Events & Programs

November 12: Installation of Medal of Honor for Major Henry A. Courtney

The St. Louis County Historical Society and its Veterans Memorial Hall Program invites the public to the formal installation of the country’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor awarded posthumously to Major Henry A. Courtney, Jr. United States Marine Corps, by former President Harry S. Truman.  The original Medal of Honor is housed with Freedoms Foundation (Pennsylvania). Though unsuccessful in borrowing the original Medal of Honor, Society staff was successful in acquiring a replica to be displayed with honor in the VMH Gallery.

Major Courtney “…by his astute military acumen, indomitable leadership and decision action in the face of overwhelming odds, had contributed essentially to the success of the Okinawa Campaign and his great personal valor throughout sustained and enhanced the highest traditions of the United States Navel Service.  He gallantly gave his life for his country.”

The event will be held November 12, 2018 at 1:30 PM at the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center (the Depot) in the Great Hall.  The Duluth Honor Guard will present the colors before the installation, and remarks will be made by Court Storey, Major Courtney’s nephew.

The event is free and open to the public.

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.

The Next History in a Pint is on October 23, 2018!

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 “Captain Robert Pratt: Bittersweet Appomattox,” will take place at Carmody Irish Pub and Brewing, and will begin at 5:30 pm on Tuesday October 23rd

Jim Pratt of Duluth will tell the story of one of the least known, but most pivotal moments of the Civil War; the Breakthrough at Petersburg. Jim’s great-grandfather, Robert Pratt, along with his CO Charles Gould, were instrumental in the breaking of the Siege of Petersburg, hastening the conclusion of the war ten days later at Appomattox.

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.

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 http://www.vets-hall.org/stories/world-war-ii/mike-colalillo.

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 http://www.dsacommunityfoundation.com/mike-colalillo-medal-of-honor-scholarship-fund.

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: samantha@thehistorypeople.org or to jay@thehistorypeople.org.

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 kathleen@thehistorypeople.org 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.

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