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2017 Mike Colalillo Medal of Honor Scholarship

Veterans’ Memorial Hall, a program of St. Louis County Historical Society, annually awards a scholarship in memory of Mike Colalillo, who was the last known surviving World War II Medal of Honor recipient in the state of Minnesota.

For details about the 2017 $1500 scholarship, go to

To view and print the scholarship application click on HONOR.

New Board Member and New Veterans Memorial Hall Advisory Committee Member


Anntoinette ‘Toni’ Thorstad, MA in social work, recently joined the Society’s Board of Governors.  She is a case worker for the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans-MACV, and was elected to the Board of Governors at the 95th Annual Meeting of the Membership held in April.


Scott E. Markle, MA in education, has joined the Society’s Veterans Memorial Hall Program Advisory Committee.  He is a military retiree with over 20 years in the US Air Force.  Additionally, he is a member of the Head O’ The Lakes Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, and is a member of the Richard I. Bong American Legion Post #435.

St. Louis County Historical Society New Employees


Pippi Mayfield, MS in legal studies, has been hired as the Veterans Memorial Hall Program Assistant.  She will connect volunteer oral historians with St. Louis County military veterans to secure their stories for the Society’s archives.  Pippi is an experienced writer for the Duluth News Tribune.  She has authored a history of Becker County and is now researching the history of ice harvesting in Detroit Lakes.


Charlene ‘Charley’ Langowski, BS in anthropology with a concentration in archaeology, recently was hired as the Museum Collections Assistant.  She assists the Collections Manager/Exhibits Curator in the care of collections and exhibits.


Kathleen Cargill, MA in anthropology, was hired in late 2016 as Administrative Assistant to the Society’s Executive Director.  Her duties include assisting with grant writing, interfacing with Society Board members, and serving as a genealogy research advisor. She formerly taught anthropology at The College of St. Scholastica and was that college’s first director of the McNair Scholars Program.

Eastman Johnson’s Lake Superior Indians

The St. Louis County Historical Society - located in downtown Duluth - has a publication for sale that may be of interest to teachers or students of history, American Indian studies, anthropology or American Indian art.  Patricia Condon Johnston’s book Eastman Johnson’s Lake Superior Indians is now available for sale for ($10 tax included; cash or check only) in the Society’s offices located in the historic Depot.


Eastman Johnson was the most celebrated American genre painter of his era, especially for his sensitive paintings of country life.  Less well-know is this series of paintings and drawings made earlier in his career of the native Ojibwe at Lake Superior.  This book depicts his paintings, which are part of a permanent collection at the St. Louis County Historical Society.


Additionally, Patricia Condon has written frequently about her native Minnesota and authored Stillwater, Minnesota’s Birthplace, based on the John Runk collection of historic photographs.

Please contact Kathleen Cargill, 733.7586, if you would like to reserve a copy of Lake Superior Indians for pick up. 



In a partnership with the St. Louis County Historical Society - Veterans Memorial Hall, the USS Duluth Crewmembers Association is pleased to offer commemorative engraved bricks for purchase.

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Volunteer Gallery Attendants Needed

The St. Louis County Historical Society is seeking volunteer gallery attendants for its Lake Superior Ojibwe Gallery.


Training will be provided.  We seek volunteers for all days.

For additional details, visit us at



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