Events & Programs

2017 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.  Online donations may be made at

In 2017, 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. 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 homefront or tell the story of a county veteran.  We encourage applicants to contact us for possible project ideas at 218.576.3114.

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

Applications can be downloaded at  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 or 218.733.7586.

All submitted research papers will become the property of Veterans Memorial Hall/St. Louis County Historical Society.  The 2017 application deadline is November 1, 2017.


New Board Member and New Veterans Memorial Hall Advisory Committee Member

Anntoinette ‘Toni’ Thorstad, MA in social work, recently joined the Society’s Board of Governors.  She is a case worker for the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans-MACV, and was elected to the Board of Governors at the 95th Annual Meeting of the Membership held in April.

Scott E. Markle, MA in education, has joined the Society’s Veterans Memorial Hall Program Advisory Committee.  He is a military retiree with over 20 years in the US Air Force.  Additionally, he is a member of the Head O’ The Lakes Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, and is a member of the Richard I. Bong American Legion Post #435.


St. Louis County Historical Society New Employees

Pippi Mayfield, MS in legal studies, has been hired as the Veterans Memorial Hall Program Assistant.  She will connect volunteer oral historians with St. Louis County military veterans to secure their stories for the Society’s archives.  Pippi is an experienced writer for the Duluth News Tribune.  She has authored a history of Becker County and is now researching the history of ice harvesting in Detroit Lakes.

Charlene ‘Charley’ Langowski, BS in anthropology with a concentration in archaeology, recently was hired as the Museum Collections Assistant.  She assists the Collections Manager/Exhibits Curator in the care of collections and exhibits.

Kathleen Cargill, MA in anthropology, was hired in late 2016 as Administrative Assistant to the Society’s Executive Director.  Her duties include assisting with grant writing, interfacing with Society Board members, and serving as a genealogy research advisor. She formerly taught anthropology at The College of St. Scholastica and was that college’s first director of the McNair Scholars Program.

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