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Glensheen

Glensheen

The Official History of and Guide to Duluth’s Historic Congdon Estate

Dennis O’Hara and Tony Dierckins

Over 200 modern and historic photographs guide you along a detailed room-by-room tour of the Minnesota’s most famous mansion and stroll through the estate grounds as you learn the story of the Congdon family and how Chester created the fortune that financed their grand home on Lake Superior’s North Shore. Five percent of the publisher's sales of this book directly support Glensheen Historic Estate.

Dennis O’Hara grew up in West Duluth, graduating from Denfeld High School and the University of Minnesota Duluth before studying at the New York Institute of Photography. His photography career began in the early 1970s, operating cameras in a RF-4C reconnaissance jet with the Minnesota Air National Guard’s 148th Fighter Wing. Zenith City Press has published two books of O’Hara’s work, Picture Duluth: Photographs of the Zenith City and Tall Ships in the Zenith City. His photos can be found online at northernimages.com.
St. Paul native Tony Dierckins lives in Duluth, Minnesota. He has written or co-written over two dozen books, including Crossing the Canal: An Illustrated History of Duluth’s Aerial Bridge and Lost Duluth: Landmarks, Industries, Buildings, Homes, and the Neighborhoods in which They Stood—both finalists for the Minnesota Book Award—as well as Historic Glensheen 1905–1930. Dierckins is the 2012 recipient of the Duluth Depot Foundation’s Historic Preservation and Interpretation Award and is the publisher of Zenith City Press and Zenith City Online.

Click HERE for a list of upcoming author signings and other events.

Retail $25 • Here $20

Hardcover Edition

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Glensheen

The Official History of and Guide to Duluth’s Historic Congdon Estate

Dennis O’Hara and Tony Dierckins

This limited hardcover edition of Glensheen contains the same 200 modern and historic photographs as does the softcover edition, but comes wrapped in a more elegant package, covered in deep “Congdon Green” cloth stamped with gold foil and lined with endpapers printed with the icons of Glensheen’s interior motifs—lions, pineapples, and Tudor roses. Less than 500 copies of this edition are available for purchase, and found exclusively at Glensheen Historic Estate and online here at Zenith City Press. Five percent of the publisher's sales of this book directly support Glensheen Historic Estate.

Dennis O’Hara grew up in West Duluth, graduating from Denfeld High School and the University of Minnesota Duluth before studying at the New York Institute of Photography. His photography career began in the early 1970s, operating cameras in a RF-4C reconnaissance jet with the Minnesota Air National Guard’s 148th Fighter Wing. Zenith City Press has published two books of O’Hara’s work, Picture Duluth: Photographs of the Zenith City and Tall Ships in the Zenith City. His photos can be found online at northernimages.com.
St. Paul native Tony Dierckins lives in Duluth, Minnesota. He has written or co-written over two dozen books, including Crossing the Canal: An Illustrated History of Duluth’s Aerial Bridge and Lost Duluth: Landmarks, Industries, Buildings, Homes, and the Neighborhoods in which They Stood—both finalists for the Minnesota Book Award—as well as Historic Glensheen 1905–1930. Dierckins is the 2012 recipient of the Duluth Depot Foundation’s Historic Preservation and Interpretation Award and is the publisher of Zenith City Press and Zenith City Online.

Click HERE for a list of upcoming author signings and other events.

$45

Illustrated Histories

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Lost Duluth

Landmarks, Industries, Buildings, Homes, and the Neighborhoods in Which They Stood

Tony Dierckins

Retail $24 • Here $20

Discover what Duluth has lost. Through over 400 photographs and sketches of vanished homes, buildings, landmarks, industries, and residential neighborhoods, authors Tony Dierckins and Maryanne Norton take readers on a journey through the city’s past, introducing them to the people—from hard-scrabble pioneers to wealthy industrialists to impoverished immigrant laborers—whose ambitions and dreams built the Zenith City on a swamp and a rocky hillside at the head of the Great Lakes. [Paperback | 224 pages | 400+ images]

Zenith City’s publisher Tony Dierckins has written or co-written over two dozen books, from the ridiculous Duct Tape books and calendars to regional histories such as Lost Duluth and Crossing Canal, a history of Duluth's Aerial Bridge. He has been twice nominated for the Minnesota Book Award and is the 2012 recipient of the Duluth Depot Foundation’s “Historic Preservation and Interpretation Award.” Historic Glensheen is his most recent book.

