Slovenian Impact on Minnesota’s Landscape

Slovenian Impact on Minnesota’s Landscape

The Duluth Depot, and St. Louis County Historical Society, are excited to announce a major exhibition celebrating the impact of Slovenian immigration in St. Louis County and Minnesota that will be on display in the Depot’s Great Hall; The Slovenian Impact on Minnesota’s Cultural Landscape. The Depot building, as a working train depot, welcomed tens of thousands of immigrants who sought a better life in the mines and forests of northern Minnesota.

This is a three-part exhibit featuring:

  • Farmers, Miners, and Refugees; Slovenian Immigration in Minnesota Since 1855“, Scholar Margaret Pryately’s  richly illustrated exhibit documents the culture that immigrant descendants are now working to preserve.
  • Old Country Memories“, a selection of Slovenian themed artwork by Minnesota native Albin M. Zaverl (1922-2016), a son of Slovenian immigrants and trained at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts.
  • A collection from the Diocese of Duluth including objects belonging to Slovenian missionaries Monsignor Buh and Bishop Baraga. Rare artifacts from the 1850s through the early 1900s that show the connection between Slovenian missionaries and the area Ojibwe will be displayed.  This includes clothing worn by Monsignor Joseph Buh who married, baptized and ministered to thousands of Slovenians and studied the Ojibwe culture, including herbal remedies shared with him by the Ojibwe.   Items belonging to Bishop Frederic Baraga, known as the Snowshoe Priest, will also be on display courtesy of the Diocese of Duluth.  St. Louis County Historical Society board member and American Indian Advisory Committee member Michele Beeksma will be available to further interpret the Ojibwe/Slovenian missionary story.

This exhibit will be on display through May 31st, and is included with regular Depot admission.

*NOTE: The Exhibit will NOT be available for viewing on the following dates due to private events being held in the Great Hall. We apologize for any inconvenience: April 24 – 30, May 3rd, and May 13th.


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