History

Experience the Superior Street Reconstruction Walking Tour

Tours are Given by The Duluth Experience, Paid for by the City of Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s not every day you have the chance to take a tour of a construction site in the heart of a city. The Duluth Experience is teaming up with the City of Duluth during reconstruction of Superior Street to provide locals and tourists an up close and personal view of history in the making. “They enjoy all…

The Northland Remembers America’s Ace of Aces Richard I. Bong

Northland Uncovered: The Richard I. Bong Veterans Center is in Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis. – What started as a plane and a dream has now turned into a haven for Northland veterans. From Poplar, Wis. farm boy to America’s icon, U.S. Army Air Force Major Richard Bong was one of nation’s most decorated fighter pilots during World War II. “He ended up becoming America’s ace of aces shooting down 40 confirmed enemy air…

Annual Battle of the TV Meteorologists

Meteorologists from the four stations in Duluth went head-to-head with one another for a great cause

DULUTH, Minn.- Tonight, the meteorologists of the Northland put their minds to the test, paired up with students from the Boys and Girls Club of the Northland for a quiz battle. Teams were asked math, history, and meteorology questions. There were four teams competing tonight, each representing a meteorologist from a local T.V. station. “Our kids inside its important to…

Northland Uncovered: The Douglas County Courthouse Celebrates 100 Years

Northland Uncovered: The Douglas County Courthouse was built in 1919

SUPERIOR, Wis. – At the time it was built, the Douglas County Courthouse stood for growth. “The shipyards were operating, a lot of activity going on here and we had a lot of industry,” long time county board member Douglas Finn said. The original courthouse sat on the Nemdaji river, but in the midst of a booming population a new one was…

The Northland’s National Weather Service

NORTHLAND UNCOVERED: The Duluth branch National Weather Service is making history in the Northland

DULUTH, Minn. – 2019 may be the year we see historic temps in the Northland, but what’s the history behind the guys making that call? Before they were called the National Weather Service, the U.S. Weather Bureau landed in Duluth in 1855. Along with being one of the biggest shipping ports, Duluth’s spot on Lake Superior and it’s crazy weather…

Northland Uncovered: St. Louis County Antique Appraisal

On Wednesday, November 21, the St. Louis County Historical Society is Hosting a Free Antique Appraisal at the Duluth Depot

DULUTH, Minn. – Do you have old treasures lying around that might be worth a few dollars? The St. Louis County Historical Society is partnering with Northland Estate Services to host a free, community antique appraisal event on Wednesday, November 21. The event is happening from noon until three in the Great Hall of the Duluth Depot. You’re asked to…

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…

Commemorative Air Force Exhibit to Open Thursday in Superior

The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center will Host a Grand Opening Thursday, October 25 at 6:00 p.m.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center has teamed up over the past year with the Commemorative Air Force – Lake Superior Squadron (CAF), bringing a new exhibit to life in Superior. The Center is hosting a grand opening Thursday, October 25 at 6:00 p.m. with free beer and wine tasting for the public to enjoy. Hayes Scriven,…

Glensheen Mansion to Offer Apple ‘Tasting Flights’

Visitors to the Historic Glensheen Mansion in Duluth can Enjoy Apple Samples Starting Friday, September 28

DULUTH, Minn. – For the first time ever starting Friday, September 28 and going through Sunday, September 30, Glensheen Mansion in Duluth will offer visitors ‘Apple Flights” for purchase. Guests will be able to purchase a flight of four different types of apples at the end of their tour. As Marketing Manager Jane Pederson says, “Each apple, like wine, has…

Look Inside Historic Homes and Properties this Sunday in Duluth

The Duluth Preservation Alliance is Proud to Present the 38th Annual Historic Properties Tour

DULUTH, Minn. – The Zenith City will be on full display this Sunday, September 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the Duluth Preservation Alliance’s 38th Annual Historic Properties Tour. The tour will allow curious and interested Northlanders the chance to wander inside and out of five historic gems around the city of Duluth. Tickets are $20 dollars and can…

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…

Scoops of Fun at Fairlawn Mansion

Fairlawn Mansion in Superior will Host Their Annual Ice Cream Social Wednesday, July 18, 2018

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Hundreds of Twin Ports residents and visitors from all across the country will make their way to Fairlawn Mansion in Superior on Wednesday, July 18 from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The annual Fairlawn Ice Cream Social is taking place, and organizers say it’s a crowd favorite every year. There will be good old fashioned fun, complete with…

