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Free Mother’s Day Tours

With a nod to Glensheen’s matriarch Clara Congdon, we celebrate Mother’s Day with free general admission Tours for mothers on Sunday, May 12th. We think Clara, whose diary is filled with details of caring for sick children and mending clothes, would approve.

FREE general admission for Mothers all day on Sunday, May 12th.

Duluth News Tribune Community Celebration

 

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Duluth News Tribune, Glensheen will be open to the public for free General Admission tours, which regularly cost $18 per person.

The first admission will be allowed at 6:00 pm and the last tour admission starting at 9:00 pm. This will be a first come, first serve tour offering.

Similar to Glensheen’s “Night at the Museum” event in the fall, there will be a food truck on site for your post-tour cravings.

Bonfires and estate illumination and estate exploration will be weather dependant.

In addition to touring Glensheen Mansion, the Reporting Duluth exhibit will be available for viewing as well at the end of the tour.

The Reporting Duluth exhibit s a collection of 17 large scale photographs (4ft by 6ft) that depict important moments in Duluth and Northeast Minnesota over the last 150 years. Alongside these photos will be a historic article/column written by the Duluth News Tribune from the era that the photo was taken. Lastly, there will be a small amount of text to interpret what you are seeing.

The exhibit will be free and open to the public, April 3rd – June 2nd during Glensheen’s business hours from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Access to the exhibit does not grant access to tour the mansion. Guests may purchase tour tickets onsite or at glensheen.org.

Disclaimer: Some images may be graphic for children and contain adult subject matter.

Zenith City on Tap

Every Wednesday in February Glensheen presents Zenith City On Tap, a series of talks on the history of Duluth by author and historian Tony Dierckins, publisher of Duluth’s Zenith City Press.
 
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation starts at 7:00 pm. Local beer and wine available for purchase.
February 27: Naturally Better: 150 Years of Brewing Beer with Lake Superior Water
 
Prussian immigrant Gustav Kiene first brewed his Lake Superior Ale on Minnesota Point in 1869, making 2019 the 150th anniversary of brewing with Lake Superior water. This presentation covers the history of making beer in Duluth and Superior—both the oldest and newest industry in the Twin Ports—from the pioneer days of the 1860s through the 20th century’s four major breweries (Fitger’s, People’s, Northern, Duluth Brewing & Malting) and on to the craft brewers of today, explaining why Lake Superior is the key ingredient to making naturally better beer.

Zenith City on Tap (Canceled due to heavy snow)

Canceled due to heavy snow
Every Wednesday in February Glensheen presents Zenith City On Tap, a series of talks on the history of Duluth by author and historian Tony Dierckins, publisher of Duluth’s Zenith City Press.
 
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation starts at 7:00 pm. Local beer and wine available for purchase.
 
February 20: Duluth’s 1889 City Hall and Its Mayors
 
Renowned Duluth architect Oliver Traphagen designed Duluth’s 1889 City Hall at the southwest corner of Superior and East Second Streets to serve the seat of Duluth’s municipal government, which it did until 1929. This presentation reaches beyond the architecture of this brownstone jewel to introduce the audience to the twelve mayors that served within its walls from 1889 to 1929 and their impact on the history of the Zenith City, then traces the building’s tenant history to today and explores the many myths and legends surrounding this iconic structure

Zenith City on Tap

Every Wednesday in February Glensheen presents Zenith City On Tap, a series of talks on the history of Duluth by author and historian Tony Dierckins, publisher of Duluth’s Zenith City Press.
 
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation starts at 7:00 pm. Local beer and wine available for purchase.
 
February 13: For the People, By the People: Duluth’s Park System, 1889–2019
 
Pioneers of the Zenith City first began platting small parks—or “public squares”—as early as 1856, but it wasn’t until the city’s first Board of Park Commissioners formed in 1889 that Duluth laid out a plan to develop the remarkable parks system it enjoys today. This presentation explores how the development of Duluth’s unparalleled park system—including over 170 park properties and roadways encompassing approximately 12,000 acres or 25 percent of the city—was driven by the combined efforts of pioneers, politicians, and a generous and energetic public.

Zenith City on Tap

Every Wednesday in February Glensheen presents Zenith City On Tap, a series of talks on the history of Duluth by author and historian Tony Dierckins, publisher of Duluth’s Zenith City Press.
 
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation starts at 7:00 pm. Local beer and wine available for purchase.
 
