Events & Programs

History in a Half-Pint

Veterans Memorial Hall and St. Louis County Historical Society are sponsoring           

History in a Half-Pint at the Depot’s Zelda Theatre on August 18th & 19th at 10am

Veterans Memorial Hall, a program of the St. Louis County Historical Society, announces its next event in the local history discussion series, “History in a Half-Pint.”  The presenter will be Abraham Lincoln and he will be speaking about “The Gettysburg Address.” It will take place in the Zelda Theatre in the Railway Museum at The Depot, and will begin at 10:00 am on both Saturday & Sunday August 18th and 19th. The event is free and open to the school aged children and their teacher, parent, or chaperone.  Please RSVP by contacting Jay Hagen at jay@thehistorypeople.org  or calling 218.733.7500.

History in a Half-Pint is a spin-off of the very popular History in a Pint Program sponsored by the Veterans Memorial Hall. We will have a Veteran’s story or historical presentation told over a half-pint of milk to school-aged children. This event is the story of the Gettysburg Address and its historical significance as told by Lincoln reenactor Fritz Klein. Klein’s portrayal of Lincoln brings this American icon to life. He bears a striking physical resemblance to Lincoln. He is featured in 2017: “To Bind up the Nation’s Wounds” – Lincoln’s views on building unity.

We advise guests to park in the Library/Depot upper parking lot off of Michigan Street. Michigan St. is currently two-way between 5th and 6th Avenues West.

Veterans Memorial Hall was established in 1910 and is a joint program of the St. Louis County Historical Society and the military service veterans of northeastern Minnesota with a mission to gather, preserve, interpret, and promote the rich and diverse human experiences of veterans, their families and communities, through museum, archival and educational programs. Its website, www.vets-hall.org, features more than 6,000 veteran stories.

For questions contact:

Jay Hagen

Veterans Memorial Hall Program Assistant

St. Louis Co. Historical Society

506 West Michigan St

Duluth, MN 55802

218.733.7500

E-mail:  jay@thehistorypeople.org

www.Vets-hall.org

 

Lincoln Farewell Tour – This Weekend at the Depot!

Following two successful years on display at the Lake Superior Railroad Museum in the Depot in downtown Duluth, the Lincoln Funeral Car is leaving.  A final chance to see this incredible exhibit will be Saturday and Sunday August 18th and 19th.

The St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center, the Depot, is hosting the Lincoln Farewell Tour.  See the only authentic replica of the train car that was the pallbearer for our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln.  The Railroad Museum, St. Louis County Historical Society and Veterans Memorial Hall are collaborating to expand the experience of touring the car over its final weekend in Duluth.

Saturday & Sunday 9AM – 4PM (Depot open until 6PM)

  1. Fritz Klein from the Lincoln Institute for Education, Springfield, IL. appears as Abraham Lincoln delivering Lincoln Talks and a daily performance of the Last Full Measure. (11:00AM Zelda Theatre)
  2. Civil War Soldier’s Bivouac guarding the Car and the Civil War engine the William A. Crooks
  3. Live Musket Salute honoring Albert Woolson, last surviving member of the Grand Ole Army of the Republic and served in the Civil War.Mr. Woolson passed away in Duluth in 1956 at the age of 109.

(10:30AM – On Michigan Street in front of his statue at the Depot)

  1. Additional displays from the archives of the St. Louis County Historical Society and Veterans Memorial Hall.

The Lincoln Funeral Car was built by Dave Kloke and volunteers over a five year period and was constructed for the Sesquicentennial of Lincoln’s Assassination.  It toured the entire Eastern half of the United States before coming to Duluth for display at the Museum.

“The car has been an incredible draw,” said Railroad Museum Executive Director Ken Buehler. “It’s beautiful to see but it’s not just about the car. It’s about our 16th President of the United States during a time this Nation was trying not to be the United States and the proposition that all men are created equal.”

Also on display in the car is an original proclamation naming Frank Renz a Minnesota Land Commissioner signed by President Lincoln on the day after the bombing of Fort Sumter. Nearby is a gown worn by a woman who attended Lincoln’s second Inaugural Ball in 1865.  A remaining piece of the original Lincoln Funeral Car, which burned to the metal in Columbia Heights Minnesota in 1911, is included in the exhibit.

All events are FREE with Regular Depot Admission.

The Lincoln Farewell Tour is sponsored by; The Duluth News Tribune, Veterans Memorial Hall, St. Louis County Historical Society and the Lake Superior Railroad Museum.  The Lincoln Funeral Car is owned by Historic Railroad Equipment Association.

History in a Pint - August 21

Veterans Memorial Hall, a program of the St. Louis County Historical Society, announces its next event in the local history discussion series “History in a Pint.”  The presentation entitled “The U.S. Navy’s Involvement in the Vietnam War,” will take place at Carmody Irish Pub and Brewing, and will begin at 5:30 pm on Tuesday August 21st. This presentation will focus on one of the least known chapters of the Vietnam War – the story of the Navy as told through the lens of Dwight “Deac” Nelson.

The event is free and open to the public. We advise guests to park in the parking ramp behind and connected to the Sheraton, which is across the street from Carmody’s.

Veterans Memorial Hall was established in 1910 and is a joint program of the St. Louis County Historical Society and the military service veterans of northeastern Minnesota with a mission to gather, preserve, interpret, and promote the rich and diverse human experiences of veterans, their families and communities, through museum, archival and educational programs. Its website, www.vets-hall.org, features more than 6,000 veteran stories.

For questions contact:

Jay Hagen

Veterans Memorial Hall Program Assistant

St. Louis Co. Historical Society

506 West Michigan St

Duluth, MN 55802

218.733.7500

E-mail:  jay@thehistorypeople.org

www.Vets-hall.org

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