Vol 12 (2), Spring, p 10.

1994.  "Sweetness is next to Godliness" (photo with caption).  The St. Cloud Times, March 31, p 03A.

1996.  Anon.  "Maple syrup gathering completed 24 April."  The Abbey Quarterly, Vol 14 (2), Spring, p 6.

1996.  Durken, Daniel.  "Sap-syrup season simmers and ceases."  Connections, May 9, p 4.

1998.  Anon.  "Sugar bush."  Sagatagan Seasons 1 (1): 2 (March)

1998.  Anon.  "Maple syrup? . . . Not this year."  The Abbey Quarterly, Vol 16 (1), Spring, p 9.

1998.   Anonymous.  "Sugar bush."  Sagatagan Seasons 1 (1): 2 (March).

1998.  Durken, Daniel.  "Saint John�s Sap Tap Zapped by El Nino."  Connections, March 26, p 5.

1999.  Robertson, Colin.  "Maple syrup soon!"  Sagatagan Seasons 2 (1): 3-4, Winter.

2000.  Anon.  "Traveling, Retiring..."  The Abbey Quarterly, Vol 18 (2), Spring, p 11.

2000.  Durken, Daniel.  Another successful Maple Sap-to-Syrup Season at St. John's.  Connections On-Line, April 20 - 26. (pdf)

2002.  Durken, Daniel.  "Sap-tappers Start Syrup Season Setup."  The Abbey Banner.  Spring, Vol 2 (1), p 16-17.  (pdf)

2002.  Giles, Shannon.  "The sap is flowing at SJU."  The Record, March 21, p 1.

2002.  Mattern, Patty.  "Students experience sap system."  The St. Cloud Times. March 19. 

2002.  Halbur, Adam.  "St. John's demonstrates maple syrup production."  Melrose Beacon, April 6.

2002.   Barr, Jesse.  "Maple Syrup Production at St. John�s University.  A Look at the History and Sustainability of the Process."  Unpublished Environmental Studies Practicum. Spring. (pdf)

2003.  Geissler, John.  "Spring�s Sweet Flow."  Sagatagan Seasons Vol 6 (no 1): 1.

2004.  Audette, Andy.  "Sucrose concentrations and tree diameter in the sugar bush."  Independent learning project for Plant Physiology (BIOL327).

2004.  Nunnink, Erika.  "A Historical and Chemical Analysis of Maple Sap and Sugar at St. John�s University," Collegeville, MN (unpublished research report).   Abstract published: Journal Minnesota Academy of Science Vol 28: 33 � 34.

2004.  Maric, Marina.  "The joys of collecting sap (and plums!)."  Sagatagan Seasons 7 (3): 2 (Summer) (on line).

2005.   Saupe, Stephen G.  "The Maple Syrup 'Crystal Ball'.�  Sagatagan Seasons Vol 8 (2), p 4.

2005.  Saupe, Stephen G.  "Maple sugar time."  Monday Morning Postcard, March 14; available at

2005.  Anon.  "Spring means syrup." The St. Cloud Times. Friday, April 15, p 1C.

2005.  Anon.  "Maple Syruping at St. John�s Arboretum.  St. John�s Maple Syrup Festival (2005)."  Lake Wobegon Trail Guide, June, pp 5 � 6 (published by Stearns-Morrison Enterprise).

2005.  Durken, Daniel.  "What�s Up?  The Abbey Chronicle."  The Abbey Banner, Vol 5 (no 2), pp 18 � 19.

2006.  Saupe, Erin.  "Arboretum tradition promises sticky encounter."  The Record, February 23, p 5. (pdf)

2006.  Anon.  "Maple syrup: Nature's sweet reward."  The Saint Cloud Visitor, April 20. 

2006.   Saupe, Stephen G.  "A Summary of Maple Sap Data Collected in the St. John�s Sugar Bush � Spring 2000."  Available on-line at:

2006.   Saupe, Stephen G.  "Making maple syrup at St. John's:  Records show shifts in the 'Sticky Business.'"  Headwaters. A CSB/SJU Faculty Journal 23: 25 - 38. (pdf)

2006.  Saupe, Stephen G.  "Does sap flow better during Holy Week?"  Maple Syrup Digest 18A (3): 29 - 33.  (pdf)

2006.  Saupe, Stephen G.  "Maple syrup:  St. John's Sweetest Springtime tradition," submitted to to Understanding Home, a volume produced by the CSB/SJU Environmental Studies program (E Diedrich, ed).  (pdf)

2006  Saupe, Stephen G.  "Maple syrup is not just about pancakes."  Quandong 32 (3): 16 - 18. (pdf)

2006.  Brogan, G. "Squirrelly neighbors."  Sagatagan Seasons 9 (3): 4 (Summer).

2006  Reiner, Eric & C Weber. "Student's research peer knowledge of Saint John's Arboretum."  Sagatagan Seasons 9 (2): 4, Spring.

