Megan Nygaard, This Year's Mike Colalillo M.O.H. Scholarship Recipient
From the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation- "Scholarship winner Meghan Nygaard shares a smile with Amber Burns, our scholarships guru. Nygaard won the Mike Colalillo Medal of Honor prize with a family history story tracing her ancestor to the same Civil War regiment as Albert Woolson. The later is memorialized with a statue outside the historic Duluth Depot. The scholarship is awarded by St. Louis County Historical Society at Veterans Memorial Hall. Congratulatio
Elsie Wermerskirchen's "Warm Memories of a Long Ago Christmas"
Our 1st Rootprints newsletter of 2023 will feature Elsie Wermerskirchen's "Warm Memories of a Long Ago Christmas," with the blessing of the Virginia Area Historical Society which included this lovely story in its December "Heritage News." Elsie was a singer and a poet. The University of Minnesota Archival Collections holds many of her newspaper clippings, photographs, sheet music, and pamphlets. Much of the material relates to the history of the Virginia and Pike-Sandy region