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




When: Thursday, September 18, 2014, from noon – 1 PM


Who: As the sole proprietor of Cedar Story Services, Gina Temple-Rhodes records oral histories for local non-profits. Her examination of birthing history began in 2011, when Birthing Ways Doula Connection recruited her to interview women who had given birth during the 1930's - 1950's. She conducted in-depth historic research and sought out photos to further develop the project in 2013.


What: Gina will discuss “Birthing Progress: The History of Giving Birth in Duluth,” which outlines her interviews and research.  Her explorations captured a part of history that has often been neglected.  The stories document the births of “some who were later jailed and others who rose to prominence as local business leaders.”  According to Gina, “birth moved from the realm of homes and women to the scientific and sometimes secret world of hospitals and male doctors.”


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

Noon – 1 PM

May 15, 2014, Stephen Mulholland: Archaeology

June 19, 2014, Heidi Bakk-Hansen: “Madam Gain”

July 17, 2014, Tony Dierckins: “History of 1889 City Hall and the Mayors that Served”

August 21, 2014, Arnold Alanen: “Morgan Park: Duluth, U.S. Steel, and the Forging of a Company Town”

September 18, 2014, Gina Temple-Rhodes: "Birthing Progress: The History of Giving Birth in Duluth"

October 16, 2014, Rhonda Fochs: “Minnesota’s Lost Towns”


Antique Appraisal            

Bring your antique/collectible item to the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center (the Depot) for a free appraisal on Wednesday, May 21, 2014!  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. 


Veterans' Memorial Hall: VMH 5K Fun Run

Saturday, May 17, 2014, at 9 AM

See our race listing at:


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You may also register on-line with a credit card at

The St. Louis County Historical Society invites the public to participate in the VMH 5K Fun Run, a fundraiser for its Veterans’ Memorial Hall Program.  The race begins at 9 AM on Saturday, May 17, 2014, 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 $20 by May 1, 2014, and $25 on May 2, 2014, or later.  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 at  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.  Awards will be given to the top racers in each age group for males and females and teams of five members.


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.


History in a Pint

May 29, 2014, from  6 PM - 7 PM

Carmody Irish Pub & Brewing

Tom Buck presents on Japanese swords.

Watch for additional details to be posted!



Curiosities from the Collection hosted by Wes Berntson and Judge Bouschor


June 27, 2014


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