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Shark Watching Society Bonfires

In an effort to keep the waters of Lake Superior shark free, join us every Wednesday night in May, to keep post while enjoying a bonfire on the shore of Lake Superior.

Glensheen is one of the few legal locations for a bonfire on the shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota. A perfect Duluth summer night activity at a prime location, right on the shore of Lake Superior.

Kick back and admire the lake with a local beer in hand. There will be a cash bar with beer and wine available for purchase.


It is suggested that guests bring their own chairs and dress accordingly for a lakeside bonfire.

Free Mother’s Day Tours

With a nod to Glensheen’s matriarch Clara Congdon, we celebrate Mother’s Day with free Classic Tours for mothers on Sunday, May 13th. We think Clara, whose diary is filled with details of caring for sick children and mending clothes, would approve.

FREE Classic Tours for Mothers

Shark Watching Society Bonfires

In an effort to keep the waters of Lake Superior shark free, join us every Wednesday night in May, to keep post while enjoying a bonfire on the shore of Lake Superior.

Glensheen is one of the few legal locations for a bonfire on the shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota. A perfect Duluth summer night activity at a prime location, right on the shore of Lake Superior.

Kick back and admire the lake with a local beer in hand. There will be a cash bar with beer and wine available for purchase.


It is suggested that guests bring their own chairs and dress accordingly for a lakeside bonfire.

Shark Watching Society Bonfires

In an effort to keep the waters of Lake Superior shark free, join us every Wednesday night in May, to keep post while enjoying a bonfire on the shore of Lake Superior.

Glensheen is one of the few legal locations for a bonfire on the shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota. A perfect Duluth summer night activity at a prime location, right on the shore of Lake Superior.

Kick back and admire the lake with a local beer in hand. There will be a cash bar with beer and wine available for purchase.


It is suggested that guests bring their own chairs and dress accordingly for a lakeside bonfire.

Minnesota Open House Book Talk

Minnesota has a remarkable array of house museums, each with its own unique history and architectural significance. Minnesota Open House by Krista Finstad Hanson features nearly two hundred of these grand mansions, humble homes, log cabins, frontier forts, and pioneer villages that are open to the public.

Krista Finstad Hanson, the author of Minnesota Open House, will be presenting a book talk Saturday Glensheen’s Winter Garden.

The event is free and open to the public.


Minnesota Open House naturally features Duluth’s majestic Glensheen Mansion, featuring thirty-nine ornate rooms and expansive landscaped grounds making Glensheen the perfect backdrop for a book talk. Other homes showcased in the book are Minneapolis’s stunning Purcell-Cutts House, a showplace of the finely crafted woodwork of Prairie School design and Stevens County’s Trantow Log Cabin, built in the German style with dovetailed log corners.

The book is organized by region and features easy-to-follow maps. This handy guide to historically significant and often breathtaking sites is the perfect road-trip companion. Entries detail each site’s cultural and political import and photographs illustrate key features, from leaded-glass windows to widow’s walks.

Minnesota Open House will available for purchase and signing by Krista Finstad Hanson.


Author Bio

Krista Finstad Hanson is a writer and historian. She is the author of two travel guides to museums in historic houses: Minnesota Open House (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2007) and Wisconsin’s Historic Houses and Living History Museums, (Prairie Oak Press, 2000). She has written freelance, nonfiction articles and essays specializing in architectural history, travel, and homes since 1992 for such publications as American Bungalow, Old House Interiors, Style 1900, Minnesota Bride, Midwest Home, Wisconsin West, Ramsey County History and many others.

Mouthful of Maple

Join us for the brand new April event series, Mouthful of Maple, brought to you in collaboration with Duluth Grill.

Every Wednesday night in April guests will have the chance to sample four different recipes by Duluth Grill that are made with locally sourced, maple syrup.

Why host a maple syrup event at Glensheen? Over 100 years ago, the Congdon family and the Hartley family would gather to celebrate the coming of spring for the time-intensive process of turning sap water into the sticky substance that we know and love to be… maple syrup.

We are lucky to have Debbie Morrison, the wife of Guilford Hartley’s Great Grandson from Sapsucker Farms giving the Syrup Symposium. Debbie will speak about the process of making syrup, their business and of course their family ties to the Hartleys and Congdon family.

