Upcoming History Events at Bent Paddle and Glensheen

Zenith City Press publisher Tony Dierckins will be speaking at Bent Paddle on Monday, March 28 and Glensheen on Tuesday, April 6.

The event at Bent Paddle is the first in a series of public “Lyceums” hosted locally by Northspan. The topic is “What We Can Learn from Local History.” Dierckins kicks things off with his 15-minute take on the topic, followed by 45 minutes of facilitated discussions around the topic—that’s right, the audience gets involved, turning evening into a public discussion that answers the questions: What can we learn from local history? Do we really know our own place? What do we lose when we forget their stories?

The Lyceum event is free and open to the public on Monday, March 28, at 6 p.m. at the Bent Paddle Tap Room in Lincoln Park.

The following week Dierckins will be speaking at Glensheen as part of the first Twin Ports Festival of History, which features 12 events at 12 different locations. Dierckins will present “Duluth, 1856–1950: From a ‘Pile of Rocks’ to a ‘Dachshund of a City’” When first established as a town in 1856, Duluth covered just a small portion of today’s downtown and Canal Park. Thanks to a series of booms and busts and annexations, it eventually stretched nearly 28 miles along the northern shores of Lake Superior and the St. Louis River. Discover how the lake and river influenced Duluth’s development, what the nascent City of Duluth looked like in 1871, and what led to the east/west sociopolitical split that divides the city to this day.

The Festival of History event is free and open to the public on Wednesday, April 6, at 6 p.m. at Glensheen, 3300 London Road.