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…

Moose Lake Museum Prepares “Shack” for 1918 Fires Dedication

Northland Uncovered: 100 Years Since the Fires of 1918

MOOSE LAKE, Minn. – This year marks 100 years since the historic, tragic fire of 1918 that ravaged much of the Northland. The blaze swept the region beginning on Saturday, October 12, 1918. Now, the Moose Lake Depot and Fires of 1918 Museum is preparing to commemorate that anniversary. “It remains the largest natural disaster in Minnesota 100 years later,”…

Northland Uncovered: Shipping History in the Twin Ports

A look at the Start of Shipping in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s hard to imagine Duluth and Superior without shipping, but at one time we didn’t have the Aerial Lift Bridge with thousand foot ships moving underneath. “Really the history of the Port of Duluth-Superior is reflective of the history of this whole region,” explained Adele Yorde, the Public Relations Director for the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. Ships…

Morgan Park Graduates Can Take a Piece of Its History

We all know Morgan Park Middle School played a part in many Duluthians' lives

DULUTH, Minn.- If you are a past Morgan Park School graduate, now’s the time to grab a piece of memorabilia. We all know Morgan Park Middle School played a part in many Duluthians’ lives, now that the lot is on to its next chapter, you can soon take a piece of the building to honor the old school. “It’s a thing,…

Glensheen Mansion to Host Free Classic Tours for Moms on Mother’s Day

DULUTH, Minn. – Mother’s Day is coming up and Glensheen Mansion is offering a fun way to spend time your mom. The Historic Congdon Estate is offering free Classic Tours for mothers on Sunday, May 13. This is in honor of Clara Congdon. The mansion is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Also in May, Glensheen is once again…

Remembering the 1918 Moose Lake Fire

The Moose Lake Historical Area Society opens on May 1st.

MOOSE LAKE, Minn.-The tragic fire that struck Moose Lake back in 1918 is being remembered by a new mural. Local artist Brian Olson painted the mural on the Moose Lake Area Historical Society’s walls. The mural is one of the many planned event to commemorate the 100th year anniversary of the fire. “We need to be reminded what they went through, it’s…

Volunteers Keep Historical Landmarks Functioning in the Northland

Northland Uncovered: Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center

SUPERIOR, Wis. – It’s National Volunteer week across America and it’s volunteers that help keep our favorite historical landmarks running throughout the country. It’s easy to see Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center volunteer Debbie Ritzinger’s passion for her job. “I read the letters, I touch everything that comes in, I work with wonderful people,” said Ritzinger. Ritzinger has been…

Two Harbors Church is Home to Oldest Congregation in City

Northland Uncovered: United Church of Two Harbors

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – The community at church often becomes family for those in the congregation. One church up the North Shore has had that feeling for over 110 years. Don Lindahl is a life-long Two Harbors resident and he’s passionate about the history of the United Church of Two Harbors because it represents important moments in his life. “When…

Volunteers Needed to Help Preserve Veterans’ Stories

Volunteers will conduct one-on-one interviews recording a veteran's history.

DULUTH, Minn.- Veterans in Duluth are willing to share their stories and volunteers are needed to listen. The St. Louis County Historical Society is asking for good listeners to conduct oral history interviews with veterans from all military branches. Volunteers will be partnered up with a veteran for a one–on–one listening session. One veteran says many can be hesitant to…

Northland Uncovered: Lake County Courthouse

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – County courthouses are visited for necessity and oftentimes the history represented within the walls is overlooked. One courthouse in the Northland has been standing for over 100 years, but it wasn’t always that way. Two Harbors resident Mitchel Costley knows all about the Lake County Courthouse, “I grew up here, so I’ve been in and out…

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…

Brownstone Church Stands in Duluth for Over 100 Years

Northland Uncovered: Mount Olive Lutheran Church

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth is filled with historic churches and they each have their own unique beginning. One church in town has been standing for over 100 years and in that time, two congregations have found their home inside. The building that is now home to Mount Olive Lutheran Church was built in 1906. The Mount Olive…

Duluth Fire Station is Home to Nearly 100 Years of History

Northland Uncovered: Fire Station 10

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth is home to eight fire stations. Some of those are nearly 100 years old. That includes Station 10 in Gary New Duluth. It was built in 1927 and was first occupied in 1928. Originally, the building housed both the fire department and police department, along with a library and community center. “We had…

Twin Ports History to be Highlighted Through “Zenith City on Tap”

Northland Uncovered: Duluth and Superior History

DULUTH, Minn. – Each month, officials at Glensheen Mansion plan community events at the historic home. Coming up in February, they’re featuring the stories that built the Twin Ports. Zenith City on Tap is a history series by Duluth author Tony Dierckins. Dierckins is the publisher of Duluth’s Zenith City Press. These talks will be happening every Wednesday in February….