Historian and Minneapolis native Maryanne C. Norton has made her home in Duluth since 1987, where she has worked as assistant director of the St. Louis County Historical Society and currently volunteers at the Duluth Public Library, helping others with historic and genealogical research. She worked as an archivist and librarian for the Marathon County Historical Society in Wausau, Wisconsin and is co-author of several books, including Images of America: Duluth, Minnesota and Lost Duluth by Zenith City Press.

“If Lost Twin Cities made you weep, Lost Duluth will make you bawl like a baby.”
Laurie Hertzel, Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Duluth has always been a city like none other in the Midwest, with an architectural history as distinctive as its steep hills, rushing creeks and lakeside vistas. Lost Duluth offers a beautifully illustrated look at some of the city’s most prominent vanished buildings, from grand Victorian mansions and row houses to monumental works of public and commercial architecture. This book will make you pine for the city of old while opening you eyes to unimagined wonders, and even life-long residents will be surprised to find how much has been lost on the destructive road to progress.”
— Larry Millett, author of Lost Twin Cities and Once There Were Castles: Lost Mansions and Estates of the Twin Cities

“[Lost Duluth] will make you sigh wistfully at all the beauty, all the grandeur, all the flying buttresses and chandeliers and elegance, in the once-gritty little city.”
Minnesota History Magazine

“A comprehensive and informative chronicle…. The authors go beyond dates and architectural description to tell the life story of each place: its builder and owner or residents or workers; its changing uses and ultimate demise"
— The Five Spot, Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Lost Duluth is a comprehensive and informative chronicler of the vanished buildings and places. The authors go beyond dates and architectural description to tell the life story of each place: its builder and owner or residents or workers; its changing uses and ultimate demise.”
Minnesota History Magazine

“Lost Duluth is an historic journey that must be read by every Duluthian who is interested in what this city looked like prior to the wrecking ball. It brings what this city has lost back to life in such a way that the reader longs for a return to the architectural period that rests in memory. The book ends all too soon.”
— Denny Anderson, WDIO-TV Eyewitness News Anchor Emeritus

"Some of the magnificent structures in Lost Duluth will take your breath away and make you wish they were still around, others will fascinate you with their history. This book is an absolutely mesmerizing look into this city’s past. Don’t miss it."
Duluth-Superior Magazine

“Anyone who has lived in Duluth for decades and those many who have discovered Duluth more recently, and are fascinated by its history, will revere this book. All others will love it, and learn loads about what has gone before in this unique city at the head of Lake Superior. Seeing vintage photographs of and reading about many of the old buildings, homes, industries and neighborhoods enveloped me with waves of nostalgia. With Lost Duluth, authors Tony Dierckins and Maryanne Norton have made an important contribution to Duluth’s history.”
— Jim Heffernan, Cooler By The Lake

Crossing the Canal

Crossing the Canal

An Illustrated History of Duluth’s Aerial Bridge

Tony Dierckins

Retail $22 • Our Price $15

The aerial bridge over the Duluth Ship Canal has been called “Duluth’s Eiffel Tower” and the “gateway to the world,” but no matter what lofty labels poets and politicians apply to it, Duluth built its famous bridge for one simple purpose: Crossing the canal. For the first time in one book, author Tony Dierckins tells the complete story of Duluth’s aerial bridge, from cutting the canal through the bridge’s 100th anniversary, separating facts from myths while creating a vivid picture of the life of Duluth’s iconic landmark. A finalist for the 2009 Minnesota Book Award. [Paperback | 208 pages | 250+ images]

Zenith City’s publisher Tony Dierckins has written or co-written over two dozen books, from the ridiculous Duct Tape books and calendars to regional histories such as Lost Duluth and Crossing Canal, a history of Duluth's Aerial Bridge. He has been twice nominated for the Minnesota Book Award and is the 2012 recipient of the Duluth Depot Foundation’s “Historic Preservation and Interpretation Award.” Historic Glensheen is his most recent book.

