Free

Community Day

Glensheen gives back with a day of free tours

On Thursday, May 21st Glensheen will host a day of free of standard house tours to visitors. This celebrates the 36th anniversary of the Congdon’s home opening to the public and the estate’s return to full, 7-days a week summer hours.

The complimentary Community Day begins at 9:00 a.m. and the last tour starts at 4:00 p.m. Tickets will only be available in person at the ticket house, located at the base of Glensheen’s parking lot. The standard house tours will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Glensheen staff recommends arriving early, as the limited number of tickets is often spoken for by early afternoon.

Zenith City on Tap: Mining

You commonly hear about the industry today, but do you know how it started? And do you know just how instrumental Duluth was to that story?

First, hear Tony Dierckins from Zenith City Online talk about the Merritt family and their adventure discovering the Mesabi Iron Range to their successful then tragic relationship with the Standard Oil’s John D. Rockefeller.

Then, Dan Hartman, Director of Glensheen will describe the other side of the Mesabi Iron Range early story. Hear why US Steel became US Steel and how the Iron Range was the site of one of the largest Corporate battles in US history.

Doors open at 6:45 p.m. 
Happy half hour from 7–7:30.
Speakers begin at 7:30.

Chester Chats: Tourism

Come expand your mind about one of the major economies of Duluth, while drinking some great wine and local craft beer.
All while inside one of Minnesota’s most celebrated spaces.

If you’ve never been, or if you never miss one, drink up some civic engagement with Chester Chats. Three speakers present brief and lively presentations on one subject – Ted-talk style.

We will have two regional speakers giving an update on the importance of the Duluth’s Tourism economy, plus to tie it back to Glensheen, our marketing manager, Jane Pederson will talk about Glensheen from a Tourism perspective.

Presentations will be held in Glensheen’s Amusement Room in the lower level of the mansion. Guests will enter through the mansion’s front door.

Doors open at 6:45 p.m. 
Happy half hour from 7–7:30.
Speakers begin at 7:30.
Beer and wine are available for purchase.

History & Decor Event: Bradstreet

Part 2 of the 3 part History & Décor Series will showcase Glensheen’s interior designer, John Bradstreet.

Glensheen’s third floor is arguably the largest collection of John Bradstreet’s Arts & Crafts known today.

When Glensheen was built in 1908, the estate was a highlight for Minnesota. It showcased some of the state’s best artisans and engineers from architect Clarence H. Johnston to interior designer John Bradstreet. Today, Glensheen still stands as a testament to some of brightest and most creative individuals in Minnesota history.

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Jennifer Komar Olivarez, Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, will be the featured speaker. Jennifer oversees the Prairie School-style Purcell-Cutts House (1913) by Purcell and Elmslie, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s collection of design, architecture, and contemporary craft, she also specializes in designer, John Scott Bradstreet.

After Jennifer’s 30-45 minute presentation, guests will have the opportunity to tour the house with a highlight on Bradstreet’s work.

This event is made possible by a grant from the UMD School of Fine Arts John and Mary Gonska Cultural Fund.

Zenith City on Tap: Shaping the North Shore in St. Louis County

Glensheen and Zenith City Online present “Shaping the North Shore in St. Louis County”. Featuring Glensheen director Dan Hartman and Zenith City Online publisher, Tony Dierckins. The event is a modification on the popular “TED Talk” style presentation; each speaker tackles the topic in just fifteen minutes.

Tony Dierckins will discuss activity along the shore in the second half of the 1850s, just after the Treaty of LaPointe allowed settlement on the “Minnesota side” of Lake Superior, when adventurers from the east dreamed of the opening expansive copper mines.

Dan Hartman will discuss one of the forgotten stories of how Chester Congdon was instrumental in the development of the North Shore Drive and how eventually his vision proved to be worth the investment in money and time. Hartman will also explain how it wasn’t an easy task, even for one of the most influential and wealthiest of Minnesotans.

Presentations will be held in Glensheen’s Amusement Room in the lower level of the mansion. Guests will enter through the mansion’s front door.

Doors open at 6:45 p.m. 
Happy half hour from 7–7:30.
Speakers begin at 7:30.

Beer and wine are available for purchase.

Chester Chats: Then & Now Fashion

If you’ve never been, or if you never miss one, drink up some civic engagement with Chester Chats. Three speakers present brief and lively presentations on one subject – Ted-talk style.

Doug Melander- Mainstream Fashions For Men owner: discussing current trends in men’s fashion

Logan West- School of Fine Arts Graphic Designer: sharing his experiences from his trip to New York for Fashion Week

Jane Pederson- Marketing Director at Glensheen: speaking on early 1900’s fashion through original Congdon wardrobe pieces

Presentations will be held in Glensheen’s Amusement Room in the lower level of the mansion. Guests will enter through the mansion’s front door.

Doors open at 6:45 p.m. 
Happy half hour from 7–7:30.
Speakers begin at 7:30.

Beer and wine are available for purchase.

Zenith City on Tap – The Kitchi Gammi Club’s Pioneer Members

Glensheen presents the first Zenith City On Tap evening of 2015!

Zenith City’s publisher, Tony Dierckins, will present “The Kitchi Gammi Club’s Pioneer Members,” which gives a brief history of the private club and will introduce the audience to the more famous members that joined before 1900, including upstanding citizens like Chester Congdon, Walter Congdon, and Guilford Hartley as well as other successful industrialists and a former senator from Duluth that went on to become a notorious forger and confidence man.

Presentations will be held in Glensheen’s Amusement Room in the lower level of the mansion.

Doors open at 6:45
Happy half hour from 7:00 – 7:30
Presentation begins at 7:30

Chester Chat – Organized Labor

Join us on Tuesday, November 25th at 7:00 PM for Glensheen’s next Chester Chat!

Normally held on the last Thursday of every month, this event has been moved to Tuesday to allow for the Thanksgiving holiday.

If you’ve never been, or if you never miss one, drink up some civic engagement with Chester Chats! Three speakers present brief and lively presentations on one subject – Ted-talk style.

Tuesday, 11/25/14
Doors open at 6:45
Happy half hour from 7:00 – 7:30
Speakers begin at 7:30

Zenith City on Tap – Duluth’s Underground

This Thursday’s topic, Duluth’s Underground, will take a look beneath the streets of the Zenith City, examining creek tunnels, former rail tunnels, an abandoned silver mine near Point of Rocks, and even a couple of tunnels that were never built, including one intended to run underneath Duluth’s ship canal.

Presentations, held in Glensheen’s recreation room, will be made by Dan Turner and Tony Dierckins.

Doors open at 6:45
Happy half hour from 7:00 – 7:30
Presentation begins at 7:30

History & Décor Event

Glensheen is proud to announce a new series focusing on the history and decor of a truly historic estate!

Did you know, that one of the companies who contributed decor to Glensheen would eventually be the forerunner to the University of Minnesota’s Art Education department? Did you know that the company was managed, founded and primarily staffed by women, making it important to the women’s movement not only in Minnesota, but in the country. This company is the Minneapolis Handicraft Guild.

SusanLeafSusan Leaf, a celebrated historian from the Twin Cities, will be coming to Glensheen to give a presentation on the celebrated history of the Minneapolis Handicraft Guild. After the presentation, Glensheen tour guides will lead tours throughout the home showcasing the different work that the Handicraft has throughout out the home.

This event is made possible by a grant from the UMD School of Fine Arts John and Mary Gonska Cultural Fund.