abc
QUICK LINKS:

Veterans' Memorial Hall: Saving History

Updated: 05/15/2014 6:48 AM
Created: 05/14/2014 3:27 PM WDIO.com

"Veterans' Memorial Hall is going through, in my words, an identity crisis," said John Werner. "People want to support veterans, but they don't know where we are." He's a Veterans' Memorial Hall advisory committee member.

The hall is actually at the Depot in Duluth. It's part of the St. Louis County Historical Society. You can see a gallery set up of exhibits honoring our veterans, right next to the Great Hall in the Depot.

This all started back in 1882, when a group of Civil War veterans formed a strong bond. "This was the original band of brothers," explained Werner.

Some of the original furniture from the Grand Army of the Republic, which was the formal name of the union army, still sits in the historical society offices.

Inside the Albert J. Amatuzio archives, is 8,000 pieces of history. "Veterans bring us their keepsakes, and frankly we're very honored to receive them," explained collections manager Milissa Brooks-Ojibway.

Each piece is documented in the computer, so if anyone in the public wants to do research about a veteran, they can come and see what's available about him or her. "We're always collecting more," said Brooks-Ojibway. 

They're working on updating the exhibits, but it's not easy, since the hall is facing a budget crunch. So Werner said they've been proactively trying to raise money and awareness.

They've got their first 5K coming up on Saturday, May 17th, at 9am. The location is the Twig Bakery, which is at 3930 E Calvary Road in Duluth.

"The running community has a rich heritage as well," Werner explained. He runs in several area 5Ks, and thought this would be a good idea to spread the word.

If you want to run:

http://www.tempotickets.com/vmh5k

The hall is working on acquiring artifacts from the U.S.S. Duluth, which will then be featured in one of the navy windows at the hall.

Front Page

  • Professional Team to Assist Proctor in Future Plan

    The city of Proctor will celebrate a big anniversary later this year, but rather than looking back on it's 120 years, the community is looking to the future with the help of a professional team...

  • Duluth Police Urge Caution as 'Nerf Wars' Heat Up

    A popular childhood toy is popping up again around local high schools, and it's causing quite the stir. The ever-growing "Nerf War" is taking the Northland by storm, and Duluth Police are noticing.

  • Tyler Joseph Bizal, 21, faces a second-degree assault charge after a stabbing in Duluth's Central Hillside neighborhood last Thursday. Assault Charge Filed in Duluth Stabbing

    Prosecutors have filed an assault charge against the suspect in a stabbing in Duluth's Central Hillside neighborhood last week. A criminal complaint alleges that 21-year-old Tyler Joseph Bizal stabbed 45-year-old Deland Christopher Johnson multiple times in the torso.

  • This photo supplied by the Minnesota DNR shows a days-old moose calf fitted with an collar that expands as the animal grows. The collars are designed to automatically drop off before they become too small for the young moose. Researchers to Collar Minnesota Moose Again to Study Decline

    Moose researchers in Minnesota are set to try again to put tracking collars on newborn calves as they look to find out why the animals are in decline in the state.

  • Scenes like this brought thousands of visitors to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore this winter, generating $140,000 in revenue for the park. Ice Caves Fee Brings In $140,000

    The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is calling a new fee for visiting the ice caves sustainable after it brought in $140,000 this winter, enough to cover the cost of additional staff and equipment.

 
Advertisement