St. Louis County Historical Society

Historic Log Church Renovated, Open for 134 More Years of Memories

St. Mary and Joseph Church in Sawyer built in 1884 is open after seven years of renovations.

SAWYER, Minn.- This Sunday mass was no regular one for these churchgoers. They were attending service in the newly restored St. Mary and Joseph Log Church. “They think this is the greatest thing that happened,” said Deacon Bryan Bassa. “I’m just, oh I can’t explain, it’s just out of this world.” Also called the “Sawyer Log Church” and the “Church…

Tips on Stress-Free Ways To Track Down Ancestors

Northlanders received tools on time saving ways to look for ancestors

DULUTH, Minn.- Often times, people don’t even know where to begin when it comes to searching for ancestors or looking up who they may be related too. But Thursday, some help was provided to those looking for answers during a genealogy workshop at the Depot. Participants learned what to search for when looking for ancestors, including how to sort through…

Duluth Soldier’s Medal of Honor Finally Comes Home

Henry A. Courtney's Medal of Honor installed at the Depot.

DULUTH, Minn.- On December 30th, 1947, Duluthian Henry A. Courtney was awarded a medal of honor. That medal transferred hands for decades, before returning to Duluth on Wednesday. Courtney, a U.S. Marine, gave his life leading his troops on Sugar Loaf Hill in the Battle of Okinawa, Japan during World War II. Then President, Harry S. Truman, awarded Courtney the…

Painter Captures the Effect of the Lake on Duluth

Effete Du Lac Exhibit on at the Depot.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth was on display at the Depot with the St. Louis County Heritage and Arts Center’s new exhibit: “Effete Du Lac.” The title means “Lake Effect” in French. The artist, John Micheal Cook said he spent time around the city drawing and painting over 60 images that stuck out to him, or building on those images based on…

St. Louis Historical Society Celebrates 97th Birthday

Society held an annual meeting with exhibits and election of governors.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Saint Louis County Society celebrated a big birthday: 97 years. They’re a society that loves studying the past, but their Annual Meeting was also about looking ahead to what’s next. Society officials said in late Summer and early Fall, they’ll be introducing new exhibits. They also plan to donate 2,800 books to Minnesota libraries and schools, on…

Duluth Celebrates and Honors Native Culture

Native American Heritage Day Celebrated at the Depot

DULUTH, Minn.- Drums boomed in the Depot as Burntside Lake played for the crowd, at Native American Heritage Day. Attendees could make arts and crafts and browse three native art galleries. St. Louis County Historical Society officials say, it’s a great way to educate the community about an important part of Northland culture. “Helping to gain appreciation and understanding, I…

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…

Conversations Surrounding Aliens and UFOs

Chad Lewis has appeared on the Discovery Channel's A Haunting and ABC's World's Scariest Places.

DULUTH, Minn. – Have you ever heard any stories about aliens or Unidentified Flying Objects (UFO) encounters? Author, lecturer and researcher Chad Lewis made a trip to Duluth to share those type of stories. On Thursday he was at the St. Louis County Historical Society with his presentation called “UFO Minnesota, Watch the Sky.” The audience ranges from people who are…

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…

Traveling Exhibits Offer Glance at Formation of St. Louis County

Northland Uncovered: St. Louis County Historical Society Traveling Exhibits

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Louis County Historical Society is filled with stories of all the different cultures that have passed through and immigrated to the area. Now, historical society officials are hoping to share those stories with the Northland. The historical society has 16 traveling exhibits available for rent. Any organization can borrow them from schools and churches to…

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,…