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New Veterans’ Memorial Hall Program Manager Harry Cottrell

St. Louis County Historical Society is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Veterans’ Memorial Hall Program Manager.  Harry Cottrell began his employment with the Society Friday, May 2, 2014.

He is an Air Force veteran who attended college on the G.I. Bill and then began a professional career in management and administration of public, private and not-for-profit sectors, with over twenty years of experience in community and technical colleges.  Some of the college years, included those at Lake Superior College, included significant experience teaching at the post-secondary level

The Society is very encouraged to have Harry on its staff.  His background as a veteran, teacher of military history, grant writer, project planner budget planner and manager, as well as work with veterans, will certainly give him the necessary insight and experience to assume the duties as Veterans’ Memorial Hall’s Program Manager.  Harry shares his own enthusiasm for the position:

"I am very excited about my new position with the Veterans' Memorial Hall.  It is a true honor to be entrusted with overseeing such an important project for the local community.  The collection and preservation of veterans' stories is essential to ensure that we never forget the lives and contributions of our local veterans."

Please contact Harry at 218-733-7500 or or Society Executive Director JoAnne Coombe at 218-733-7581 or with any questions, needs or interests related to the Veterans’ Memorial Hall program.



2014 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. 

In 2014, a scholarship award of $1,000 will be given to one student. 

In order to be eligible, applicants need to be: 

1. a history major or minor who is enrolled in (or in the process of enrolling in) a higher education institution in St. Louis County, Minnesota, or 

2. a resident of St. Louis County, Minnesota, who is a history major or minor who is enrolled in (or in the process of enrolling 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 218-733-7500. 

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 218-733-7583 to make an appointment. If you have specific research questions, you can email them to:

Applications can be downloaded via the link below.  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 us at 218-733-7500 or

All submitted research papers will become the property of Veterans’ Memorial Hall/St. Louis County Historical Society. The 2014 application deadline is November 3, 2014. To view and print the application, go to

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