“Possibly every Aerial Bridge fact and photograph in existence has been crammed into this busy book by Duluth writer and publisher Tony Dierckins. Dierckins’ book is rich with photographs, architectural sketches, maps and oddball factoids.”
— Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“...Required reading for anyone who loves [Duluth]. Not only is it an informative read, but a fascinating one as well.”
— Matthew R. Perrine, Duluth Budgeteer

“Crossing the Canal is the definitive history of Duluth’s Aerial Bridge.”
— Aerial Bridge Supervisor Ryan Beamer

“New Book Gets Lift Bridge Story Right” ( Click here to read the entire review.)
— Canal Park Times

Zenith Postcards

Zenith

A Postcard Perspective of Historic Duluth

Tony Dierckins

Retail $20 • Our Price $15

Featuring 475 vintage lithographic postcards and 20 historic paintings and etchings, Zenith is the only full-color history of the western Lake Superior region available anywhere, covering Duluth, Superior, Minnesota’s Iron Range and Arrowhead, the Minnesota North Shore, the Wisconsin South Shore and Apostle Islands, and Michigan’s Isle Royale. Complete with a narrative history of the region plus brief histories of each postcard topic, Zenith does what a good postcard should: provides readers with a unique perspective of what life was like in a certain place and time. [Softcover | 208 pages | 500+ images]

Zenith City’s publisher Tony Dierckins has written or co-written over two dozen books, from the ridiculous Duct Tape books and calendars to regional histories such as Lost Duluth and Crossing Canal, a history of Duluth's Aerial Bridge. He has been twice nominated for the Minnesota Book Award and is the 2012 recipient of the Duluth Depot Foundation’s “Historic Preservation and Interpretation Award.” Historic Glensheen is his most recent book.

Zenith Postcards

Greetings from the Arrowhead

A Postcard Perspective of Historic Northeastern Minnestoa

Tony Dierckins

Retail $15 • Here $7.50

The history of the Minnesota North Shore and Canoe Country in Brilliant Color! In the tradition of the best-selling Zenith: A Postcard Perspective of Historic Duluth, Greetings from the Arrowhead brings you a colorful look back at historic Northeastern Minnesota through over 190 stunning vintage lithographic postcards made from 1895 to 1950, including historic Highway 61, lighthouse, waterfalls, the BWCAW, Superior National Forest, and even Michigan’s Isle Royale. Think of it as your guidebook to the past, the perfect glove-box companion for your next trip up the shore or into canoe country. [Softcover | 112 pages | 200+ images]

Zenith City’s publisher Tony Dierckins has written or co-written over two dozen books, from the ridiculous Duct Tape books and calendars to regional histories such as Lost Duluth and Crossing Canal, a history of Duluth's Aerial Bridge. He has been twice nominated for the Minnesota Book Award and is the 2012 recipient of the Duluth Depot Foundation’s “Historic Preservation and Interpretation Award.” Historic Glensheen is his most recent book.

Narrative Histories

Will to Murder

Will to Murder

The True Story Behind the Crimes and Trials Surrounding the Glensheen Killings

Gail Feichtinger, John Desanto & Gary Waller

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On June 27, 1977, an intruder entered Glensheen, the stately Duluth manor built along the Lake Superior shore. Before leaving with a basketful of stolen jewelry, the intruder used a satin pillow to smother Elisabeth Congdon and Velma Pietila. Together with former Duluth News-Tribune crime reporter Gail Feichtinger, Duluth Police Detective Gary Waller and St. Louis County Prosecutor John DeSanto—the men who investigated and prosecuted Marjorie and her husband, Roger Caldwell—bring readers behind the scenes of the Minnesota’s most infamous double murder. Feichtinger then reaches beyond the Glensheen killings to follow Marjorie through her convictions for arson and presents new evidence that suggests that Marjorie may have gotten away with murder—five times. [Softcover | 432 pages | 50+ images]

Gail Feichtinger first researched the Glensheen murders as a crime reporter for the Duluth News-Tribune and Duluth Herald. Feichtinger was born in Stamford, Connecticut, studied journalism at Southern Methodist University and received a B.A. from Carleton College, and worked as a journalist until 1995. Feichtinger is now an assistant attorney general for the Minnesota Attorney General’s office. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Bob Geiger, and their daughters, Alexandra and Elena. Will to Murder is her first book.

John DeSanto was born in Duluth and graduated valedictorian from Duluth Cathedral High School in 1964. He received a B.A. from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1968 and went on to study law at the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1973. In 2009 DeSanto was appointed trial court judge for Minnesota’s Sixth Judicial District after 35 as Assistant St. Louis County Attorney. DeSanto and his wife, Lana, live in Duluth and are the parents of three adult children, Amy, Abby, and Adam.

