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



Antique Appraisal 

Bring your antique/collectible item to the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center (the Depot) for a free appraisal on Wednesday, May 18, 2016!  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 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.




When: Thursday, May 19, 2016, from noon – 1 PM


Who: Bob Matson spent many years working in television and radio as an executive and on-air personality and a station manager.  He hosted The Bear Facts radio show, when he was the executive director of the North American Bear Center.  Currently, he writes about vintage boats for The Timberjay and Minnesota Moments.  He is also the owner of Matson Motors Marine & Small Engine Repair, which specializes in vintage boat restorations.


What: Bob’s lecture on “Amazing Stories of Nautical Archeology!” is based on his book.  “Every boat has a story to tell,” according to Bob.  He has gathered many interesting stories, family histories and tales of remarkable vintage boat restorations.  His talk includes beautiful photos of these fine watercrafts.


Where: The event will be held in the Zelda 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.      




VMH 5K Fun Run/Walk  

9 AM on May 14, 2016

To open the application form, select fun.


The St. Louis County Historical Society invites the public to participate in the VMH 5K Fun Run/Walk, a fundraiser for its Veterans’ Memorial Hall Program.  The race begins at 9 AM on Saturday, May 14, 2016, at the Twig Bakery, 3930 East Calvary Road, Duluth, Minnesota.  Free parking is available for participants across the street in the Voyageur Bus Company lot.


Registration fees are $25 per person.  Registration forms are available at the administrative office of the St. Louis County Historical Society, 506 West Michigan Street, Duluth, Minnesota or on the Society’s website.  See the link above.  Completed forms may be returned with payments (cash or check) to the Society’s administrative office.  On-line registration with a credit card is also available at  Registration fees may apply for on-line registration.


If registering a team, be sure to state the team name and register each member individually.  The registration fee includes a race t-shirt and refreshments. 


Please direct questions to John Werner, Veterans’ Memorial Hall Advisory Committee member, at 218-343-8849 or


Veterans’ Memorial Hall was established in 1910 and is a joint program of the St. Louis County Historical Society and the military service veterans of northeastern Minnesota with a mission to gather, preserve, interpret, and promote the rich and diverse human experiences of veterans, their families and communities, through museum, archival and educational programs.  Its website,, and archives feature more than 6,000 veteran stories.


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