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Press Releases


St. Louis County Historical Society, 506 W. Michigan St., Duluth, Minnesota, announces two openings on its Board of Governors.  The mission statement of the Society is as follows:

The general nature and purpose of the Society shall be the discovery, preservation and dissemination of knowledge about the history and prehistory of St. Louis County and the State of Minnesota. 

The Society is seeking applicants for service on its Board of Governors from the Duluth area and from greater St. Louis County for election by the membership at the April 25, 2017 Annual Meeting of the Membership.

An interest in history, familiarity with nonprofit governance and fundraising experience are highly desirable.  An ideal candidate would have available time to commit to preparing for and attending regular meetings and otherwise effectively and consistently participate in governing the organization, as well as generally enhancing its operations and promoting its mission.  The ability to work constructively and cooperatively with Society staff and other members of the Board of Governors is essential.

Please call the Society administration at 218.733.7586 for information and to have an application form mailed to you.  For more detailed information, you will be referred to Board President Leone Graf.

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

Up North Excursions

Each trip has a nature, art, music, or history connection.


Each day trip registration includes the shows and entrance fees.  Meals are not included unless indicated (Naniboujou Afternoon Tea and Dixieland cruise has buffet that is included).


Please sign up at least 15 days prior to the travel date.  Some trips have even earlier registration deadlines. 


Spring time is here and I've been planning a bunch of fun day trips for the summer and early fall.  The first trip starts already in May!  


I hope to see you on one or more trips in 2017.  The prices for the trips are coming soon but I wanted to get the dates and places out.  Some time changes may adjust a little bit. 


 M  A  Y  2 0 1 7 
May 21 (Sun)  
Rise Up O Men - performance at the Plymouth Playhouse by the Church Basement Ladies. Show is at 2 p.m.   
Depart Perkins West: 11 AM, Return:7 PM   
Reservation Deadline is April 20.

 J  U  N  E  2 0 1 7 
June 11 (Sun)
Tour the State Capitol and James J. Hill House in the Twin Cities
Depart from Perkins West 9AM. Return 7:30 PM.   
Reservation Deadline May 24
June 14 (Wed)
Afternoon Tea at Naniboujou Lodge/Tettegouche State Park  
Tea/scones and light sandwich included.
Depart Perkins London Road 9AM. Return 5PM.  Tea at 1:30 PM  Reservation Deadline May 28
June 21 (Wed)- Gooseberry Falls and North Shore and Castle Danger brewery stop. DQ stop.  Depart 9 AM Perkins London Rd. Return 3PM    Reservation Deadline June 3
June 25 (Sun) St Croix River Boat Ride & Dixieland Jazz Music & Buffet (2 hr cruise)       
Depart from Perkins W: 10:30 AM. Return 6 PM.  Registration Deadline is June 10


 J  U  L  Y  2 0 1 7 

July 5 (Wed)
Cornytime - visit to Cornucopia, commercial fish business Halvorson, and Village Inn restaurant. Meal not included.            
Depart from M&H gas station at 2:30. Return 8PM. Registration deadline is June 20.
July 30 (Sun)  Blueberry Festival in Ely      
Depart 9AM from M&H gas station. Return 5PM. Registration deadline July 14.   

 A U G U S T   2 0 1 7 
Aug 3 (Wed) Taylor Falls Boat Cruise on the St. Croix River and stop at Franconia Sculpture Park.  Includes 80 min boat cruise and stop at Sculpture Park
Depart Perkins West: 10:30 AM. Return 6 pm (Boat cruise at 1 pm) .Registration Deadline July 15
Aug 13 (Sun) Irish Fair of Minnesota on Harriet Island. 3.5 hours at event.  Music. Storytelling. Dance. Vendors. Along the Mississippi River.
Depart Perkins West 9AM. Return 6 PM.
Registration Deadline July 28   
Aug 23 (Wed) Shipwrecks, Sea Caves and Lighthouse Boat excursion from Bayfield.  3-hour boat cruise.  Great Lakes Visitor Center Stop. Toast with natural spring water.  Depart M & H gas station 11:30 AM.  Return 8PM. Registration Deadline Aug 5

 S E P T   2 0 1 7 
Sept 10  (Sun) Little Falls Arts & Craft Fair. 150+ vendors. Lots of food & music.
Depart Perkins West: 8:30 a.m.  Return: 6 p.m. Registration Deadline is Aug 20

To learn more and register for a trip, visit


Questions?  Call 218-525-5098 

Look at Lakeside

Topics in this spring issue include learning more about Sam Snively - a key person who helped develop Skyline Parkway and Seven Bridges Road and had a farm on the outskirts of Lakeside, learning about developing balance of energy at Lakeshore, a new project/trail with bluebirds (houses), meet two local teachers (one retired), learn about plenty of community events and fundraisers, and more.   

Please join in for playing the dice game Bunco on Tuesday, April 25 at the Lakeside Lester Park Community Club.  See the newsletter for more information.  I will be teaching how to play.  It's nice and easy and a lot of fun.


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:



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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