Gary Waller was born in Duluth, Minnesota, where he served in the police department for twenty-one years. Waller holds a B.A. in criminology from the University of Minnesota Duluth and an M.A. in management from the College of St. Scholastica. In 1986, he was elected St. Louis County Sheriff; he retired in 1999. He now operates a consulting service doing organizational and facility assessments. He and his wife, Mary, live near Kettle River, Minnesota, enjoying time with their seven grandchildren.

“The most informed account yet of the chilling details, bizarre twists, and lingering mysteries surrounding the murders Minnesota can’t forget.”
Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“Fascinating, well-written, and gripping, Will to Murder gets you hooked like a good crime novel, takes you for a ride and leaves you wanting more. Finally, the definitive book, the story behind the story of the Congdon-Pietila murders.”
Duluth News-Tribune

“[Will to Murder] contains a wealth of known and new information, but keeps one turning the pages in much the same way as a well-plotted mystery.”
Lake Superior Magazine

“The definitive work on the [Congdon-Pietila murders]...the authors provide an inside story that has never been heard before... riveting... compelling... Will to Murder covers all the bases.”
Duluth Budgeteer

"[Will to Murder is the] ideal read for those non-native Minnesotans who may not know what went on, or for those who simply cannot get enough of the family Congdon and the travails that ultimately left two people dead.… The book sizzles.”
Minnesota Law & Politics

“More detail and depth than any previous account.”
Minnesota Monthly

Leatherheads

Leatherheads of the North

The True Story of Ernie Nevers and the Duluth Eskimos

Chuck Frederick

Retail $15 • Here $7.50

Leatherheads of the North tells the fascinating story of Ernie Nevers and the Duluth Eskimos, the team NFL president Joe Carr said “saved the NFL” and legendary Chicago Bears coach George Halas called “the greatest football team ever put together.” Frederick takes readers down on the field, inside the locker room, and outside the stadium to share the team’s notorious on and off the field exploits, from the early years sponsored by Kelley-Duluth Hardware through their storied 1926-1927 barnstorming season and beyond. [Softcover | 176 pages | 25+ images]

Chuck Frederick, editorial page editor for the Duluth News Tribune, is a veteran journalist of more than thirty years. With a passion for local history, Frederick is the author of Spirit of the Lights (2011) Duluth: The City and the People (1994) and contributed heavily to two News Tribune book-length publications: Aerial Lift Bridge: Spanning a Century (2005) and Duluth: Then and Now (2005). Frederick lives in Duluth’s western hillside with his wife and three daughters.

“Never before has the Eskimos’ story been told with such drama and detail. A great read.”
— Legendary Minnesota Vikings Coach Bud Grant.

Cooler by the Lake

Cooler by the Lake

Fifty-two Favorites from Thirty-four Years of Deadlines

Jim Heffernan

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Former Duluth News Tribune columnist and journalist Jim Heffernan continues his musings while in retirement on his blog (www.jimheffernan.org) and as a monthly columnist with Zenith City Online. A collection of Heffernan’s classic newspaper columns in his book, Cooler Near the Lake, depicts his wry humor, interesting life perspectives and as a chronicler of Duluth history.

Writing as both a columnist and as a reporter, Jim Heffernan has entertained and informed readers of the Duluth News Tribune and the Duluth Evening Herald for half his life. Jim has hand-picked fifty-two of his and his readers’ favorites, from his “Blanch” and “Ethnic Editor” columns to his encounters with celebrities who visited the Twin Ports throughout his career, and of course the poem that became his most-requested column: “Cooler Near the Lake.” [Softcover | 192 pages]

“Every newspaper needs a storyteller and Jim Heffernan served his native city and the Duluth News Tribune well. He wrote about those living in the Northland and those who touched them from the era of Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley and John F. Kennedy to the present. Heffernan’s columns were a slice of unique humor and insight.”
— Kevin Pates, Duluth News Tribune sportswriter (and pop culture aficionado)

“Returning to my hometown Duluth over the years, I always took great pleasure in reading Jim’s column. It was like catching up with a member of the family, and finding that, despite fads, fashions and the occasional absurdities of the times, the old hometown was still essentially the same, and in very good hands.”
— Rick Shefchik, author of the “Sam Skarda” mysteries Amen Corner and Green Monster.

