Events at the St. Louis County Historical Society
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Antique Appraisal

Bring your antique/collectible item to the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center (the Depot) for a free appraisal on Wednesday, July 19, 2017!  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 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.


Lunch with the History People

When: Thursday, July 20, 2017, from noon – 1 PM


Who: Brian McMahon has written numerous articles and has extensively lectured on architecture, industry and urban history.  He also has created several museum exhibits.  Recently, Brian authored a book entitled The Ford Century in Minnesota, which was published by the University of Minnesota Press, in 2016. 


What: Brian will discuss “Ford Motor Company’s Involvement in Duluth and the Iron Range.”  Ford invested in an Eveleth taconite plant in 1963 and later in a mine and production facility in Nashwauk.  The company leased coal docks in Duluth, and transported iron ore from Duluth to the factories in Detroit, Michigan.  The economic and political impact of the Ford Motor Company reaches throughout the state of Minnesota.    


Where: The event will be held in the Ruth Maney Room 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 2017 Presentations

Ruth Maney Room

Noon – 1 PM

Free, seating: first-come, first-served

August 17, 2017, Chad Scott: The history of the docks in Canal Park and the surrounding area

September 21, 2017, Kristi Beaver of Safe Haven: The history of the battered women’s movement in St. Louis County

October 19, 2017, Michael Socha, Jr.: Vera

Genealogy Workshop

9:30 AM – Noon, July 13, 2017

The St. Louis County Historical Society is hosting a workshop entitled Basic Genealogy:  How to Create a Working Binder on Thursday, July 13, from 9:30 AM to noon in the Ruth Maney Room on the ground floor of the Depot.  Attendees will learn how to search for, understand and sort through historical and family documents to create an easy-to-read binder.  A Toolkit for Beginners - free to attendees - will include local, state and national resource as well as tips for successful genealogy research.  The workshop is free and open to the public.  Kathleen Cargill is the workshop leader and an experienced teacher of basic genealogy. Seating is limited, so please contact the Society at 733.7586 to reserve a place!  Refreshments will be served.


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