Events & Programs

Annual Scholarship awarded to Morgan Young

Congratulations to Morgan Young, the recipient of the 2015 Mike Colalillo Medal of Honor Scholarship. The $1,000 scholarship was awarded to Morgan at the annual Veterans' Memorial Hall Remembrance Dinner, December 3, 2015, at the Historic Union Depot, for her essay on Medal of Honor recipient, Major Henry Courtney of the United States Marines. Morgan recently graduated from the College of St. Scholastica with a Bachelor’s in History.

Major Henry Courtney, the subject of Morgan’s essay, served in the Pacific theater during World War II, and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for actions he performed during the battle on Okinawa Island against forces of Imperial Japan. Morgan’s essay, as well as photos, can be found in Henry Courtney’s entry in the Veterans’ Memorial Hall website, www.vets-hall.org.

The $1,000 scholarship is open to any full-time student, who is enrolled in a higher education institution in St. Louis County, or 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 three to 10 page double-spaced research paper on a topic relevant to veterans of St. Louis County, Minnesota.  A minimum of one resource from the Albert J. Amatuzio Research Center must be referenced. 

The scholarship is named after Mike Colalillo, who was the last living Medal of Honor recipient in St. Louis County.  Mr. Colalillo received the Medal of Honor for his actions in World War II.  Veterans’ Memorial Hall is currently displaying Mike Colalillo’s uniform and a display copy of his Medal of Honor, as donated to the Society by the Colalillo family. Also displayed is a photo of Henry Courtney, his Medal of Honor citation, the ship’s wheel of the Navy destroyer named after him, and a photo of the destroyer. Entrance to the museum is free to the public, during regular Depot hours. 

Veterans’ Memorial Hall was established in 1909 and is a program of the St. Louis County Historical Society.  It is the mission of Veterans’ Memorial Hall to preserve and collect veterans’ stories and artifacts and to educate the general public about the history of veterans from northeastern Minnesota.

Photos: (1) Morgan Young with her parents, Charles and Sandra Young,

Recent Veterans’ Remembrance Dinner Dedicated to “The Year of the Servicewoman”

The St. Louis County Historical Society and its Veterans’ Memorial Hall program invited the public to the 11th annual Veterans Remembrance Dinner on Thursday, December 3, 2015. The theme of that year’s event was the “Year of the Servicewoman: A Salute to Women in the Military.”

The event began with a social hour at 5:00 p.m. in the Great Hall of the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center (the Depot) and ended by 8:00 p.m. Also spotlighted was the presentation of the Mike Colalillo Medal of Honor Scholarship, in the amount of $1,000, to that year’s winner, Moragn Young.

Proceeds from the event will help support the Veterans’ Memorial Hall program of the St. Louis County Historical Society.

The keynote speaker was former Chief Master Sergeant Jodi Stauber, who talked about her career in the Minnesota Air National Guard. Stauber began her military career in 1986 when she enlisted in the Minnesota Air National Guard and rose to become the 148th Fighter Wing’s Command Chief, the highest enlisted position in the unit. As the Command Chief, she reported directly to the Wing Commander on any and all issues affecting the entire enlisted force such as, morale, readiness, retention, promotions, training and recognition. She retired in 2010.

The next dinner will be in December 2016. Go to the VMH webiste or on Facebook or Twitter for more information as it becomes available.

This community-based event is being sponsored by many leading local businesses. The Arrowhead Professional Chefs Association will prepare the dinner and donate these services.

Veterans’ Memorial Hall was established in 1909 and is a program of the St. Louis County Historical Society. It is the mission of Veterans’ Memorial Hall to preserve and collect veterans’ stories and artifacts and to educate the general public about the history of veterans from northeastern Minnesota.

Contact:  Dave Boe

Program Manager

(218)733-7500

506 West Michigan Street

Duluth, MN 55802

david@thehistorypeople.org

New Program Manager Hired for Veterans’ Memorial Hall

Dave Boe has joined the St. Louis County Historical Society as Program Manager of the Veterans' Memorial Hall. He will manage the VMH Program in all its functioning areas, including the oral history program, artifact and archival management, event and exhibit production, fundraising and public relations.

Boe served 20 years in the U.S. Army, Army Reserve and Air National Guard. He served in the United States, Central America, Germany, the Balkans and Southwest Asia. His duties included air defense artillery, quartermaster, administration and public affairs. He previously worked as the veterans representative and assistant registrar at Lake Superior College, a staff assistant on military and veterans affairs for U.S. Congressman James Oberstar, and, as a communications professional, has written and spoken extensively on military, veterans, historical and political affairs.

He has a Bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin Superior.

The Veterans' Memorial Hall is a joint project between the St. Louis County Historical Society and regional U.S. military veterans. Its mission includes, in part, preserving and interpreting the experiences of veterans, their families, and their communities through the museum, archival, website, and educational programs.

Contact:  Dave Boe
Program Manager
(218)733-7500
506 West Michigan Street
Duluth, MN 55802
david@thehistorypeople.org             
                  
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