“Jim has become the unofficial historian of Duluth’s role in the last days before ‘The Day the Music Died’ when singer Buddy Holly appeared here shortly before he and others were killed in a plane crash. I sponsored and emcee’d the show; Jim was there and has written movingly about it.”
— Lew Latto, veteran Duluth radio talk show host

“They say laughter is the best medicine. If that’s the case, Jim Heffernan left a lot of people healthy with his News Tribune columns. Amidst the headlines of crime and mayhem Heffernan’s column brought a dose of light-hearted humor that lifted the spirits and always made it a better day.His droll sense of humor and easy wit often made me laugh out loud.”
— Barbara Reyelts, News Manager, Northland’s NewsCenter

“Jim Heffernan’s columns have moved us to laughter and tears, troubled our conscience, confronted our humanity, and made us recognize ourselves through the lens of these gifted verbal sketches.”
— Jim Oberstar, U.S. Congressman representing Northeastern Minnesota

Goodnight

Good Night Everybody…and be Kind

Dennis Anderson

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At nineteen Denny nervously broke the news about President Kennedy’s assassination to radio listeners throughout Minnesota’s Arrowhead region. He was the first journalist to break the story of the Edmund Fitzgerald’s sinking. And he anchored the WDIO-TV news from 1970 to 2011, covering every major regional story and interviewing a number of politicians and celebrities. Inside, Denny recalls these stories and many others against the backdrop of his personal life—growing up on the Iron Range and becoming an avid outdoorsman, and dedicated family man,—and shares the insights that come from a life spent on the air. [Softcover | 288 pages | 50+ photographs]

Retired WDIO/WIRT news anchor Dennis Anderson has been called “The Voice of the Northland” and the region’s “dean of television broadcasting,” A native of Virginia, Minnesota, Anderson anchored the WDIO/WIRT-TV news from 1970 until 2011, during which his newscasts received many honors, including two Emmy awards, an Edward R. Murrow award, and three Eric Sevareid awards for coverage of the Paul Wellstone plane crash. Now semi-retired, Denny co-hosts WDSE-TV’s “Almanac North” on Friday evenings.

“The Voice of the Northland”
— Duluth News-Tribune

Denny Anderson is “the dean of television broadcasting in [the Northland].”
— Dick Palmer, Duluth Budgeteer

Denny Anderson is “the Walter Cronkite of the Northland.”
— Neill Atkins, KDAL-Radio

Photography

Historic Glensheen

Historic Glensheen, 1905–1930

Photographs from the Congdon Estate’s First 25 Years

Tony Dierckins

$13.50

Inside these pages you will find 115 photos—most never before seen by the public—of Glensheen, the historic Congdon estate along the shore of Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota. Many of the images were captured in 1909, the year the Congdon’s moved in, and show Glensheen just as Chester Congdon first envisioned the 22-acre estate. Others show Glensheen in the 1920s, after Chester’s death, when Clara Congdon allowed much of the grounds to grow wild. Five percent of the publisher's sales of this book directly support Glensheen Historic Estate[Softcover | 112 pages | 115+ images]

Zenith City’s publisher Tony Dierckins has written or co-written over two dozen books, from the ridiculous Duct Tape books and calendars to regional histories such as Lost Duluth and Crossing Canal, a history of Duluth's Aerial Bridge. He has been twice nominated for the Minnesota Book Award and is the 2012 recipient of the Duluth Depot Foundation’s “Historic Preservation and Interpretation Award,” part of their annual Arts & Culture Awards.

Official Glensheen

Glensheen

The Official History of and Guide to Duluth’s Historic Congdon Estate

Dennis O’Hara and Tony Dierckins

Softcover Edition

Retail $25 • Here $20

Exclusive Hardcover Edition

$45

Over 200 modern and historic photographs guide you along a detailed room-by-room tour of the Minnesota’s most famous mansion and stroll through the estate grounds as you learn the story of the Congdon family and how Chester created the fortune that financed their grand home on Lake Superior’s North Shore.
We also have a limited hardcover edition of Glensheen contains the same 200 modern and historic photographs as does the softcover edition, but comes wrapped in a more elegant package, covered in deep “Congdon Green” cloth stamped with gold foil and lined with endpapers printed with the icons of Glensheen’s interior motifs—lions, pineapples, and Tudor roses. Less than 500 copies of this edition are available for purchase, and found exclusively at Glensheen Historic Estate and online here at Zenith City Press.
Five percent of the publisher's sales of both editions of this book directly support Glensheen Historic Estate.

