Recent News at the St. Louis County Historical Society
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Recent News

New Board Member and New Veterans Memorial Hall Advisory Committee Member


Anntoinette ‘Toni’ Thorstad, MA in social work, recently joined the Society’s Board of Governors.  She is a case worker for the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans-MACV, and was elected to the Board of Governors at the 95th Annual Meeting of the Membership held in April.


Scott E. Markle, MA in education, has joined the Society’s Veterans Memorial Hall Program Advisory Committee.  He is a military retiree with over 20 years in the US Air Force.  Additionally, he is a member of the Head O’ The Lakes Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, and is a member of the Richard I. Bong American Legion Post #435.

St. Louis County Historical Society New Employees


Pippi Mayfield, MS in legal studies, has been hired as the Veterans Memorial Hall Program Assistant.  She will connect volunteer oral historians with St. Louis County military veterans to secure their stories for the Society’s archives.  Pippi is an experienced writer for the Duluth News Tribune.  She has authored a history of Becker County and is now researching the history of ice harvesting in Detroit Lakes.


Charlene ‘Charley’ Langowski, BS in anthropology with a concentration in archaeology, recently was hired as the Museum Collections Assistant.  She assists the Collections Manager/Exhibits Curator in the care of collections and exhibits.


Kathleen Cargill, MA in anthropology, was hired in late 2016 as Administrative Assistant to the Society’s Executive Director.  Her duties include assisting with grant writing, interfacing with Society Board members, and serving as a genealogy research advisor. She formerly taught anthropology at The College of St. Scholastica and was that college’s first director of the McNair Scholars Program.

Genealogy Workshop

St. Louis County Historical Society hosted a workshop entitled "Basic Genealogy: How to Create a Working Binder" on Thursday, July 13.  Kathleen Cargill, the workshop leader, is an experienced teacher of basic genealogy.  Attendees learned how to search for, understand and sort through historical and family documents to create an easy-to-read binder.

Veterans Memorial Hall Looking for Volunteers for the Oral History Program

Veterans Memorial Hall, a program of the St. Louis County Historical Society, is looking for volunteers to conduct oral history interviews with area veterans. The historical society held a training session Thursday for those interested on June 1.

If you missed the session, but you are still interested, please contact Pippi Mayfield at  or 218-733-7507.

Veterans Memorial Hall Exhibit Grand Re-Opening

Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at 2 PM

Veterans Memorial Hall, a program of the St. Louis County Historical Society, hosted a public reception and press conference on Tuesday, May 30, at 2:00 PM at the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center (Depot) in the Great Hall. The reception celebrated a major redesign of Veterans Memorial Hall to honor those St. Louis County citizens who served in the US military.

Slovenian Impact on Minnesota's Cultural Landscape

A selection of pieces from the Old Country Memories collection was on display in conjunction with this special traveling exhibit.

The exhibit was on display April 21 - May 31 at the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center (the Depot) in the Great Hall.



VMH 5K Fun Run/Walk

The 2017 VMH 5K Fun Run/Walk was on Saturday, May 20, 2017. The race began at 9 AM at the Other Place Bar & Grill, 3930 East Calvary Road, Duluth, Minnesota.


First place male winner was Trent Spry with the time of 24:08.

First place female winner was Calla Johnson with the time of 27:45.

First place youth winner was Seth Werner with the time of 30:14


Lunch with the History People

On August 17, 2017, Chad W. Scott explored the "Historical Development of Duluth's Waterfront Structures."

On July 20, 2017, Brian McMahon discussed “Ford Motor Company’s Involvement in Duluth and the Iron Range.”

On June 15, Chad Lewis returned to share “Bizarre Burial Beliefs and Traditions - Nothing is as Strange as Death.

On Thursday, May 18, 2017, Society volunteer Charles Bruns lectured on “The Old Copper Culture & Megaliths on the Laurentian Divide.” 

95th Annual Meeting of the Membership on April 25, 2017

St. Louis County Historical Society invited the public to help celebrate its 95th Annual Meeting of the Membership on April 25, 2017. Featured speaker Miro Medved, Honorary Consul, Republic of Slovenia, presented on Preserving the Slovenian Heritage.  He was preceded and followed by the Singing Slovenes whose performances included traditional Slovenian music.

The evening included a Slovenian dinner prepared by Duluth Grill.  Guests were also invited to view the three-part Slovenian Exhibit of panels depicting the immigration and cultural impact of Slovenians in Minnesota, original paintings by noted artist Albin Zaverl, and several Father Baraga/Father Buh artifacts on loan by the Duluth Diocese.

1854 TREATY AUTHORITY - Indigenous Pottery Workshop

1854 partnered with St. Louis County Historical Society to host an indigenous pottery workshop. To learn more about 1854, visit

Veterans Remembrance Dinner

“The Man Behind the Medal”

The St. Louis County Historical Society and its Veterans Memorial Hall program invited the public to the 12th annual Veterans Remembrance Dinner on Thursday, December 8, 2016. The theme for this year’s event was: The Man Behind the Medal:  The Story of Duluth’s Native Son, Major Henry Courtney, Jr. 

Our keynote speaker was Captain Michael Stainbrook, U.S. Marine Corps, Sr., Delta Air Lines (ret.), and Captain with Northwest Airlines. Court Storey, nephew of Major Courtney, also presented the story of the family’s efforts to Bring the Medal Home for display in Veterans Memorial Hall.



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