Duluth Grill will give a brief demonstration or maple symposium, featuring a new recipe each week, and provide samples of the maple syrup-infused dish for the crowd. 


Doors open at 6:30 pm. The event is first to come, first served with a capacity of 50 people.

Mouthful of Maple

Join us for the brand new April event series, Mouthful of Maple, brought to you in collaboration with Duluth Grill.

Every Wednesday night in April guests will have the chance to sample four different recipes by Duluth Grill that are made with locally sourced, maple syrup.

Why host a maple syrup event at Glensheen? Over 100 years ago, the Congdon family and the Hartley family would gather to celebrate the coming of spring for the time-intensive process of turning sap water into the sticky substance that we know and love to be… maple syrup.

We are lucky to have Debbie Morrison, the wife of Guilford Hartley’s Great Grandson from Sapsucker Farms giving the Syrup Symposium. Debbie will speak about the process of making syrup, their business and of course their family ties to the Hartleys and Congdon family.

Duluth Grill will give a brief demonstration or maple symposium, featuring a new recipe each week, and provide samples of the maple syrup-infused dish for the crowd. 


Doors open at 6:30 pm. The event is first to come, first served with a capacity of 50 people.

Mouthful of Maple

Join us for the brand new April event series, Mouthful of Maple, brought to you in collaboration with Duluth Grill.

Every Wednesday night in April guests will have the chance to sample four different recipes by Duluth Grill that are made with locally sourced, maple syrup.

Why host a maple syrup event at Glensheen? Over 100 years ago, the Congdon family and the Hartley family would gather to celebrate the coming of spring for the time-intensive process of turning sap water into the sticky substance that we know and love to be… maple syrup.

We are lucky to have Debbie Morrison, the wife of Guilford Hartley’s Great Grandson from Sapsucker Farms giving the Syrup Symposium. Debbie will speak about the process of making syrup, their business and of course their family ties to the Hartleys and Congdon family.

Duluth Grill will give a brief demonstration or maple symposium, featuring a new recipe each week, and provide samples of the maple syrup-infused dish for the crowd. 


Doors open at 6:30 pm. The event is first to come, first served with a capacity of 50 people.

Mouthful of Maple

Join us for the brand new April event series, Mouthful of Maple, brought to you in collaboration with Duluth Grill.

Every Wednesday night in April guests will have the chance to sample four different recipes by Duluth Grill that are made with locally sourced, maple syrup.

Why host a maple syrup event at Glensheen? Over 100 years ago, the Congdon family and the Hartley family would gather to celebrate the coming of spring for the time-intensive process of turning sap water into the sticky substance that we know and love to be… maple syrup.

We are lucky to have Debbie Morrison, the wife of Guilford Hartley’s Great Grandson from Sapsucker Farms giving the Syrup Symposium. Debbie will speak about the process of making syrup, their business and of course their family ties to the Hartleys and Congdon family.

Duluth Grill will give a brief demonstration or maple symposium, featuring a new recipe each week, and provide samples of the maple syrup-infused dish for the crowd. 


Doors open at 6:30 pm. The event is first to come, first served with a capacity of 50 people.

Glensheen Unplugged – Dusty Heart

Glensheen Unplugged is back for another round! Join us as we celebrate Minnesota music with an intimate acoustic concert series in the Amusement Room every Wednesday in March. This year’s series presented by The Current Duluth features performances by Chris Koza, Sarah Krueger, Ben Weaver and Dusty Heart along with locally inspired spirits by The Red Herring Lounge!


Dusty Heart

Rich vocal harmonies merge with intimate layers of guitar, fiddle and banjo to define the lush sound of Dusty Heart. Barbara Jean and Molly Dean are two songwriters recognized in their own right for their poetic lyrics and distinct vocal styles that when combined create a powerful and haunting sound that takes on a life of its own. Through their shared wanderlust and love of adventure, a passion for the open road, vast landscapes & poetry, as well a mutual love for musical harmony, Dusty Heart has crafted a sound that bridges together the diverse musical worlds of roots, indie, pop and folk.


Doors open at 6:30 PM. Seating is first come, first serve with a 75-person capacity. Local craft brews will be available for purchase.