Events & Programs

Board and VMHAC Vacancies



St. Louis County Historical Society, 506 W. Michigan St., Duluth, Minnesota, announces two openings on its Board of Governors, and two openings on its Veterans Memorial Hall Advisory Committee.  The mission statement of the Society is as follows:

The general nature and purpose of the Society shall be the discovery, preservation and dissemination of knowledge about the history and prehistory of St. Louis County and the State of Minnesota.

The Society is seeking applicants for service on its Board of Governors from the Duluth area and from greater St. Louis County for election by the Membership at the April 24, 2018 Annual Meeting of the Membership.

An interest in history, familiarity with nonprofit governance and fundraising experience are highly desirable.  An ideal candidate would have time available to commit to preparing for and attending regular meetings, and otherwise effectively and consistently participate in governing the organization, as well as generally enhancing its operations and promoting its mission.  The ability to work constructively and cooperatively with Society staff and other members of the Board of Governors is essential.


Please call the Society administration at 218.733.7586 for further information and to have an application form mailed to you.  For more detailed information, you will be referred to Society Board President, Leone Graf.



Veterans Memorial Hall Program is a joint projects of the St. Louis County Historical Society and United States military service veterans of northeastern Minnesota.  Its mission is to gather, preserve, interpret and promote the rich and diverse human experiences of veterans, their families and communities through museum, archival and educational programs.

There are current two vacancies on the Veterans Memorial Hall Advisory Committee.  Both veterans and non-veterans are encouraged to apply.  For more information and to have an application form mailed to you, please contact the Society administration at 218.733.7586, or Committee Chair Dennis Hughes at 218.525.7272.

Minnesota Humanities Center Grant for Minnesota Remembers Vietnam Events

The St. Louis County Historical Society is pleased to announce it has been chosen as a recipient of a Minnesota Humanities Center grant that will focus on the Minnesota Remembers Vietnam discussion.

Duluth is one of six communities around the state that will host events and activities aimed at remembering the war in Vietnam and Southeast Asia through the power of the humanities. The St. Louis County Historical Society will schedule events throughout the county to welcome everyone willing to participate in discussions. The other organizations and communities awarded the grant include Charles Lindbergh House and Museum, Little Falls; HomeFront Resource Center, St. Cloud; Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead; The SEAD Project, Minneapolis, MN; and SGU Veterans and Families of USA Inc., St. Paul.

“We are very excited and honored to be chosen as a host site for the Humanities Center grant. We are working on plans for four to six events throughout the year that will focus on bringing those affected by the Vietnam War together, having open discussions and hopefully gathering the absent narratives surrounding the war,” said Pippi Mayfield, who serves as program assistant for the Historical Society's Veterans Memorial Hall Program and who will be heading up the events.

As evidenced by the conversations sparked by the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick “The Vietnam War” documentary, the war in Vietnam and Southeast Asia left an indelible mark on millions of people. The Minnesota Humanities Center and Twin Cities PBS (TPT) hope these host communities will convene meaningful gatherings to honor the diversity of stories and experiences around this conflict and understand our shared humanity through lasting relationships between Veteran and non-Veteran community members.

“The Minnesota Remembers Vietnam discussion series is a perfect example of how we use the power of the humanities to strengthen connections and our shared humanity in Minnesota,” said Minnesota Humanities Center President David O’Fallon. “These host sites will build awareness, honor personal relationships to war, and engage critically with historical events in their local communities; all of which is truly the work of the humanities. I am excited to see what events and activities the host sites develop to move narratives of the war in Vietnam and Southeast Asia forward for Minnesotans.”

“In addition to building relationships and hosting these gatherings, the St. Louis Historical Society's goal is to increase our collection of stories through our Oral History Program,” Mayfield said. “It’s very important to us to preserve as many veterans’ stories as possible for future generations and research opportunities.”

The Society will reveal more details on the 2018 events in March after more planning and training has taken place.


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