Douglas County Historical Society

Douglas County Historical Society Hosting 4th Annual Christmas Musicale

The Annual Christmas Musical is Happening Thursday, December 12

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Happening Thursday, December 12, the Douglas County Historical Society (DCHS) invites you to the 4th annual Christmas Musicale happening from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. The event will take place at DCHS, located at 1101 John Avenue in Superior. A Christmas Musical serves as a fundraiser for DCHS. Local musician Shane Nelson stopped by FOX 21 Local News…

Douglas County Historical Society Celebrates Ratification of Prohibition Amendment

Prohibition Inhibitions is Happening Friday, October 25 at Barker's Island Inn

SUPERIOR, Wis. – It was back on January 16, 1919 when the 21st Amendment repealed the 18th Amendment, ending the increasingly unpopular nationwide prohibition of alcohol. On Friday, October 25, the Douglas County Historical Society invites you to celebrate this 100th anniversary. The Historical Society is hosting a speakeasy theme party, inviting attendees to dress in a 1920s theme while…

125 Years of Curling at Superior Curling Club

Club Celebrates Quasiquicentennial with Party

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Saturday marks a milestone for Superior sports. The Superior Curling Club turns a whopping 125 years old, and they threw a party full of history to celebrate. Current and former club curlers, some who played as far back as 1956, reunited at the club. They shared memories, looked back at photos and artifacts provided by the Douglas County…

Enjoy Free Holiday Fun with the Douglas County Historical Society

The Douglas County Historical Society is Hosting Their Annual Saturday Holiday Matinee and Christmas Musicale in December

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Douglas County Historical Society is inviting the community to join them in free holiday entertainment throughout the month of December. Saturday Holiday Matinee: Saturday, December 15, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The 5th Annual Saturday Holiday Matinee offers free entertainment for all ages. On big screen, see cartoons, Christmas stories and Laurel and Hardy! Santa Claus…

Former First Lady Edith Wilson to Come Alive Friday in Superior

Douglas County Historical Society in Superior will Host "Edith Wilson," a Historic Political Performance for the Community on Friday, November 9

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Happening Friday, November 9, the Douglas County Historical Society will present “Edith Wilson” LIVE on stage. Accomplished actress Jessica Michna is a one-woman show bringing Edith Wilson to the history theater stage on the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the Armistice and the end of WWI. Tony Tracy, Executive Director of the Historical Society says, “Edith played an amazing…

Relief from Superior During Fire of 1918

City Across the Bridge Took in Refugees

DULUTH, Minn.- The Fire of 1918 sent up a bellowing smoke cloud of history, that is still being explored today. And that smoke cloud encompassed Superior as well. As the Douglas County Historical Society found out, for those caught in the flames on that fateful day, Superior ended up being a safe haven. “Over 5,000 people came on 98 train…

Walk Through History this Saturday in Superior

The Douglas County Historical Society is Presenting the 4th Annual Living History Walking Tour

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – It’s time once again for Superior’s past to come to life as the Douglas County Historical Society is proud to present the 4th Annual Living History Walk Saturday, September 8. The event is taking place at Greenwood Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. Talented re-enactors will be portraying real-life characters from the Twin Port’s past, and developing a connection with…

Golda Meir, A Global Connection Coming to Superior

On Sunday, July 29, the Douglas County Historical Society will Host a Production Highlighting the Life and Legacy of Former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – On Sunday, July 29, the Douglas County Historical Society Theatre is bringing in Jessica Michna of Racine, Wisconsin. Michna is a well-known historical performer, this time visiting DCHS to perform as former Isaeli prime minister Golda Meir. Meir was the prime minister of Israel during the turbulent, war-torn years of the 1960s. She also lived in Milwaukee for…

Douglas County Historical Society Opens New Exhibits

DULUTH, Minn. – Summer is a busy time of year and the Douglas County Historical Society has been busy preparing for it. The Executive Director of the Douglas County Historical Society has been busy preparing for the season. First, there is a new exhibit case at the Douglas County Court House that is from the DCHS.  It commemorates the Calvin…

DCHS History Sunday Features “NOTHiNG”

Douglas County Historical Society Brings Back History Sunday

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Douglas County Historical Society is bringing back History Sunday events. This weekend, you can learn all about NOTHiNG. NOTHiNG was a plastic container with nothing in it. The gift box was a local sensation that was in response to the pet rock craze. The box was created by two local radio disc jockeys, Dale Botten and…

Talents of Young Musicians Featured at Upcoming Christmas Musicale

DCHS Hosts 2nd Annual Christmas Musicale

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The talents of local youth are being featured in a concert this weekend in Superior. The Douglas County Historical Society is hosting the 2nd Annual Christmas Musicale. The performance is taking place Friday, December 22 at 7:00 p.m. This year, musicians Austin Engelhardt & Gabrielle Koepke a Violin Virtuoso Duo, The Soul Sisters, Izzy Bromdahl and the…

Douglas County Historical Society Celebrates Halloween with Movies and Play

Historical Society Hosts Vintage Movie Night and One-Woman Show

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Halloween is just about a week away and the Douglas County Historical Society is celebrating with two fun events. The first is the Annual Monsterrific Halloween Movie Night being held Wednesday, October 25 at 6:30 p.m. The vintage movie night will feature popcorn, punch, cookies and candy. All of this is free to attend. Second, the historical…

Historical Society Brings Past to Life within Cemetery

3rd Annual Living History Walk is Saturday

SUPERIOR, Wis. – This weekend the history of Douglas County is coming to life in a place reserved for the dead. The Living History Walk is Saturday, September 16 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. The walk will be at the Greenwood Cemetery, 8402 Tower Avenue Superior, WI 54880. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the gate, $7 Veterans, $5…

Douglas County History: The Story Behind Charles Starkweather

Former Superior Mayor Impeached Just to Become Mayor Again

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A one-time mayor of Superior, Wisconsin had an unlikely path to the mayor’s office and an uncommon exit as well. Charles Starkweather, originally from Vermont, moved to Superior in 1889. He was elected to the common council in 1893 and became the city’s mayor two years later. Starkweather was impeached because he allowed salloons to have unlicensed…

One-Woman Show Remembers Laura Ingalls Wilder

Coffee Conversation: Douglas County Historical Society History Theatre

SUPERIOR, Wis. – This weekend a famous pioneer is being remembered through a one-woman show. The Douglas County Historical Society History Theatre is presenting “Laura Ingalls Wilder.” Jessica Michna is starring in the play. “Laura Ingalls Wilder” will be presented for one performance only; Saturday, June 17 at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 and are now on sale, by phone…

Superior Once Predicted to be “Next Chicago”

Northland Uncovered: Superior the Boom Town?

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Today, the Twin Ports is a thriving harbor, but years ago the city of Superior was predicted to be the “next Chicago.” Executive Director of the Douglas County Historical Society, Tony Tracy, says the population was once even at 40,000 compared to the nearly 27,000 today. Tracy says the enthusiasm for the city started back in the 1600s….