Arts, Culture, and Humanities

St. Louis County Historical Society

  • Duluth, MN
  • www.thehistorypeople.org

Mission Statement

The general nature and purpose of the Society shall be the discovery, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge about the history and prehistory of St. Louis County and the State of Minnesota.
In addition to collecting and preserving objects of material culture and historical research material, the Society shall maintain and operate a museum and materially participate in the collections and operations of a historical research center adequate to serve the region encompassing St. Louis County and northeastern Minnesota.

Main Programs

  1. Veterans' Memorial Hall
  2. American Indian Program
Service Areas

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Minnesota

St. Louis County, MN

ruling year

1951

Principal Officer

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Ms. Jo Anne Coombe

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EIN

41-0773781

 Number

1347829483

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

History Museums (A54)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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As the state-designated history services provider for St. Louis County, the St. Louis County Historical Society has protected the history of northeastern Minnesota for more than 85 years.  Since 1922, we have collected, preserved, and made available collections that reflect the people and cultures of our area, thereby sharing our past.

 

The Society introduces visitors to the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center, better known as the Depot, our home since 1976, to the region's roots by presenting the stories of exploration, immigration, and development, in our exhibits.  Just a portion of the Society's efforts are represented by these exhibits.  We hold in public trust thousands of museum(hours.asp) objects and tens of thousands of archival records, which can be accessed at the Northeast Minnesota Historical Center, at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Programs

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Program 1

Veterans' Memorial Hall

Mission Statement
Veterans’ Memorial Hall is a joint project of the St. Louis County Historical Society and the United States Military service veterans of northeastern Minnesota, with a mission to gather, preserve, interpret, and promote the rich and diverse human experiences of veterans, their families, and communities through museum, archival, and educational programs.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Military/Veterans

Budget

Program 2

American Indian Program

Mission :

The St. Louis County Historical Society American Indian Advisory Committee seeks to develop a permanent exhibit and auxiliary educational program based in the St. Louis County Heritage and Arts Center that will present, Through Ojibwe Eyes & With Ojibwe Voices , the culture and heritage of the Lake Superior Ojibwe people. The exhibit will place in appropriate context the Eastman Johnson images of Minnesota Ojibwe life, and accurately portray American Indian regional history and contemporary culture.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Native Americans/American Indians

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Minnesota

St. Louis County, MN

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Funding Needs

Since 1922, St. Louis County Historical Society has protected the history of this area.  The Society operates a museum, materially participates in the operations of a research archives, facilitates on-going projects and programs including the Veterans' Memorial Hall and American Indian Programs and provides operational support to six affiliates: Ely-Winton Historical Society, Hibbing Historical Society, Minnesota Museum of Mining, Sisu Heritage Inc., Tower-Soudan Historical Society and Virginia Historical Society. Donations help ensure the success and growth of the Society and projects both present and future.

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ST LOUIS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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St. Louis County Historical Society

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Principal Officer

Ms. Jo Anne Coombe

BIO

Current Executive Director JoAnne Coombe began her administration of the Society in 1992, after a three-year co-administration with Maryanne Norton in the interim after Larry Sommer departed to accept a post as head of the Montana State Historical Society in Helena. Coombe presided over several major developments during the 1990s: the opening of the Forest History Gallery, the Fesler Gallery, with its Herman Melheim Collection of intricately carved furniture, and the formation of an American Indian Advisory Committee.  

 

For much of the late 1990s and early 21st century, the Society helped develop the World War II Living History Project and the Veterans' Memorial Hall at the Center. The Veterans' Memorial Hall website went online in 2001 to chronicle the lives of northeastern Minnesota veterans of conflicts from the Civil War to the Gulf War. Dignity Thru Unity, a Vietnam War exhibit, opened in April 2004 and was recognized for excellence in 2005. The Society opened its second major Veterans' Memorial Hall exhibit, Generations of Service, in August of 2009. The exhibit is a comprehensive tribute to veterans of all conflicts in which northeastern Minnesotans participated.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Leone Graf

Sisu Heritage, Inc.

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