Events at the St. Louis County Historical Society
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When: Thursday, November 17, 2016, from noon – 1 PM

Who: Anthony Bush has played amateur baseball for 19 years and been the Proctor Rails’ pitching coach for 13 years.  His baseball articles have been published by the Duluth Budgeteer, Proctor Journal and Zenith City Online.  He is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) and has been published on their website (  His piece on the history of the Wade Stadium was included in the Duluth Huskies’ souvenir game program.  Last summer, he spoke at Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum on baseball history.


What: Anthony discusses “Work or Fight: The 1918 Duluth-Mesaba League & How the Great War Brought Great Baseball to the Twin Ports & the Range.”  In addition to the war, this was the time of the Cloquet Fire and the Spanish Flu.  According to Anthony, “The baseball faithful were treated to the best league the area has ever known as many of the nation's current major- and

minor-league players flocked to Duluth, Duluth's Riverside neighborhood, Hibbing and Superior to find industrial work deemed essential to the war effort, and to play a little Sunday baseball.”


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.        


Antique Appraisal 

Bring your antique/collectible item to the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center (the Depot) for a free appraisal on Wednesday, November 16, 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 Great HallPlease 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.

USS Duluth Celebration

1 PM on October 28, 2016

At USS Duluth Anchor – the Lakewalk

Free public event

On Friday, October 28th at 1:00 p.m., a historic event will take place on Duluth’s Lakewalk in front of the USS Duluth Anchor Monument , next to the Vietnam Memorial, behind Fitger’s Complex.  The City will celebrate the homecoming of the USS Duluth Presentation Silver nearly 50 years after the City presented it to the ship and to its crew.


Former Mayor Ben Boo will be joined by local dignitaries and members of the USS Duluth Crewmembers Association as the ship’s silver will be presented to the St. Louis County Historical Society for display in their Veterans Memorial Hall exhibit at the Depot on Michigan Street.  


According to Veterans Memorial Hall Advisory Committee Chair, Dennis Hughes, “The history and tradition of Navy ship’s silver dates back to 1799, and it’s rare for the Navy to return the silver to the city of origin.  We are pleased that the Mayor who presented the silver as a gift from the City will be joined by former Mayor Ness and Mayor Larson to mark this historic occasion.  Crewmembers from the USS Duluth are committed to preserving their ship’s history through our Veterans Memorial Hall exhibit and will join in the celebration.”


Society Executive Director, JoAnne Coombe, added: “The Society and its Veterans Memorial Hall Advisory Committee raised over $70,000 to ensure the exhibit, opening in summer 2017, will respectfully display the USS Duluth silver and hundreds of other objects that tell the story about area service men and women.”   


The public is invited to attend the celebration and to see the silver before it is returned to storage.  A no-host reception will be held at Pickwick following the ceremony to meet crewmembers and hear more about the ship that was named for the City of Duluth.



Veterans Remembrance Dinner Dedicated to “The Man Behind the Medal”


The St. Louis County Historical Society and its Veterans Memorial Hall program invites the public to the 12th annual Veterans Remembrance Dinner on Thursday, December 8, 2016. The theme for this year’s event is: The Man Behind the Medal:  The Story of Duluth’s Native Son, Major Henry Courtney, Jr.


Our keynote speaker is Captain Michael Stainbrook, Sr., Delta Air Lines (ret.), and Captain with Northwest Airlines. Court Storey, nephew of Major Courtney, will also be presenting the story of the family’s efforts to Bring the Medal Home for display in Veterans Memorial Hall.


The event begins with a social hour at 5:00 p.m. in the Great Hall of the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center (the Depot), and will end by 8:00 p.m. Spotlighted will be the presentation of the Mike Colalillo Medal of Honor Scholarship in the amount of $1500, to this year’s winner.


Proceeds from the event will help support the Veterans Memorial Hall Program of the St. Louis County Historical Society.          


Tickets are $25.00 and may be purchased at the office of Veterans Memorial Hall at the St. Louis County Heritage and Arts Center (the Depot), or be reserved by calling 218-733-7586.


This community-based event is sponsored by many leading local businesses. Arrowhead Professional Chefs Association will prepare the dinner and donate their services.


Veterans Memorial Hall was established in 1909 and is a program of the St. Louis County Historical Society. It is the mission of Veterans Memorial Hall to preserve and collect veterans’ stories and artifacts, and to educate the general public about the history of veterans from northeastern Minnesota.


Contact:  JoAnne Coombe

Executive Director, St. Louis County Historical Society


506 West Michigan Street

Duluth, MN 55802



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