Whitney Senior Center History

From the 1930s to Today

The WSC has been offering programs and services to adults age 55 and better in the St. Cloud area since 1977. These programs enrich peoples lives and provide opportunities for healthy vital activities in the 'Third Age.'


  • 1930s - Whitney family donates land to City of St. Cloud for an airport
  • 1946 - Main hanger and office area for Van's Air Service were built (now Clemens Hall).
  • 1977 - Whitney Senior Center opens after funds from grants are received to renovate the main hanger building.
  • 1980 - National Weather Service building renovated into a woodworking shop.
  • 1986 - Addition of East Wing to building for meeting rooms and classrooms.
  • 1991 - Third Age University begins.
  • 1995 - West Wing and new office area built and WACOSA Senior Program gets permanent space. Recreation Center and walking track attached to WSC
  • 2000 - WSC joins Community Service Department of the City of St. Cloud. 
  • 2006- WSC launched its Whitney WithOut Walls (WWOW) program which allowed many programs and services to reach local satellite sites to facilitate greater accessibility to a larger number of seniors in Central MN. During this time we also launched the offerings of Evidenced-based health programs through this model.  
  • 2007 - WSC becomes part of the City of Saint Cloud's new Department of Aging Services along with the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).
  • 2014- Clemen's Hall closed from March through June to repair the roof. 
  • 2016- Phase One of the Kitchen Remodel.
  • 2019-Phase two of the Kitchen Remodel.
  • 2020-(March) COVID-19 restrictions, programming had to be redesigned as in-person events could not take place. 
  • 2020- (April through July)-Virtual programming offered for fitness classes and educational presentations. 
  • 2020- (August)- Soft opening 
  • 2020- (September)- Fitness classes were able to be in-person so we began hybrid (in-person and virtual) programming. 
  • 2020- (November & December)- Restrictions changed, WSC had to close again. 
  • 2021- (January) Re-opened and most programs and classes were hybrid (in-person & virtual).  
  • 2022- Received a Program of Excellence Award from the National Council on Aging for hybrid programming
Old photo with main hanger with airplane
Whitney Senior Center 2007