Duluth Depot open for visitors with new exhibits

Updated: April 01, 2021 08:09 PM
Created: April 01, 2021 07:00 PM

With new exhibits ready, the Duluth Depot is excited to welcome visitors back.

After about nine months of closed doors, guests can once again roam the halls and check out the different exhibits. And there are two new ones to explore.

The first is a Veterans Memorial Hall Spotlight Exhibit, featuring the service men and women from St. Louis County. The free-standing, self-contained exhibit is near the VMH entrance, and is seven feet tall, four feet wide, and two feet deep! It spotlights Joseph "Joe" P. Gomer, a Duluthian whoh fought in World War II as a member of the first African American unit of the Army Air Corps. Gomer was part of the 99th Pursuit Squadron, a unit later nicknamed the Tuskegee Airmen.

The second is an exhibit about 12-year-old Soapbox Star, Harold "Bo" Conrad, from Duluth. In 1963, Conrad won the Soapbox Derby National Championship in Ohio, with abut 75,000 people watching him rocket down the street at 40 miles per hour. He was the only Minnesotan to ever win the Soapbox Derby National Championship.

Entrance to the Duluth Depot is now free, as well as the art exhibits and historical displays, though donations are encouraged. The Depot is open seven days a week, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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