Summer’s end offers many opportunities at DCHSDouglas County Historical Society has hired an assistant director who will be sharing responsibilities with me.
By: Kathy Laakso, Superior Telegram
Douglas County Historical Society has hired an assistant director who will be sharing responsibilities with me.
A lifelong resident, JoAnn Jardine is also a photographer and owner of Studio One Photography, which is located in the Old Post Office on Tower Avenue. JoAnn’s arrival comes at a very good time since our busy season is about to begin.
If you missed our History Sunday last February because of one of our bad snowstorms, you’re in luck because Pauline Kukull, who presented “Remembering Edelstein’s Gifts on Tower Avenue,” is back this month to kick off our 2013-2014 History Sunday series.
Before the days of self-serve kiosks, a young woman from Superior about to be married the place to set up your bridal registry would be Edelstein’s. Edelstein’s carried all the best china and crystal, and “absolutely gorgeous” gift items, according to Kukull, who worked with owner Lillian Edelstein for 21 years. Edelstein was a true businesswoman, but very kind to people, says Kukull. Customer service was always important at Edelstein’s. Store charge accounts and layaways were extended in a time when women were often not given financial credit. For History Sunday, Pauline will set up a display table with items from the store.
“Edelstein’s”, which continues the theme of featuring Tower Avenue businesses, begins at 2 p.m. Sunday at DCHS. Admission is $3 and members are free. Refreshments and conversation follow the program.
The History Sunday series in 2013-2014 continues the theme of Tower Avenue as DCHS’ “Open ‘til 9:00: Thursday Nights on Tower Avenue” exhibit, which refers to the days when downtown was lively and open for business, late on Thursday nights. It’s been expanded with the help of another grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council. Soon to be added are some of Superior’s iconic downtown business people, such as Henry Cohen, Eddie Guenard and TJ Roth. We thank family members who supplied photos of these hard-working men. Another addition will be a new exhibit of David Barry and his photography.
DCHS is hosting the Wisconsin Northwest Regional meeting Sept. 13 beginning at 8:30 a.m. A full day of history workshops and discussion are topped off with tours of the Davidson Windmill on State Highway 13, the Monticello School in Maple and the Palo and Pudas pioneer homesteads in Oulu. Keeping with the theme of the downtown exhibit, lunch at the meeting will be the “Blue Plate Special” that was so popular at the dime store lunch counters. A short skit entitled “A Welcome at Woolworth’s” is served up as lunchtime entertainment, written by board member Kathy Kadlecek. The $18 registration fee includes lunch. Visit www.wisconsinhistory.org/localhistory/wclh.asp for more information. Deadline for registration is this week.
DCHS also hosts an educational seminar about cataloging, preserving and storing your collections. Milissa Brooks-Ojibway, collection manager at St. Louis County Historical Society. and Daniel Hartman, interim director at Glensheen Mansion, talk about how to use space wisely and give tips on how to make an impact on the public when designing an exhibit. This workshop is at 1 p.m. Sept. 21 at DCHS. It is free.
After the workshop it’s time to play. Right after the workshop, join us for our third annual “Alley Cat Liquid History Walking Tour,” which refers to the entrances of the buildings. With reconstruction, most of Tower Avenue’s “watering holes” have back door entrances from the alley. Discover the uniqueness of Superior’s liquid history as we explore the buildings along Tower Avenue that now serve as bars but may have had a different use in the past. The lineup includes Norm’s Beer & Brats, Who’s Bar, Third Base Bar, Capri, The Main, VIP and Shorty’s. Tour times are 4 p.m., 6 p.m., and 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door) and are now available at DCHS. With your ticket, you will receive a free Alley Cat Liquid History Walking Tour t-shirt designed by Reed Graphics. Leamon Mercantile, BMO Harris Bank and Ink Tattoo sponsor the tour.
Our 2013 History Theatre season’s fall production opens with Devils, Dancing and Dead People. This original play by Twin Ports playwrights Dale R. Botten and Matthew R. Cetnar takes place in the middle of the night during the 1991 Halloween mega storm. Three ghosts appear for a visit with a despondent bartender in the Anchor Chain Bar on Tower Avenue. This Halloween tale has adult language and is not recommended for children. Performances are 7 p.m. Oct. 18, 19, 24 and 25, and 2 pm Oct. 20 and 27 at the DCHS History Theatre. To audition or help backstage, or for information or tickets, stop by, give us a call or send an email.
The Douglas County Historical Society is located at 1101 John Ave. To contact us, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 715-392-8449.
Kathy Laakso is the director of the Douglas County Historical Society.