Posts by Tony Dierckins

February 21: “Robber Barons & The Iron Range” FREE at Glensheen

  Thanks to everyone who made it to Glensheen last night for a sneak peek at ZCP’s forthcoming book Naturally Brewed, Naturally Better: The Historic Breweries of Duluth and Superior—what a romantic way to spend Valentine’s day! Next week we’re going to explain how the Congdon family financed Glensheen. After John D. Rockefeller essentially stole the Mesabi Iron…

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February 14: A Beer-Lover’s Sneak Peek at Our Next Book!

  Thanks to everyone who made it to Glensheen last night to talk Duluth’s historic stage and movie theaters—great turnout on a cold February night! Next week we’re brewing up something for beer lover’s on Valentine’s Day with a sneak peek at ZCP’s forthcoming book Naturally Brewed, Naturally Better: The Historic Breweries of Duluth and Superior. The…

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Free evening at Glensheen features history of the NorShor & more!

This Wednesday, February 7, Glensheen is hosting a free “Zenith City on Tap” presentation on the history of Duluth’s grand theaters—including the NorShor. The talk, delivered by Zenith City Press author and publisher Tony Dierckins, is titled “From Opera to Movies: Duluth’s Historic Theaters.” It begins with the Zenith City’s auspicious introduction to live “theatre” in 1868 to the 2018 renovation…

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Zenith City on Tap at Glensheen Every Wednesday in February

Every Wednesday in February Glensheen presents Zenith City On Tap, a series of hour-long talks on the history of Duluth by author and historian Tony Dierckins. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7. Local beer and wine available. Zenith City will also be selling books associated with each talk at deeply…

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The NorShor: “The Northwest’s most spectacular theater”

As those working on the $30 million renovation of Duluth’s NorShor Theatre race to finish the project in time for the scheduled opening on February 1, we thought it was about time we shared our history of the NorShor. To illustrate the piece, we were fortunate enough to have access to Jim Heffernan’s collection of historic photos…

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The NorShor Theatre (aka Orpheum Garage)

  207–213 East Superior Street | Architects: Giliuson, Ellingsen and Erickson | Built: 1926 | Extant In 1926 the Hartley Estate, no doubt encouraged by the increased popularity of the automobile, decided to build a parking and service garage along the 200 block of east Superior Street. Guilford Hartley had purchased the property in 1912…

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Author Signings at Zenith Bookstore this Saturday

This Saturday, December 2, Nancy S. Nelson and Tony Dierckins—authors of Duluth’s Historic Parks: Their First 160 Years—will be signing books at Zenith Bookstore, 318 N Central Avenue, from noon to 1 p.m. Dierckins will also be signing copies of his books Lost Duluth, Crossing the Canal, Glensheen: The Official Guide, Historic Glensheen, or Zenith: A Postcard Perspective of Historic…

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Small Business Saturday: Author Presentation & Book Signings

This Saturday, November 25, Nancy S. Nelson and Tony Dierckins—authors of Duluth’s Historic Parks: Their First 160 Years—will be signing books at events celebrating Small Business Saturday, which encourages shoppers to buy from local small business. Nancy S. Nelson will be giving a FREE presentation on Duluth’s parks at 1 p.m. the Duluth Folk School, 1917 West…

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