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" Presentation in the Underground

Noon – 1 PM

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, September 17, 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.  


Culture & Cuisine

October 16, 2014


It’s time again for Culture & Cuisine in the Great Hall at the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center – better known as the Depot. Sponsored by the St. Louis Historical Society and the Italian American Club of Duluth, it’s time to – save the date!  - for this fabulous fundraiser and feast.


Thursday, October 16th in the Depot Great Hall

Social Hour 6-7 pm

Dinner 7-8 pm

Program 8-9 pm


The event is limited to just 200 people, and last time the event sold out, so plan on buying your tickets early.


The entire meal, including the appetizers, will be prepared by Valentini’s Vicino Lago (Valentini’s by the Lake). The 80-year-old family business opened its doors July 14, 1934 in Chisholm, MN, when Justina Valentini first began serving her authentic, made-from-scratch Italian meals. Today the third generation is serving up its family’s recipes in Duluth and Chisholm. History doesn’t get more delicious than this.


The social hour begins at 6:00 pm with Super One Liquor taking attendees on a wine-tasting tour of Italy while they sample butler-served artichoke crostini and Italian eggrolls. The entrée will include boneless chicken cacciatore and cheese tortellini in a sausage, spinach, and sun-dried-tomato Alfredo sauce.


To set the mood, local impresario Todd Eckert will be bringing Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin to the stage in an homage to old Las Vegas. Guests will also have the opportunity to bid on dozens of wonderful items in a silent auction.


To purchase tickets ($40 per person), contact Kristi Johnson at 218-733-7586 or email


To view and print the flyer in a separate screen, click on Italian!

History in a Pint 

September 25, 2014, from  6 PM - 7 PM

Carmody Irish Pub & Brewing

308 E. Superior Street
Duluth, MN  55802

Veterans’ Memorial Hall, a program of the St. Louis County Historical Society, announces its next event in the local history discussion series, “History in a Pint.” The presentation, entitled “The Forgotten Theater of War During WWII,” will take place at Carmody Irish Pub & Brewing, and will begin at 6:00 PM on Thursday, September 25th. The event is free and open to the public.


In 1943, Richard “Dick” Kern, served in the U.S. Army Air Force, with the 436th Bombardment Squadron, 10th Air Force.  He was a Staff Sergeant & tail gunner in a B-24J “Liberator” bomber, and flew 300 combat flying hours with his crew.  Richard will talk about his bombing missions in Burma and French Indochina in 1944, along with his time spent supplying gas to fighter strips in China for the Flying Tigers.  He will also talk about his time spent in India where he continued bombing bridges, like the bridge on the River Kwai.     


We advise guests to park in the parking ramp behind and connected to the Sheraton, which is across the street from Carmody’s.


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,, features more than 6,000 veteran stories.

For questions or more information, contact Alex Helland, Veterans’ Memorial Hall Program Manager, at 218-733-7500 or



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