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


Lunch with the History People

When: Thursday, August 21, 2014, from noon – 1 PM

Who: For 35 years Arnold Alanen was a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He taught for the Department of Landscape Architecture.  His courses included history and historic preservation.  In 2008, his book on Morgan Park received the Northeast Minnesota Book Award.

What: Arnold will discuss “Morgan Park: Duluth, U.S. Steel, and the Forging of a Company Town,” which outlines the steel plant’s 60 years of history.  Residents began to move into Morgan Park in 1914, and the plant began production in 1915.  Arnold’s lecture provides an overview of the importance of the planning and design of Morgan Park and the “complicated relationship between the employee and the employer.”  He will also share the current endeavors of the neighborhood to preserve and maintain the community’s character.

Books may be purchased at the presentation for $25.00.

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 publicARCO 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

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, 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.  


Friday, August 22 at 2 pm the 12-ton anchor of the USS Duluth will be dedicated on its new Lakewalk site, located next to the Vietnam Memorial, behind the Fitger’s Complex.


Join us in celebrating with those who put countless hours and personal resources toward bringing this prize “home.” The USS Duluth saw service in the Vietnam and the Gulf War, assisted in the Exon Valdez Alaskan oil spill clean-up and provided humanitarian assistance after the 2005 Indian Ocean tsunami.  It was the second Navy ship to be named after our city.


The decommissioned USS Duluth was an amphibious transport dock, also called landing platform/dock (LPD) ship, used to transport and land U.S. Marines, their equipment and supplies and otherwise support amphibious operations, using various waterborne amphibious landing watercraft and numerous types of helicopters and vertical take-off & landing V-22 Ospreys and AV-8 Harrier jets.


The LPD’s capability to house, feed and provide medical care for up to 1000+ people made the ship uniquely capable of supporting both amphibious and humanitarian operations.


Speakers will include: Mayor Don Ness, Rear Admiral Duryea, USS Duluth Crewmembers Association President Don Rowe and USS Duluth Commanding Officers. Original crew members are also expected to be on hand.


For further background, see:


Culture & Cuisine

October 16, 2014


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History in a Pint 

September 25, 2014, from  6 PM - 7 PM

Carmody Irish Pub & Brewing

Speaker TBA


The event will be held at Carmody Irish Pub, 308 E. Superior St., in Duluth, MN.  We hope you can join us! 


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