Our next Zenith City on Tap—on Wednesday, February 20—is titled Duluth’s 1889 City Hall & the Mayor’s Who Served Inside It: Renowned Duluth architect Oliver Traphagen designed Duluth’s 1889 City Hall at the southwest corner of Superior Street and Second Avenue East 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 is a month-long series of local history talks presented by award-winning author and historian Tony Dierckins, publisher of Zenith City Press. Glensheen generously opens its doors every Wednesday evening in February for these free history talks, and this year our friends at the Duluth News Tribune are co-sponsoring the events as well. Doors open at 6:30, and we gather in the estate’s basement recreation room where wine and local craft beer is available. Beginning at 7 p.m., these casual evenings kick off as Dierckins spends about 45 minutes taking the audience back in time, punctuating his stories with historic images of the Zenith City and the people who shaped it, then takes audience questions on the topic.
Upcoming Zenith City on Tap History Talks at Glensheen:
February 27: Naturally Better: 150 Years of Brewing Beer with Lake Superior Water, 1869–2019
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 water is the key ingredient to making naturally better beer.