Events & Programs

Veterans Memorial Hall Oral History Training Session

Veterans Memorial Hall, a program of the St. Louis County Historical Society, is hosting an oral history training session. Our goal is to record the oral histories of every veteran in St. Louis County, and we need volunteers to help us accomplish that goal. The free training session will be held Friday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon in The Depot, 506 Michigan St., Duluth.

Participants will learn about the background of the Oral History Program and the importance of recording these interviews for preservation. Through training, volunteers will also be provided the tools and confidence to conduct one-on-one interviews with area veterans. This session is good for first-time interviewers and for those who have had training in the past and just need a refresher course. Those who have conducted interviews will be on hand to talk about their experiences, and various people will be available for questions.

After volunteers and veterans complete the interview, the interviews are transcribed and stored within the Albert J. Amatuzio Research Center in the Veterans Memorial Hall. With permission, they will be available online at It is important to know how to properly interview our veterans, preserving their stories for generations to come.

For more information on the oral history program, please contact Pippi Mayfield at or 218-733-7507. To RSVP for the free training session, please call 218-733-7586.

2018 Mike Colalillo Medal of Honor Scholarship

The 2018 application deadline is November 15, 2018.

For an application click APPLY.



Veterans Memorial Hall, a program of St. Louis County Historical Society, annually awards a scholarship in memory of Mike Colalillo, who was the last known surviving World War II Medal of Honor recipient in the state of Minnesota. To learn more about Mike Colalillo’s military service, visit our website at

The scholarship is funded by the Mike Colalillo Medal of Honor Scholarship Fund, which is fiscally administered by the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation. To make a donation to the scholarship fund, make your check payable to the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.

Please specify that the funds are designated for the Mike Colalillo Scholarship Fund and mail to: Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, 222 East Superior Street, Suite 302, Duluth, MN, 55802. Online donations may be made at

In 2018, a scholarship award of $1,500 will be given to one student.

In order to be eligible, applicants need to be:

  1. A full-time student who is enrolled in a higher education institution in St. Louis County, or

  2. A resident of St. Louis County, Minnesota, who is a full-time student enrolled in a higher education institution outside of St. Louis County, Minnesota.

Scholarship applicants are required to submit a research paper on a topic relevant to veterans of St. Louis County, Minnesota. It should be a minimum of three (3) and a maximum of ten (10) double-spaced pages in length, including listed sources from the Albert J. Amatuzio Research Center, located in the Depot Building. Research papers must include a bibliography.

Research papers may address a historical event in St. Louis County, Minnesota, related to a conflict, a war, the home front or tell the story of a county veteran. We encourage applicants to contact us for possible project ideas at 218.576.3114 or 218.733.7500.

A minimum of one resource from the Albert J. Amatuzio Research Center must be referenced. Staff members are available to assist researchers, by appointment: Monday – Friday from 10 AM to 3 PM. Please call 218.576.3114 or 218.733.7500 for an appointment. If you have specific research questions, email them to: or to

For applications click APPLY.  Completed applications and research papers should be submitted to: Veterans Memorial Hall, 506 West Michigan Street, Duluth, MN, 55802. For further information, you may contact Kathleen Cargill at or 218.733.7586.

All submitted research papers will become the property of Veterans Memorial Hall/St. Louis County Historical Society.

The 2018 application deadline is November 15, 2018.

October 27: : Minnesota Remembers Vietnam Event at West Duluth Legion

RSVP AT 218-733-7586.

The St. Louis County Historical Society is inviting veterans, especially Vietnam veterans, to share in a meal and conversation.

The Society received a grant through the Minnesota Humanities Center for focused programming on Vietnam veterans and those the war affected. The programming is centered on the PBS documentary “The Vietnam War” by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

Join us on October 27 from 5-7 p.m. at the American Legion Post #71,  5814 Grand Avenue, Duluth, Minnesota.

For further details select Remember.

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