St. Louis County Historical Society Available Speakers
St. Louis County MN Historical Society

SPEAKER LIST 

 

Below is a list of individuals available for speaking engagements provided courtesy of the *St. Louis County Historical Society.  Please contact the speaker at least one month in advance to schedule a presentation.  Honorariums or fees may be required.  Consult the speaker for further details.  

 

BECK, WILLIAM

Topics for High School and Adult Audiences:

  • Author of Pride of the Inland Seas (his history of Duluth-Superior Port/Maritime History)
  • Iron Ore and Mining History
  • Logging and Timber Harvesting History
  • Hydroelectric and Electric Utility History
  • Radical Labor History
  • St. Louis County History

Contact information:

Bill Beck, Lakeside Writers' Group

653 North Ritter Avenue

Indianapolis, IN 46219

317-358-1832

BeckoIndy@aol.com

 

BUEHLER, KEN

Topic:  Trains, Trains, & More Trains

Contact Information:

Ken Buehler, Executive Director of the Historic Union Depot

Executive Director of the Lake Superior Railroad Museum

506 Michigan Street

Duluth, MN 55802

218-727-8025

kenbuehler@aol.com

 

BRUNFELT, PAMELA

Topics for High School, College and Adult Audiences:

·         “Iron and Steel in WWII and the Arsenal of Democracy”

·         “Iron Range: Minnesota Building America” - discussion and showing of the documentary

·         “Labor History and Minnesota’s Iron Ranges”

·         “Minnesota’s Iron Ranges: the Key to American Industrialization”

·         “Industrialization in the United States”

·         “The Minnesota Commission of Public Safety in WWI: Suppression of Free Expression”

·         “Exploring the Riddle of Iron Range Politics”

·         “The American Constitution: It’s Meaning in Our Lives”

·         “The Search for Economic Justice: Radicalism on the Cuyuna Range, 1911-1935”

·         “Dark Days, Hope, and the New Deal at the Grass Roots”

·         “Visions and Realities on the Iron Range”

Other topics are available or can be shaped to meet a group’s interests.

Contact Information:

Pamela A. Brunfelt, Mining Our History

244 East Pattison Street

Ely, MN 55731

218-365-5727 (home) or 218-235-2136 (Vermilion Community College – late August through early May)

pam.brunfelt.moh@gmail.com

 

COCHRAN, MICHAEL J.

Topic:  Author of Invincible: History of the Duluth Boat Club, his lecture spans from the establishment of the Duluth Boat Club through and including the present day

Contact Information:

mcochran@allete.com

 

HUDELSON, RICHARD

Topics for Adult Audiences:

  • “A Labor History of Duluth”
  • “Four Duluth Women”
  • Radical Politics in the Lake Superior Region

Contact Information: 

Richard Hudelson, Associate Professor of Philosophy

University of Wisconsin – Superior

715-394-8476 (office)

218-724-3865 (home)

rhudelso@uwsuper.edu

 

LAMKIN, DENNIS

Topics for High School Students and Adults Audiences:

  • The history and contributions of Bernard Silberstein, a pioneer settler of Duluth and one of the first Jewish settlers
  • A slide presentation called "Behind the Scenes at Glensheen"... not just the beautiful rooms, but some of the infrastructure which makes the home function
  • A history of Duluth

Contact Information: 

Dennis Lamkin, Vice President-Senior Property Manager

U.S. Bank Corporate Real Estate
Mail Station EP MN 0400
630 U.S. Bank Place
Duluth, MN 55802
218-720-1027 (office) or 218-728-0350 (home)

dennis.lamkin@usbank.com

 

MERSHART, RONALD V.         

Topics:

  • Author of several books including Frontier Village, published in February, 2003
  • William Morrison and the discovery of the headwaters of the Mississippi
  • Mary Clara Post and Ellen Norton Ashton--pioneer women journalists
  • Stephen Bungo and western identity
  • Edmund Franklin Ely, Indian Educator and pioneer of Duluth/Superior settlement
  • Thomas Clark of Beaver Bay, MN state senator in 1858-1859
  • The Superior Chronicle, first newspaper at the head of the lakes
  • Robert C. Mitchell, founder of the Duluth Tribune

Other topics available that relate to the earliest days

Contact Information: 

Ronald V. Mershart, PhD

Professor Emeritus of History, University of Wisconsin—Superior

Sesquicentennial Committee Chair of Superior/Douglas County (celebrated in 2004)

rmershart@chartermi.net

 

REES, WILLIAM H., LT. COL. USAF (RET.)

Topic for Junior High Students through Adults:

“The Fantastic Story of the Cold War air defense systems – from the viewpoint of the Northland of the U.S. and also of Canada”

Contact Information:

William H. Rees, Lt. Col. USAF (Ret.), C/O St. Louis County Historical Society

506 W Michigan Street

Duluth, MN 55802

218-733-7568

history@thehistorypeople.org

 

RYAN, MARK

Topic for Mid-level Elementary School Students through College and Adults: The History of Seven Bridges Road and Skyline Parkway and Former Duluth Mayor Samuel Snively's Involvement in their Development, Construction and Promotion

Related Topic Information:

  • Published two magazine articles on the subject:

1)     "Snively’s Road" (Minnesota History vol. 54 no. 4, Winter 1994/95)

2)      "Mr. Snively: Roadbuilder, the History (and Mystery) of Seven Bridges Road", (Lake Superior Magazine, Sept 1998)

  • Produced a documentary entitled Snively’s Road
  • Created two websites in 1999:

1)     The History of Duluth, Minnesota’s Seven Bridges Road: www.amitycreek.com/sevenbridges

2)     The History of Skyline Parkway: http://www.amitycreek.com/sevenbridges/skyline1.html

Contact Information: 

Mark Ryan

5604 Upton Ave South

Minneapolis, MN 55410

612-926-6095

mark@amitycreek.com or mark_ryan@earthlink.net

 

SALMELA, JACK

Topic: Author of the novel Of Vikings & Voyageurs, a fascinating mystery based in the Northland, which combines the fictional tale of a treasure hunt with historical facts
Contact Information:

218-724-2902

jack.salmela@hotmail.com

 

SUNDQUIST, CAROLYN

Topic:  "Historic Preservation--Public Policy and Trends"

Contact Information:

Carolyn Sundquist

Former President of the Duluth Preservation Alliance

Member of the Board of Advisors for the National Trust for Historic Preservation

2510 East 6th Street

Duluth, MN 55812

218- 724-4143

carolyns@cpinternet.com


*Several resources were recommended by the Kathryn A. Martin Library Archives and Special Collections.

 


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