Events & Programs

2019 Mike Colalillo Medal of Honor Scholarship

 

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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 2019, 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 four (4) 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:

charlene@thehistorypeople.org or to jay@thehistorypeople.org.

Completed applications and research papers should be submitted to:

Veterans Memorial Hall                                      Online to:

506 West Michigan Street               - OR -          jay@thehistorypeople.org

Duluth, MN, 55802

For further information, you may contact Jay Hagen, VMH Program Assistant, via email at jay@thehistorypeople.org or call at 218.733.7500.

All submitted research papers will become the property of Veterans Memorial Hall/St. Louis County Historical Society.

The application deadline is Thursday, October 24, 2019. 

15th Annual Remembrance Dinner

 

SUCH GOOD MEN...FORGED UNDER FIRE

 

November 15, 2019, from 5 PM - 8 PM

St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center

506 West Michigan Street, Great Hall

Duluth, MN  55802

 

Dinner is $35 per person. 

For reservations call 218.733.7586.


The St. Louis County Historical Society and its Veterans Memorial Hall program invites the public to the 15th Annual Veterans Remembrance Dinner on Friday, November 15, 2019. The theme for this year’s event is Such Good Men…Forged Under Fire.

Our keynote speaker, General Richard Neal, USMC (Ret.), will present a tribute to area Medal of Honor recipients whose leadership lessons are demonstrated in incontestable acts of gallantry:  Oscar F. Nelson, Donald E. Rudolph, Michael Colalillo, Henry A. Courtney, Jr., and Dale E. Wayrynen.  Their Medals of Honor will be displayed for the evening together here at the Depot in Duluth for one night only.

The event begins with a social hour at 5:00 p.m. in the Great Hall of the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center (the Depot), and will end by 8:00 p.m. Proceeds from the event will help support the Veterans Memorial Hall Program of the St. Louis County Historical Society. As part of the dinner festivities, local artist, Tim Cortes, will unveil his original artwork honoring the five recipients, and the Mike Colalillo Scholarship will be awarded.

Tickets are $35.00 and may be purchased at the office of Veterans Memorial Hall at the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center (the Depot), or be reserved by calling 218-733-7586.

This community-based event is sponsored by many leading area businesses. Arrowhead Professional Chefs Association will prepare the plated dinner and donate their services. The ROTC (University of Minnesota, Duluth) will serve guests.          

Veterans Memorial Hall, established in 1909, 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 public about the history of veterans from northeastern Minnesota.

LEADERSHIP SEMINAR ON NOVEMBER 15, 2019

 

LESSONS IN LEADERSHIP:

FORGED UNDER FIRE

  • When:

        15 Nov 2019

        2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

  • Location:

        St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center

        506 West Michigan Street, Depot Theater

        Duluth, MN  55802

  • Admission:

        $15.00 per person

Mark your calendar and register early for this special leadership event!

Four-Star General Richard "Butch" Neal, USMC (Ret.) will share leadership lessons learned throughout his service. General Neal is the author of What Now Lieutenant?: Leadership Forged from Events in Vietnam, Desert Storm, and Beyond.

In addition, Alan M. Anderson will moderate and present a tribute to area Medal of Honor recipients whose leadership lessons are demonstrated in incontestable acts of gallantry.

This event is co-hosted by Northland Human Resources Association (NHRA) and St. Louis County Historical Society’s Veterans Memorial Hall.

After the event, stay for a special book signing with General Neal from 4:00 - 4:30pm in the Depot Rotunda!

You won’t want to miss this unique opportunity! Register early!

*Proceeds from this event benefit the Medal of Honor Row Exhibit in Veterans Memorial Hall (www.vets-hall.org).

To register online, go to: www.northlandhra.org/event-3547230/.

Online Registration Questions: email Sarah Crowell or call her at 612-968-7393.

For program questions or to register through the Veterans Memorial Hall Program:  email Jay Hagen or call him at 218-733-7500.

For sponsorship inquires: call Dennis Hughes at 218-213-7929.

 

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