Events & Programs

Veterans Remembrance Dinner Dedicated to “The Man Behind the Medal”

The St. Louis County Historical Society and its Veterans Memorial Hall program invites the public to the 12th annual Veterans Remembrance Dinner on Thursday, December 8, 2016. The theme for this year’s event is: The Man Behind the Medal:  The Story of Duluth’s Native Son, Major Henry Courtney, Jr.

Our keynote speaker is Captain Michael Stainbrook, Sr., Delta Air Lines (ret.), and Captain with Northwest Airlines. Court Storey, nephew of Major Courtney, will also be presenting the story of the family’s efforts to Bring the Medal Home for display in Veterans Memorial Hall.

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. Spotlighted will be the presentation of the Mike Colalillo Medal of Honor Scholarship in the amount of $1500, to this year’s winner.

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

Tickets are $25.00 and may be purchased at the office of Veterans Memorial Hall at the St. Louis County Heritage and Arts Center (the Depot), or be reserved by calling 218-733-7586.

This community-based event is sponsored by many leading local businesses. Arrowhead Professional Chefs Association will prepare the dinner and donate their 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:  JoAnne Coombe

Executive Director, St. Louis County Historical Society


506 West Michigan Street

Duluth, MN 55802

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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