History Organizations in 22 Minnesota Counties Receive Grants

The Grants are Available for History and Historic Preservation Projects

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Historical Society is announcing 36 recipients of 38 Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Small Grants, totaling $324,149 in 22 counties. Locally, the Duluth Art Institute will  receive $10,000. This money will go toward plans for two phases of Duluth Art Institute Lincoln Park Building preservation. The grant will help the Institute hire a qualified consultant to…

Mamma Mia! Actors Visit FOX 21 Ahead of Opening Night

Famous Musical Marks Reopening of Historic NorShor Theatre

DULUTH, Minn. – The long-awaited opening of the NorShor Theatre is just over a week away and the regional premier of Mamma Mia! is kicking off the entertainment. The show features songs from Abba. The story follows a young bride as she prepares for her wedding. She invites three men from her mother’s past hoping to find out who her…

Former Miners Create Project to Preserve History of Erie Mining Company

Traveling Exhibit to Open at St. Louis County Historical Society

DULUTH, Minn. – Former miners on the Iron Range are working together to ensure the legacy and history of the Erie Mining Company is never forgotten. A group of Erie Mining alum is writing a book with oral history recounts and information about the company throughout the years. The book will be distributed to libraries and stores around the Northland,…

Fairlawn Mansion Celebrates Martin Pattison, Begins Garden Talks

Northland Uncovered: Fairlawn Mansion

DULUTH, Minn. – This week a celebration in the Twin Ports is honoring a man with a major impact on the area. Wednesday, January 17 would be Martin Pattison’s 177th birthday. Superior Public Museums is recognizing the day with half-priced tours of Fairlawn Mansion and dessert.   The free cake, cookies, and tea will be in the Fairlawn gift shop….

New Tours, Events, Launch Glensheen Mansion to Record-Breaking Numbers

Northland Uncovered: More than 140,000 Visited Glensheen in 2017

DULUTH, Minn. – Officials are counting record numbers at Glensheen Mansion as they look into the attendance for 2017. This is a trend that’s been on the rise over the last few years. “Which is really something to say because in 1981 the murder was on the press all the time,” explained Director Dan Hartman. Hartman tells FOX 21 this…

Northland Uncovered: Duluth Bethel Receives Historical Grant

Duluth Bethel Has New Hope For Preserving the Past

DULUTH, Minn. – Historical buildings aren’t too hard to come by in the Northland. But one in Duluth is also home to an organization that’s been around for nearly 150 years, and now, Duluth Bethel has new hope for preserving their past. The story begins in 1912 when the notable Duluth building was built. Duluth Bethel still stands tall on the hill,…

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…

Morgan Park Church Stands Tall for 100 Years

Northland Uncovered: United Protestant Church

DULUTH, Minn. – A community in Duluth was created by US Steel more than 100 years ago. Morgan Park residents feel a strong sense of community there. One Duluth man, Chet Johnson, has enjoyed his time in the neighborhood so much, he’s been attending the same church for 80 years. That church is United Protestant Church and it was built…

Local Women’s Organization Making Community Impact for Nearly 100 Years

Northland Uncovered; Junior League of Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – An organization in Duluth has been giving back to the community for nearly 100 years. The Junior League of Duluth is celebrating 96 years in December. The national organization was actually founded in 1901, beginning a chapter in Duluth in 1921. It’s a women’s volunteer organization with more than 150,000 members. Their goal is to invest in…

Duluth Depot Celebrates 125 Years

Free Tours to Celebrate Depot Milestone

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Depot has been standing in Duluth for 125 years. Wednesday evening, Depot officials are hoping residents help them celebrate that milestone. Now known as the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center, the center is home to eight non-profits. As part of the celebration, The Minnesota Ballet and Duluth Playhouse will be performing and the…

