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St. Louis County Historical Society Presents:




When: Thursday, August 20, 2015, from noon – 1 PM


Who: Megan Marsnik, originally from Biwabik, is the author of “Under Ground,” the historic online novel published by the Star Tribune.  Currently, she resides and teaches in the Twin Cities area.  In addition, she frequently presents on the significance of women in local and national labor history.


What: Megan’s lecture on “Immigrant Labor Uprisings in Northern Minnesota” is derived from Under Ground and her research on the 1916 miners’ strike on the Iron Range.  Her talk will review the role women played in the labor movement.  She will also read passages from her book and highlight actual events and people who provided inspiration for her writing.

Where: The event will be held in the Underground 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.       


Upcoming Lunch with the History People Presentations

In the Underground at the Depot

Noon – 1 PM

Free, Seating: first-come, first-served                

September 24, 2015, Diane Lynch and Dick Osgood: Minnesota Winery Stories

October 15, 2015, Anthony Bush: "Beriah Magoffin, J. Proctor Knott, and the Origin of Proctor, Minnesota"



100th Anniversary of Polka Legends Frank Yankovic and Johnny Pecon

2 PM on July 30, 2015


St. Louis County Historical Society is pleased to announce a second presentation by Joe Valencic, President of the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum, on Slovenian polka in America.  The event will be held in the Underground theater of the Depot (St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center) on July 30, 2015, at 2:00 p.m.   This event will honor the 100th anniversary of polka legends Frank Yankovic and Johnny Pecon.  The event is free and the public is invited. Complimentary birthday cake and beverages will also be served.

Discover how Slovenian style polka music became a sensation across the U.S. and Canada, as about 100 years ago, a new style of American dance music emerged from Slovenian settlements in places like Cleveland, Ohio and Minnesota’s Iron Range.  In the decade after WWII, America’s Polka King Frank Yankovic and bandleader Johnny Pecon, both born in 1915, were two of the most influential musicians to popularize this happy, danceable music among a wider American audience.  Their recordings and appearances touched off a polka craze that is still enjoyed throughout the Midwest.

A short film will also be shown, as part of this multimedia presentation by Valencic, a well-known documentary maker in both the U.S. and Europe.  This presentation is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Office for Slovenes Abroad of the Republic of Slovenia.

Please direct questions about this event to Susan at 218-733-7586.

Antique Appraisal 

Bring your antique/collectible item to the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center (the Depot) for a free appraisal on Wednesday, August 19, 2015!  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 Great Hall.  Please 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.


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3 PM, 2nd floor of the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center (the Depot)

August 23, 2015: “Meet the Moomins” with Dr. Emily Woster

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