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Thursday, October 15, 2015, from noon – 1 PM

Anthony Bush will discuss "Beriah Magoffin, J. Proctor Knott, and the Origin of Proctor, Minnesota."  Discover how the railroad town of Proctor, Minnesota developed.

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The new Lake Superior Ojibwe Gallery will be formally dedicated on Tuesday, October 20, 2015.  The free public event starts with a celebration of Ojibwe culture featuring Fond du Lac Reservation dancers and drummers from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the Depot Great Hall.  A public reception and dedication ceremonies follow from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM. 

Billy Blackwell, a member of the Grand Portage Band of Ojibwe, will conduct the dedication ceremony.  Complementary refreshments will be served.   Special gallery tours, presented by members of the Ojibwe community, will be scheduled between 10:00 AM and 6:30 PM.

The Ojibwe Gallery features the work of internationally recognized 19th century painter Eastman Johnson.  The gallery is a project of the St. Louis County Historical Society, custodians of the art depicting the Ojibwe people when Johnson visited the “Head of the Lakes” in 1856 and 1857.

According to Society Executive Director JoAnne Coombe “The mandate for the gallery – conveying the voice and viewpoint of the Lake Superior Ojibwe – developed after years of collaborative discussion with a hardworking American Indian Advisory Committee -  comprised of tribal appointees from the Fond du Lac, Bois Forte and Grand Portage Bands – and at large members of the American Indian community.”  “The committee will now focus on educational programming and traveling exhibits to celebrate the Ojibwe way of life – past and present.”

The Lake Superior Ojibwe Gallery project was made possible by the support of the residents of St. Louis County and funding provided through the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, the JNM Gift Trust and the Depot Foundation.  The Historic Union Depot Corporation and the St. Louis County Historical Society are co-hosting the dedication and related activities.

David Wheat Statue Now on Second Floor at Duluth International Airport


2015 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.


In 2015, a scholarship award of $1,000 will be given to one student.


To view and print the application select Colalillo Scholarship.


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The 2015 application deadline is November 2, 2015.




Volunteer Docents Needed

St. Louis County Historical Society is seeking volunteer docents for its new Ojibwe Gallery. Training will be provided.  We seek volunteers for all days, but are especially interested in weekend help.

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