Events at the St. Louis County Historical Society
St. Louis County MN Historical Society


95th Annual Meeting of the Membership on April 25, 2017

St. Louis County Historical Society invites you to help celebrate its 95th Annual Meeting of the Membership on April 25, 2017.  In the Great Hall of the St. Louis County Culture & Arts Center (the Depot), the featured speaker Miro Medved, Honorary Consul, Republic of Slovenia, will present on Preserving the Slovenian Heritage.  He will be followed by the Singing Slovenes whose performances include traditional Slovenian music.


The evening begins at 5:00 PM with a social hour during which you may view the three-part Slovenian Exhibit of panels depicting the immigration and cultural impact of Slovenians in Minnesota, original paintings by noted artist Albin Zaverl, and several Father Baraga/Father Buh artifacts on loan by the Duluth Diocese.


At 6:00 PM dinner, prepared by Duluth Grill Catering, will be served and is designed to reflect the ethnic food of Slovenia.  Entrees include pork roast, potato cakes, vegetables and apple strudel. 


After the program at 7:00 PM, a brief business meeting will be held to elect the Society’s governors for 2017-2018, including ratification of Affiliate Representatives, and the St. Louis County Board Representative and an Alternate.

Please RSVP no later than Friday, April 21 by calling 218.733.7586, or by emailing  The cost of the dinner is $35.  A cash bar will be available. Please join us.

Plated Dinner by Duluth Grill

Dinner includes:

* Pork roast with horseradish - Svinjska pecenka and Hren

*  Potato cakes - Krompirjevo pecivo

*  Green beans with bacon - Strocji fizol s slanino

*  Coleslaw - Zeljeva solata

* Chicken soup with homemade noodles - Kokosja juha with Rezanci

All meals include:
coffee and apple strudel.

Recipes are from The Slovenian-American Table, a publication of the Slovenian Union of America and Zarja – The Dawn.  2015.


Antique Appraisal moved to the ROTUNDA at the Depot!

Bring your antique/collectible item to the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center (the Depot) for a free appraisal on Wednesday, April 19, 2017!  The St. Louis County Historical Society has arranged for Dan Sershon of Northland Estate Services and Denny Mager of Northern Specialty, both experts in antique appraisal, to be at your service from noon until 3 PM in the ROTUNDAPlease arrive no later than 2:30 PM to register in person.

You may bring up to two items per person for an informal oral identification and evaluation of each antique.  If the piece is too large or fragile to be hand-carried, clear photographs with a description of any marks and labels will be sufficient.  

Past participants have thoroughly enjoyed the appraiser’s comments on what is always an interesting assortment of antiques and collectibles.  ARCO coffee is available while you wait.                                                                  

This session is part of an on-going public education program offered by the St. Louis County Historical Society.  Sponsorship does not imply endorsement of this or any other estate/appraisal service, and museum staff is prohibited by professional ethics from making financial appraisals. 

Call (218) 733-7568 or e-mail for further information.

Lunch with the History People

When: Thursday, May 18, 2017, from noon – 1 PM


Who: Society volunteer Charles Bruns spent several years working for the Minnesota DNR fisheries in the French River.  He has Bachelor of Science degrees in Sociology and Anthropology.  After retiring from the DNR, he pursued his interest in the Old Copper Culture by participating in federal archaeological digs and interning in the Archaeometry Lab at the University of Minnesota-Duluth under Dr. George Rapp.


What: Charles will lecture on “The Old Copper Culture & Megaliths on the Laurentian Divide.”  Travel back to the ancient world as he explores trade routes that may have branched out further than previously known.  “The demand for copper became crucial to man as the Bronze Age dawned,” according to Charles, and “the purest was found about Lake Duluth.” 


Where: The event will be held in the Ruth Maney Room on the first floor of the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center (the Depot), at 506 West Michigan Street, Duluth, Minnesota. 

There will be limited theater-style seating (no tables), but feel free to bring your own bag lunch.  Seating is first-come, first-served (no reservations).  Admittance to this event is free to the public.  ARCO coffee is provided.


For more information contact:               

Julie Bolos



During any presentation, the views and findings expressed are solely that of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the position or opinion of the St. Louis County Historical Society, its board or staff.

2017 Presentations

Ruth Maney Room

Noon – 1 PM

Free, seating: first-come, first-served

May 18, 2017, Charles Bruns: “The Old Copper Culture & Megaliths on the Laurentian Divide”

June 15, 2017, Chad Lewis: “Bizarre Burial Beliefs and Traditions- Nothing is a Strange as Death”  

July 20, 2017, Brian McMahon: Ford Motor Company’s involvement in Duluth and the Iron Range

August 17, 2017, Chad Scott: The history of the docks in Canal Park and the surrounding area

September 21, 2017, Kristi Beaver of Safe Haven: The history of the battered women’s movement in St. Louis County

October 19, 2017, Michael Socha, Jr.: Vera


VMH 5K Fun Run/Walk

9 AM on May 20, 2017

Veterans Memorial Hall is again sponsoring the VMH 5K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, May 20. The race begins at 9:00 AM. Join us for the race at The Other Place Bar and Grille, 3930 East Calvary Road in Duluth. Free parking is available for participants across the street in the Voyageur Bus Company lot. This annual ev
ent is open to all ages.  Runners may register ($25) on-line with a credit card at

To view and print the race application click VMH 5K Registration forms are also available at the administrative office of the St. Louis County Historical Society, 506 West Michigan Street, Duluth, Minnesota, 55802.  Completed forms may be returned with payments (cash or check) to the Society’s administrative office.    


Please direct questions to John Werner, Veterans Memorial Hall Advisory Committee at  Veterans Memorial Hall was established in 1910 and is a joint program between the St. Louis County Historical Society and military service veterans of northeastern Minnesota. Its mission is to gather, preserve, interpret and promote the rich and diverse human experiences of veterans, their families and communities.  There are more than 6,000 veteran stories on the website

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