2007.  Zimmermann, Amy.  "Sap collecting seasons begins."  The Record, March 15, 2007, p 3. (pdf)

2007.  Durken, Daniel.  "What's Up? The Abbey Chronicle."  The Abbey Banner, Vol 7, p 24.

2007.  Lee, Frank.  Participants tap, taste maple syrup.  St. Cloud Times, p 4A, March 25. (pdf)

2007.  Durken, Daniel.  "What�s Up?  The Abbey Chronicle."  The Abbey Banner, Vol 24, Fall.

2007.  St. Cloud Visitor 95(10): last page; March 8 (advertisement for festival)

2007.  Conger, Andrew.  "A comparative analysis of sugar concentration in various maple species at St. John's, May.  Unpublished report submitted in partial fulfillment of BIOL373 (pdf).

2007.  Anon.  "How Sweet it is!" Community, May, p 3.

2007.  Kieffer, Walter, OSB.  A Blessing.  In honor of the opening of the 2007 season (pdf)

2007.  St. John's Maple Syrup Mission Statement (pdf)

2008.  Saupe, Stephen G.  "Sugar Shack Renovation Begins."  Sagatagan Seasons 11 (1): 4, Winter.

2008.  Brown Bell, Allison (photo).  "A sticky situation."  St. Joseph Newsleader, April 4, Vol 19 (14), p 1. (pdf)

2008.  Voigt, A.  "Sights, sounds, syrup:  Foreign students tour operation."  St. Cloud Times.  Sunday, March 30, 2008 (pdf; link)

2008.  Durken, D.  "The Abbey Chronicle."  Abbey Banner, p 27, Spring. (pdf)

2008.  Miesen, Melanie.  "Arboretum bears sap."  The Record.  April 3, 2008. (pdf)

2008. Advertisement in The Record.  April 3, 2008. (pdf)

2008.  Sittauer, K.  "Everything old is new again."  Sagatagan Seasons 11 (3): 3. (pdf)

2009.  Saupe, Stephen G.  "Maple syruping and the weather."  Sagatagan Seasons 12 (2): 1-2.  Spring.

2009.  McAuliffe, Bill.  "Tap into spring."  Minneapolis Star-Tribune.  March 26, pp T1 & T3.  Also published in the Philadelphia Inquirer ("Monks make syrup old time way").

2009.  Peterson, Brian.  "Saint John's maple tappers." - video to accompany Minneapolis Star-Tribune article by McAuliffe, March 17, 2009.  link to video.

2009.  Twin Cities Live - segment featuring the Saint John's Maple Syrup operation aired March 26. link to video

2009.  Bentz, Maia.  Sap and syrup create community.  The Record, March 27, 2009; p 4. (link)

2009.  Saupe, Stephen G.  "Find your sugar shack."  Headwaters.  A CSB/SJU Faculty Journal 26: 80 - 83.

2009.  Bowen, Amy. Getting a sweet education.  St. Cloud Times. April 3; pp 1B & 3B.

2009.  Anon.  The maple sugar shack is enlarged.  Abbey Banner, Spring; p 28.

2009.  Rylander, Edith.  "Traditional news can go beyond bad."  St. Cloud Times.  April 19.  Image of operation published to accompany this article.

2009.  Anon.  Brief mention of operation.  Community, May 8.

2010.  DeMars, Dave.  Maple syrup fests - 'How sweet it is'.  St. Joseph Newsleader.  March 19, p 1.

2010.  Kutter, Jenny.  The story of cane and maple.  Sagatagan Seasons, Spring 2010, p 1 & 2.

2010.  Saupe, Stephen.  Energetics of maple syrup production.  Sagatagan Seasons, Spring 2010, p 4. 

2010.  DeMars, Dave.  Upward Bound preps students for higher ed. St. Joseph Newsleader.  April 2, 2010; p 5.

2010.  DeMars, Dave.  A springtime visit to the sugar bush. St. Joseph Newsleader.  April 2, 2010; p 1 & 4.

2010.  Durken, Daniel.  What's Up?  The Abbey Chronicle.  Abbey Banner.  Spring 2010; p 24.

2010.  Schuh, Dolores.  The Abbey's Ninety-Year-Old Avid Readers.  Abbey Banner.  Spring 2010, p 18-19. (features maple syrup woodcutter Fr. Fintan Bromenshenkel)

2010.  Westlund, Kate.  Maple Syrup Festivals.  The Record.  March 27, 2010 (

2010.  Saupe, Stephen.  Analysis of St. John's Maple Syrup records:  1942 - 2009.  Submitted to Headwaters, Spring 2010.

2010.  Durken, Daniel.  What's Up?  The Abbey Banner.  Fall 2010; p 26.

2010.  Saupe, Stephen & Sarah Gainey.  Maple Syrup:  A Sweet Springtime Lesson.  poster presentation at the National Association of Biology Teachers annual conference, Minneapolis, November (2010).  pdf

Publication Note
According to Br. David Klingeman, Scriptorium was a internal abbey publication written during the 1940�s � 1960�s by monks training to be priests.  Confrere is an internal abbey newsletter.

Acknowledgements:  Many thanks to Br. David Klingeman, St. John's Archivist, for help tracking sources. 


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