Historical Center to Honor Veterans, Host Field Trip Fair

Northland Uncovered: Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center

SUPERIOR, Wis. – In Wisconsin, folks at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center are working hard to share the wealth of history they have through many different ways. The first is through a veterans event this week. In collaboration with WDSE, the center interviewed several Vietnam veterans from around the Northland to create a documentary. On Thursday, November 9,…

Tours Now Offered at Nopeming Sanatorium

Northland Uncovered: Going Inside Nopeming Sanatorium

DULUTH, Minn. – For years an abandoned tuberculosis sanatorium has been the interest of Northlanders, ghost hunters, and historians around the country. Nopeming Sanatorium sits almost empty in Duluth. “In 1908 they built the first building and then after that it filled so they built other buildings to accommodate more patients,” explained Tanya Graysmark, the Project Director at Nopeming. A…

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…

Local Preservation Corps Works Life Back into Historic Log Church

Northland Uncovered: Sts. Mary and Joseph Church

SAWYER, Minn. – A church in Sawyer on the Minnesota Registry of Historic Places has been under construction for about a year as a preservation corps puts life into the structure. Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps members are working to restore the Saints Mary and Joseph Church which was built in 1884. The goal was to provide a place of…

Glensheen Mansion to Open Doors for Free Tours Wednesday

Wednesday: Night at the Museum

Courtesy: Glensheen MansionDULUTH, Minn. – Glensheen Mansion is opening its door to the public Wednesday, and lucky for visitors, it’s for free. This is all part of the annual Night at the Museum event. The gates will be open from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 4, but Glensheen officials recommend getting in line early. Other than the free,…

Pickwick is Home to more than 100 Years of History

Northland Uncovered: Pickwick

DULUTH, Minn. – A restaurant in Duluth is home to some of the city’s oldest stories. In fact, it’s been around for 103 years. In this week’s Northland Uncovered we visited Pickwick. Pickwick is Duluth’s oldest public restaurant. It opened in 1914 as The Old Brewery Saloon. “It originally was the tasting room for the Fitger Brewing Company,” said Co-Owner…

Glensheen Mansion Prepares for Fall Season Following Successful Summer

Northland Uncovered: Glensheen Mansion

DULUTH, Minn. – After a successful summer full of live music, nights by the lake and countless tours, officials at Glensheen mansion are preparing for Fall. Glensheen Marketing Manager Jane Pederson says several fun events are on tap for the incoming season. A new program series is starting up as we enter September: Chef in the Garden. Every Wednesday in…

Living History Walk Returns to Superior

Northland Uncovered: Douglas County Historical Society

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Living History Walk is coming back to Superior to bring the city’s past back to life. A history tour will be conducted through Greenwood Cemetery. Several actors from the Twin Ports will portray prominant former community members at their gravesite. Tony Tracy, the Executive Director of the Douglas County Historical Society, says this is just another…

Vietnam Veterans Asked to Share Stories for Records, Local Documentary

"The Wall that Heals" on Display in Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Over the next few days a wall in Superior is honoring those lost in the Vietnam War. “The Wall that Heals” is at Barkers Island July 20–23. Vietnam veterans are being asked to share memories on Saturday July 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center. Crews will be available…

Minnesota’s Oldest Craft Co-op Celebrates 45 Years

Northland Uncovered: Northwoods Pioneer Gallery and Gifts

CASTLE DANGER, Minn. – In a little shop along the North Shore dozens of Northland artists and crafters display their passions. “There are some forms that are kind of lost. Like, we have a lady that does tatting. Most people don’t even know what tatting is,” said Mabel Tarlton, President of the Board for Northwoods Pioneer Gallery and Gifts. Northwoods…

New Café Brings Year-Round Jobs, Revitalization to Gary New Duluth

The Trophy Café is locally owned and operated by Mont du Lac Resort

GARY NEW DULUTH, Minn. – Gary New Duluth has lived through decades of history. Buildings have changed ownership and new beginnings have come and gone. Now, one local resort is expanding into the neighborhood, inviting you to stop by for a fresh home cooked meal. “When you make an order, a chef in the back is going to make it…

New Fairlawn Exhibit Features Servants’ Quarters

The Fairlawn Mansion in Superior Will Now Host Tours of the Servants' Quarters

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Most Northlanders have heard the name Martin Pattison and understand the incredible impact he had on the City of Superior any beyond. But what about another group of about a dozen who lived at his mansion as well? In this week’s Northland Uncovered, we learn a little about them and the new way they’re being honored on…

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…