November 9, 1904: Dedication of Greysolon Window 

On this day in Duluth in 1904, the “Greysolon Window” was dedicated at the new Duluth Public Library at 102 West Second Street. The window was commissioned by the Greysolon du Lhut Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, who donated the window to the library to be paired with the 1893 Minnehaha Window. Both windows were made by Tiffany & Company and designed by Duluth’s own Ann Weston. In 1910, historians Dwight Woodbridge and John Pardee described the window as “a memorial to Sieur Daniel Greysolon du Lhut, the first white man to view the site of the present city. The scene represents the bluff on which the city is built, seen from the Superior side, where du Lhut emerged from his voyage through the northern country. The Bay of St. Louis is therefore in the foreground, with Connor’s, Rice’s and Minnesota Points projecting into it, with Lake Superior in the background. Above is a frieze of moccasin flowers, the emblem of the state, and at the top of the window the Latin motto, ‘Quo sursum volo videre,’ [“I wish to see what is beyond”] which appeared on the seal of the territory until the French motto, ‘L’etoile du Nord,’  [“Star of the North”] replaced it in 1858. Below is the dedicatory inscription of the Greysolon du Lhut Chapter, Daughters American Revolution, flanked by French fleur de lis and flintlock of the French coureur du bois.” The 1902 Duluth Public Library was closed in 1980. The two windows now hang side by side in the St. Louis County Arts & Heritage Center, the former Duluth Union Depot.

Duluth’s Greysolon and Minnehaha windows. (Image: Northern Images)