Events at the St. Louis County Historical Society
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New Children’s Exhibit Opens at the Depot on Sunday, May 31, 2015


You are invited to the Depot on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. to experience a new children’s Finnish themed interactive exhibit, Explore Eli’s Farm, followed by a family activity focusing on midsummer in Finland.

The St. Louis County Historical Society has recreated a scene from the popular Eli Wirtanen Finnish Farmstead located 40 miles north of Duluth on the Vermilion Trail (Hwy.4).  Eli was 34 when he homesteaded this property in 1904.  The farm stands as a tribute to our area’s early settlers.  Now a child sized dove-tailed corner log cabin nestled in the Depot and surrounded by a garden, chicken coop and sauna offers hands-on learning opportunities.  Here children will learn through play as they perform chores typical of life on Eli’s farmstead.

The new permanent exhibit was funded by a grant from the Depot Foundation and was created with the support of the Friends of the Wirtanen Pioneer Farm in Markham and the Nordic Center in Duluth.

A public opening will be celebrated at 2:30 p.m. with representatives of the Society, Wirtanen Farm and Nordic Center announcing their collaboration - - bringing Finnish culture to  Depot visitors through interactive exhibits and regular family programming.  At 3:00 p.m. a special family program, Enjoy a Nordic Midsummer, will be presented by artists and educators Angel and Andy Saur as part of  SunFUNdays, a Nordic Center program series.

Admission to the new interactive children’s exhibit and SunFUNday programming is free.  Refreshments will be provided. 




Watch for more details to come about our June 18th program!


Upcoming Lunch with the History People Presentations

In the Underground at the Depot

Noon – 1 PM

Free, Seating: first-come, first-served          

June 18, 2015, Doug Luthanen: “The Underground Miners of the Vermilion Range”

July 16, 2015, Wes Berntson: History of Duluth

August 20, 2015

September 24, 2015, Diane Lynch and Dick Osgood: "Minnesota Winery Stories"

October 15, 2015


Antique Appraisal


Bring your antique/collectible item to the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center (the Depot) for a free appraisal on Wednesday, June 17, 2015!  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.


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3 PM, 2nd floor of the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center (the Depot)

May 31, 2015: “Explore a Nordic Midsummer” with Angel and Andy Saur

June 28, 2015: “Explore Nature in Finnish” with Kaitlin and Matti Erpestad

July 26, 2015: “Celebrate an Immigrant’s Birthday”

August 23, 2015: “Meet the Moomins” with Dr. Emily Woster

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