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Pose for a retro portrait, learn about Graymont or catch a show at DCHS

Join us for November's History Sunday when Phil Marquis, plant manager at Graymont Superior, gives us a history lesson about Graymont, located on Connor's Point. Graymont has been a part of Superior's industrial history for more than 130 years. Originally a lumber and cement supplier to the Duluth-Superior region, Cutler-Gilbert-Pearson Company was formed in 1880. Since then the company has gone through name changes and added salt and lime to its product line. During WWII, the site was temporarily converted to the Globe Shipbuilding Company. Today the Superior lime facility is called the Graymont Superior Plant. This presentation begins at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Douglas County Historical Society (DCHS) building, 1101 John Ave. Admission is $3, members free. Refreshments and conversation follow the program.

The holidays will be here before we know it and thoughts of gift-giving are on our minds. How about something unique that includes old-fashioned fun? Studio One Photography is teaming up with DCHS on Thanksgiving weekend for a benefit event - "Heirloom Portraits and more!" On Dec. 1 from noon to 5 p.m. at DCHS, have your portrait or a retro family holiday portrait taken in a 1950s-style living room decked out for the holidays. The set, a living room that would make even the Beaver's mom, June Cleaver jealous, will be designed by the DCHS History Theatre department and furnished with DCHS collection items so it will be authentic and fun. There will also be a "make & take" holiday craft and treat for the kids, a bake sale and traditional arts and crafts for sale. All prints and holiday cards will be in sepia or black and white tones with a dated look to them. So moms and dads dress up -- or wear bathrobes with the kids posed in their PJs, waiting by the tree for Santa Claus. Pets are welcome but they must be well behaved and supervised. Sessions are limited so call 715-392-2747 Studio One or DCHS at 715-392-8449 for appointments and pricing. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Douglas County Historical Society for preservation and programming.

Tickets are on sale for our 6th annual "1943 USO Canteen Radio Show" on Dec. 7, at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. at 1101 John Ave. Join Bob Hope and friends for an evening of jokes, singing, dancing and news of the day. Swing to '40s music with Randy Lee and the Northland Youth Music Group and enjoy Hollywood Canteen-style food of coffee, donuts and SPAM sandwiches. Proceeds in part go to the Northland Youth Music Group summer camp. Tickets are $15 and are available at DCHS.

Auditions for the upcoming History Theatre production of "Little Women" will be held Dec. 9 and 10 from 6-9 p.m. at DCHS. No need to prepare; just come in and read. There are lots of roles to fill! The production will be held in February. For more information give us a call or email us.

The Douglas County Historical Society is located at 1101 John Ave. To contact us, please email us at or call us at 715-392-8449.