Dennis O’Hara grew up in West Duluth, graduating from Denfeld High School and the University of Minnesota Duluth before studying at the New York Institute of Photography. His photography career began in the early 1970s, operating cameras in a RF-4C reconnaissance jet with the Minnesota Air National Guard’s 148th Fighter Wing. Zenith City Press has published two books of O’Hara’s work, Picture Duluth: Photographs of the Zenith City and Tall Ships in the Zenith City. His photos can be found online at northernimages.com.
St. Paul native Tony Dierckins lives in Duluth, Minnesota. He has written or co-written over two dozen books, including Crossing the Canal: An Illustrated History of Duluth’s Aerial Bridge and Lost Duluth: Landmarks, Industries, Buildings, Homes, and the Neighborhoods in which They Stood—both finalists for the Minnesota Book Award—as well as Historic Glensheen 1905–1930. Dierckins is the 2012 recipient of the Duluth Depot Foundation’s Historic Preservation and Interpretation Award and is the publisher of Zenith City Press and Zenith City Online.

Click HERE for a list of upcoming author signings and other events.

Picture Duluth Cover

Picture Duluth

Photographs of the Zenith City

Dennis O’Hara with Tony Dierckins

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Picture Duluth through the lens of Dennis O’Hara and you’ll discover the Zenith City offers a lot more than snowstorms and seagulls. Through over 200 stunning images, Duluth, Minnesota, native Dennis O’Hara takes you on a tour of his hometown from east to west—in all seasons, lighting, and weather—capturing both its natural and man-made beauty: its parks, landmarks, historic buildings and homes, and the working waterfront of the world’s most inland seaport. [Paperback | 208 pages | 200+ photographs]

Duluth native Dennis O’Hara grew up in West Duluth, graduating from Denfeld Senior High School in 1971. He later studied photographic techniques through the New York Institute of Photography and took reconnaissance photos for Duluth’s 148th Fighter Wing. In May of 2006 he retired from a career with Minnesota Power and now devotes his time to photography as both a hobby and a business, Northern Images, and lives just outside Duluth at Caribou Lake with his wife Deb.

Zenith City’s publisher Tony Dierckins has written or co-written over two dozen books, from the ridiculous Duct Tape books and calendars to regional histories such as Lost Duluth and Crossing Canal, a history of Duluth's Aerial Bridge. He has been twice nominated for the Minnesota Book Award and is the 2012 recipient of the Duluth Depot Foundation’s “Historic Preservation and Interpretation Award.” Historic Glensheen is his most recent book.

“Ice and light, waves and wildlife, bridges and boats.... With an artist’s eye, Dennis O’Hara has captured the essence of Duluth. I look at these remarkable images, and I think, ‘Yes. This is why I live here.’”
— Sam Cook, Duluth News-Tribune

“Denny O’Hara is committed to leading us on a pictorial journey through this glorious city. Within his photography is a love for Duluth and its all-encompassing, four-season beauty.”
— Photographer Jay Steinke, from his introductions

Tall Ships

Tall Ships in the Zenith

Photographs from the Festival

Dennis O’Hara with Tony Dierckins

When Duluth—the “Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas”—first became a city in 1870, two- and three-masted schooners commonly docked in her harbor—but steam-powered freighters and ore boats replaced most sailing vessels by 1900. The age of sail returns to Duluth as reconstructed historic ships and replica vessels sail from around the globe to take part in the Zenith City’s biennial Tall Ships Duluth festival, once again filling the harbor with the sound of flapping canvas and creaking ropes. Noted Duluth photographer Dennis O’Hara has captured these maritime celebrations with his camera. Inside you will find more than 75 photos of tall ships in Duluth and on Lake Superior from 2008 to 2011, a history of tall ships on Lake Superior from 1734 to 2013, and bios of each ship that has participated in Tall Ships Duluth from 2008 to 2013. [Hardcover | 68 pages | 75+ photographs]

Duluth native Dennis O’Hara grew up in West Duluth, graduating from Denfeld Senior High School in 1971. He later studied photographic techniques through the New York Institute of Photography and took reconnaissance photos for Duluth’s 148th Fighter Wing. In May of 2006 he retired from a career with Minnesota Power and now devotes his time to photography as both a hobby and a business, Northern Images, and lives just outside Duluth at Caribou Lake with his wife Deb.

Zenith City’s publisher Tony Dierckins has written or co-written over two dozen books, from the ridiculous Duct Tape books and calendars to regional histories such as Lost Duluth and Crossing Canal, a history of Duluth's Aerial Bridge. He has been twice nominated for the Minnesota Book Award and is the 2012 recipient of the Duluth Depot Foundation’s “Historic Preservation and Interpretation Award.” Historic Glensheen is his most recent book.