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Volunteer Gallery Attendants Needed for Ojibwe Gallery


The St. Louis County Historical Society is seeking volunteer gallery attendants for its Lake Superior Ojibwe Gallery.  This is a great opportunity for lovers of art, history and culture. The Ojibwe Gallery features the work of nationally recognized 19th century painter Eastman Johnson, whose paintings and drawings, notable for their realism and attention to detail, are on display. The Society’s collection includes 37 works produced by Johnson during his two year stay in the areas now known as Duluth, Superior and Grand Portage.


An equally important component of the Gallery is the selection of American Indian, primarily Ojibwe, artifacts from the Society’s collection that lend insight into Ojibwe culture. Training will orient volunteers to the art, history and culture aspects of this exhibit, as well as to the Society’s partnerships with the tribal entities of the region, which include Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Bois Forte Band of Chippewa and Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.


If interested, you can pick up an application at the Society’s administrative offices, from the Visitors Service Desk or online via the link below. Any additional questions or concerns should be directed to Collections Manager and Exhibits Curator, Samantha M. Tubbs, via e-mail at or by phone at (218) 576-3114.


The Ojibwe Gallery is open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm every day of the week.


Volunteers are needed for all days.

To view and print the online application, go to


In a partnership with the St. Louis County Historical Society - Veterans Memorial Hall, the USS Duluth Crewmembers Association is pleased to offer commemorative engraved bricks for purchase.

To learn more, go to


Look at Lakeside

Topics in this issue include learning about the local cub scout packs and what they are up to, a memorial for the Great Catsby, new owners of Snap Fitness, an interview with Samantha Smingler - an awesome educator for the Great Lakes Aquarium - local blood drives, and lots of community events.  The 8 blanks pages seem to fill up quickly.  I have also added some general health tips in the back and on the front a little Irish joke.

Wendy Grethen


Classes with Local Historian Wendy Grethen

Local history: Early Days of Minnesota Point

May 15, 6:30 PM - 8 PM   $15

Learn about settling on the point, early events, businesses, services and people on this special stretch of land that is part of the world's longest freshwater sand bar right here in Duluth.


Dye a Silk Scarf

May 10  6:30-7:30 PM  $8

Now is your chance to take home a completed art project all in one night. Several techniques will be shown to create a beautiful scarf.

The hardest part is picking which colors to use. Experience the joy of making something. Material fees: $15 for the basic scarf. More sizes available. Great as a gift.



Learn to Play the Mountain Dulcimer

April 17 and 24  6:30-8 p.m.   $28

In this class you'll learn the basics to play the mountain dulcimer which is an American folk instrument played on your lap.  You'll learn a bit about its history, parts, how to tune, and will be playing tunes

in no time. No music experience necessary.   Instrument provided.

Instructor: Wendy Grethen



Historic Sites in Duluth and Minnesota

April 10, 6:30-8 p.m. $15

The past is over but we know many people came before us.  They built buildings and structures, held events, learned, worshiped,  made it in the booms, and were together in some devastating times. Wendy is an amateur local history buff who has also created two local history films.

Instructor; Wendy Grethen

To register contact Duluth Community Education at 218-336-8760 ext. 1.

Learn more at:

Germanic Genealogy Society Workshop

Saturday, February 18, 2017


The Germanic Genealogy Society will offer a workshop for people interested in researching their ancestry in the Germanic areas.


Location: Concordia University Library & Technology Center 1282 Concordia Ave. St. Paul, MN Room 214


9:00 Registration Cost: $10

9:30 Presentations

Library Topic by Diane Schmidt

Beginner Topic by Kim Ashford

The remaining time will be available

for individual help from knowledgeable

GGS members and an opportunity to

become familiar with the GGS library



Upcoming meetings:

March 25 – GGS Spring Meeting

July 28-30 International Germanic Genealogy Conference

September 23 – GGS Fall Meeting

October 14 – GGS Fall Workshop

November 11 – GGS Annual Meeting Website:



Germanic Genealogy Society 2017 Spring Meeting

Saturday, March 25, 2017


Normandale Community College, Fine Arts Building - Lorenz Auditorium, Room F1265


Normandale Community College is located in Bloomington, Minnesota, in the southwestern suburbs of the Twin Cities at 9700 France Ave South (2 miles south of I-494). From France Ave, turn west (right) onto 98th Street, then turn right into parking lot 2. Entrance to the Fine Arts Building is just north of the parking lot number 2.


Dr. Michael D. Lacopo – Nationally Known Speaker

Dr. Michael Lacopo is an expert in German-American research who was born and raised in northern Indiana. A self-described all-American mutt, his research skills cover a broad range. He takes a scientific approach to his research as he did in his trained profession of veterinary medicine. Researching since 1980, he has lectured internationally and appeared in numerous journals and periodicals. He has written or co-written several single name studies since 1985.



8:30 am Registration

9:00 am Announcements & Introductions

9:15 am The German Immigrant Experience in the 18th Century

10:50 am I’ve Had My DNA Tested….Now What?

12 noon Box Lunch

1:30 pm Deconstructing Your Family Tree: Re-evaluating the “Evidence”

3:00 pm How to Overcome Brick Wall Problems in Pennsylvania German Research


Topic descriptions can be found on the GGS website.


Germanic Genealogy Society



News Release

from the International German Genealogy Partnership

(formerly German-American Genealogical Partnership)

Jan. 11, 2017 — For immediate release

Contact: Kent Cutkomp, (612) 920-8118,


Registration Opens Feb. 1 for International German Genealogy ‘Connections’ Conference in July


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—Registration opens Feb. 1 for the 2017 International Germanic Genealogy Conference, set for July 28-30 in Minneapolis, Minn.


Early, discounted registration runs through March: $225 for individuals belonging to organizations that are members of the International German Genealogy Partnership (formerly German-American Genealogical Partnership), and $250 for all others. Regular registration begins April 1 at the standard rate, $299.


Register by completing and mailing a print form or by completing the online form available at the Partnership website , set to go live in late January. Print forms can be downloaded from the website and are also available through local genealogy societies that are members of the Partnership.


A 12-page registration booklet containing specifics on the conference, including daily schedules and presentations, is available on the website and in print from local societies.


Hotel rooms at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest Hotel in Brooklyn Park, Minn., venue for the conference, sold out in December. Additional nearby hotels are offering special rates for conference attendees. Go to or for hotel information and room reservations.


The conference features more than 70 presentations over three full days. An all-star lineup of speakers includes many well-known international figures, including Roger Minert, Ernest Thode, Dirk Weissleder of Germany, Baerbel Johnson, Fritz Juengling, Michael Lacopo, James Beidler, Paula Stuart-Warren, Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, Jill Morelli, Stephen Morse, and others from Germany and Australia.


The conference —“Connections: International. Cultural. Personal.” — also offers a unique opportunity for German genealogists to make personal connections nationally and internationally. Daily “Connections” sessions and a slate of presentations on regional specialties are planned.


“This may be one of the largest German genealogy events ever held in the United States,” said officials of the Minnesota-based Germanic Genealogy Society, host of conference and a co-founder of the Partnership, which is organizing the conference.


The International German Genealogy Partnership is a young and rapidly growing international organization. Founded in 2015, it joins German genealogy societies across America, Germany, Canada, England and other European countries, and continues to draw new societies worldwide. Partnership members include the 65 societies belonging to the Germany-based Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Genealogischer Verbände, whose leadership helped in founding the Partnership.




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