February 6: Becoming the Twin Ports: Duluth & Superior, 1855–1910
 
The region known today as “The Northland” was called the “Head of Lakes” for much of its early history. Superior, Wisconsin, and Duluth, Minnesota, competed to see which community would emerge as the nation’s most important inland port. While Duluth’s railroad and ship canal gave it an early advantage, the cities together weathered cycles of financial booms and busts throughout the second half of the 19th century. By 1910 the federal government considered the dueling duo as one, and that year the cities began calling themselves the “Twin Ports.”

Moonlight Snowshoe (Canceled due to extreme cold)

Join us for a moonlight hike on the 12-acre, lakeside estate at Glensheen with Day Tripper of Duluth as your guide.

This event is SYOS (Bring Your Own Snowshoes)

Kicking off 2019’s Wednesday night events, you will have the chance to explore parts of the Congdon estate not normally traversed by the public. Check out the wooded area next to Bent Brook, and explore the Lake Superior shoreline.

As the chief visionary for the North Shore Scenic Drive, Chester Congdon was big on the preservation of the North Shore’s natural beauty. He embraced Northern Minnesota’s landscape by incorporating his own personal hiking trails on Glensheen’s estate. Plus, what we know today as Congdon Park, was given to the city by Chester with the promise that its cascading waterfalls and wilderness would remain wilderness as a park for the public.

Once you have hiked the snow-covered estate, head down to the lake to warm up next to a cozy bonfire.


  • Glensheen will have snowshoes available for use! Since the snowshoes are limited, please bring your own snowshoes if you have a pair. Snowshoes are not required, a good pair of boots works too. If there is not enough snow, we will still hike the estate via boots.
  • The event is free and open to the public. Guests will meet Day Tripper of Duluth outside the Ticket House at the bottom of Glensheen’s parking lot.
  • RSVP is not required but encouraged. Please mark that you are ‘going’ in the Facebook event if you plan to attend.

Sunday Funday – Learning about the Original Congdon Winter Sleighs

Glensheen is continuing the programming series for kids called, “Sunday Funday.” The new programming offers parents and their young children the chance to learn and be engaged with art, history, and fun.

On January 27th, we will be taking a personalized winter tour to see all the winter gear the Congdons had! We will see and learn about the Congdon Sleighs up in the Carriage House.

Please come at least 5 mins before the time slots of: 1:15PM, 1:45PM, or 2:15PM.
Please indicate below in the comment section which time slot you will be able to attend.
Each personalized Sunday Funday tour will last 30 mins.


No ticket is required for this free event; however, an RSVP is required.

Please CLICK HERE to register.

Adults must be accompanied by a child.  The event is limited to the first 20 participants.

Moonlight Snowshoe

Join us for a moonlight hike on the 12-acre, lakeside estate at Glensheen with Day Tripper of Duluth as your guide.

This event is SYOS (Bring Your Own Snowshoes)

Kicking off 2019’s Wednesday night events, you will have the chance to explore parts of the Congdon estate not normally traversed by the public. Check out the wooded area next to Bent Brook, and explore the Lake Superior shoreline.

As the chief visionary for the North Shore Scenic Drive, Chester Congdon was big on the preservation of the North Shore’s natural beauty. He embraced Northern Minnesota’s landscape by incorporating his own personal hiking trails on Glensheen’s estate. Plus, what we know today as Congdon Park, was given to the city by Chester with the promise that its cascading waterfalls and wilderness would remain wilderness as a park for the public.

Once you have hiked the snow-covered estate, head down to the lake to warm up next to a cozy bonfire.


  • Glensheen will have snowshoes available for use! Since the snowshoes are limited, please bring your own snowshoes if you have a pair. Snowshoes are not required, a good pair of boots works too. If there is not enough snow, we will still hike the estate via boots.
  • The event is free and open to the public. Guests will meet Day Tripper of Duluth outside the Ticket House at the bottom of Glensheen’s parking lot.
  • RSVP is not required but encouraged. Please mark that you are ‘going’ in the Facebook event if you plan to attend.

Sunday Funday – Snowshoes and Sledding

Glensheen is continuing the programming series for kids called, “Sunday Funday.” The new programming offers parents and their young children the chance to learn and be engaged with art, history, and fun.

Happy New Years! On January 20th, we will be sledding at Glensheen! But the fun does not end there! We will also be able to try out some snowshoes to use around the grounds.

Supplies are limited so be sure to come early!


No ticket is required for this free event; however, an RSVP is required.

Please CLICK HERE to register.

Adults must be accompanied by a child.  The event is limited to the first 20 participants.