Events & Programs

USS Duluth Celebration

On Friday, October 28th at 1:00 p.m., a historic event will take place on Duluth’s Lakewalk in front of the USS Duluth Anchor Monument, next to the Vietnam Memorial, behind Fitger’s Complex.  The City will celebrate the homecoming of the USS Duluth Presentation Silver nearly 50 years after the City presented it to the ship and to its crew.

Former Mayor Ben Boo will be joined by local dignitaries and members of the USS Duluth Crewmembers Association as the ship’s silver will be presented to the St. Louis County Historical Society for display in their Veterans Memorial Hall exhibit at the Depot on Michigan Street. 

According to Veterans Memorial Hall Advisory Committee Chair, Dennis Hughes, “The history and tradition of Navy ship’s silver dates back to 1799, and it’s rare for the Navy to return the silver to the city of origin.  We are pleased that the Mayor who presented the silver as a gift from the City will be joined by former Mayor Ness and Mayor Larson to mark this historic occasion.  Crewmembers from the USS Duluth are committed to preserving their ship’s history through our Veterans Memorial Hall exhibit and will join in the celebration.”

Society Executive Director, JoAnne Coombe, added: “The Society and its Veterans Memorial Hall Advisory Committee raised over $70,000 to ensure the exhibit, opening in summer 2017, will respectfully display the USS Duluth silver and hundreds of other objects that tell the story about area service men and women.”  

The public is invited to attend the celebration and to see the silver before it is returned to storage.  A no-host reception will be held at Pickwick following the ceremony to meet crewmembers and hear more about the ship that was named for the City of Duluth.


In a partnership with the St. Louis County Historical Society - Veterans Memorial Hall, the USS Duluth Crewmembers Association is pleased to offer commemorative engraved bricks for purchase. 



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2016 Mike Colalillo Medal of Honor Scholarship

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 2016, 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. Research papers must include a bibliography and must follow the Chicago Manual of Style.

An example of a project would be a research paper on a historical event in St. Louis County, Minnesota, related to a conflict, a war, the homefront or a county veteran.  We encourage applicants to contact us for possible project ideas at 218.576.3114.

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 to make an appointment.  If you have specific research questions, you can email them to:

Applications can be downloaded at  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 Executive Director JoAnne Coombe at or 218.733.7581.

All submitted research papers will become the property of Veterans’ Memorial Hall/St. Louis County Historical Society.  The 2016 application deadline is November 1, 2016.     

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