Events


EVELTH COMMUNITY FOUNDATION GRANT:
The Eveleth Area Community Foundation gave a $400 grant on February 10, 2015 to the Iron Range Historical Society for the publication of their book, Iron Range Ghost Locations. The book is comprised of 50 photographs and brief narration of each location. The book is the 2015 portion of a yearly series of books written since 2006 that focuses on the unique history and past of the Iron Range. The Eveleth Area Community Foundation was created in 2008 to enhance and improve the quality of life for citizens in the Eveleth-Gilbert area, and to encourage others to do the same. Their goal is to identify and meet the changing needs of the community through grant-making in the arts, community and economic development, education, environment and human services. Eveleth Area Community Foundation Board Member Jeff Green said, "We are pleased to support the efforts of the Iron Range Historical Society to record and archive the history of our area." Pictured from left receiving the grant on behalf of the Iron Range Historical Society are Robert Hedlund, Treasurer; Kathleen Bergan, Secretary; Greg Glavan, Vice-President; James Korpi, Board Member, and Robert Kivela, President.  
 
EVELTH COMMUNITY FOUNDATION GRANT:
The Eveleth Area Community Foundation recently gave a $500 grant on February 12, 2013 to the Iron Range Historical Society in Gilbert. The grant will help publish a historical perspective of the Ranges, Iron Range Firsts, starting in 1884. From left, Jeff Green, Eveleth Area Community Foundation Board member; Kathleen Bergan, Iron Range Historical Society Secretary and Director; Evelyn Davis, Iron Range Historical Society Treasurer; and Georgia Day, Eveleth Area Community Foundation Board member, are shown. 
 




MINNESOTA LEGACY GRANT:
Without a concerted effort, our state's historic and cultural treasures are in danger of being lost to time.  The Minnesota Historical Society awarded a Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant in the amount of $518.00 to the Iron Range Historical Society.  The Grant was approved by the Society's awards committee on July 26, 2010 and will support our Gilbert Herald Microfilm Project.  Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants are made possible by the Minnesota Legislature through the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund created with the passage of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment to the Minnesota Constitution in November 2008.  The grants are awarded to support projects of enduring value for the cause of history and historic preservation across the state.  The Gilbert Herald Microfilm Project is a project of enduring value because it will enable all of our members and visitors to find information on Gilbert and the surrounding communities at our Gilbert based location.  The project will include 17 reels of microfilm of all of the Gilbert Herald issues not currently available at the Iron Range Historical Society.  "It is wonderful to see so many communities and local organizations benefiting from the Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants," said Britta Bloomberg, deputy state historic preservation officer.  "Minnesotans should be proud of the unprecedented opportunities these grants provide for organizations to preserve and share our history and cultural heritage.  The impact of projects supported by Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants will be felt throughout the state for many years to come."  The Iron Range Historical Society hopes to qualify for a new combination microfilm reader/printer next year since we currently have to hand copy articles at the present time. 

LONGYEAR DRILL SITE RENOVATION:
2012 UPDATE! At the behest of the Iron Range Historical Society, the Longyear Drill Site has received a much needed facelift thanks to a group of volunteers from the East Range Lions Club.  The Longyear Drill Site has needed extensive renovation for several years, but the Iron Range Historical Society, which oversees the national and state historical site, has not had the necessary funds to dedicate to the job.  Although past maintenance has been the responsibility of the City of Hoyt Lakes and the Garden Club, “it’s been neglected for the past few years,” stated Ed Prinkkila, Iron Range Historical Society member and project chair for the Lions Club.  The original plan was to install new signage and clear the trails to the drill site, but upon further review of the site, plans were expanded to include installing a new roof and painting of the information booth, and draining a non-active beaver pond adjacent to the drill site which was impacting both the drill site and a secondary trail. Draining the beaver pond required permission from three different land owners which took a few months to acquire. Five new historical informational highway signs at key intersections leading to the site were installed at no charge by the St. Louis County Engineering Department. A damaged railroad crossing leading to the drill site was also repaired at no cost by the Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range division of the Canadian National Railway.   The beaver dams were dismantled, the wilderness trail mowed and brushed, and obsolete sign posts were taken down.  Damage to original signs adjacent to the drill site had been rendered unreadable, and replacement signs were ordered and installed. A bridge leading to the drill site on the wilderness trail was rebuilt and fitness equipment was removed and relocated.   The project involved more than just clearing the trail and installation of new signage. It involved the Iron Range Historical Society, the East Range Lions Club, Boart Longyear, The City of Hoyt Lakes, St. Louis County, The Canadian National Railway, Cliffs Natural Resources, and many other businesses and individuals. Now the Longyear Drill Site looks better than ever. Thanks to you all!  

ORCHID AWARD:
An Orchid award was received by the Iron Range Historical Society from The Mesabi Daily News for the publication of our 2009 book “Iron Range Beauty.”  Kathleen Bergan, Secretary of the Iron Range Historical Society, was cited in particular for compiling the information and selecting the photographs producing a “gem of authentic treasures.”

HISTORICAL DAY FOR CHILDREN:
From July 2 through July 6, 2008, the City of Gilbert, Minnesota celebrated its community Centennial.  On invitation from the Gilbert Centennial Committee, the Iron Range Historical Society conducted the Historical Day for Children on July 3, 2008. Under the supervision of project director and former President Ellen M. Pickering, the Historical Day for Children was a way to involve younger people in the Iron Range Historical Society, and to strengthen our educational ties to local schools and libraries about our historic assets and rich heritage.  The Historical Day for Children featured an operating model railroad diorama; antique toys; photographs of children in old mining gear and attire; maps and artifacts from Iron Range ghost towns; taconite pellets and magnets, and the opportunity for children to create their own Native American pictographs using stone tiles and colored markers. The display boards and antiques for the various activity tables were on display throughout the Gilbert Centennial as were items from our museum collection. The Historical Day for Children was a huge success, receiving many nice compliments and attracting over 970 people to the lower auditorium of the Gilbert library building and children’s activity areas during the workshop. Although donations to the Iron Range Historical Society were light, the smiles and happy exclamations of the children made all the effort in organizing these historical activities worthwhile. “The future of preserving our Mesabi Range history is in the hands of our children and grandchildren,” stated Pickering. “We made learning about our history a lot of fun for all the children who participated.”

LAKE SUPERIOR RAILROAD MUSEUM:
On Tuesday, May 13, 2008, the Iron Range Historical Society Board of Directors conducted its monthly business meeting at our affiliate member, the Lake Superior Railroad Museum in Duluth, Minnesota. Inquires regarding a possible tour of the Lake Superior Railroad Museum were made after Ken Buehler, Executive Director of Museum, was the invited speaker at the Iron Range Historical Society Annual Meeting in 2005. The meeting was held in the Ruth Maney meeting room from 10:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M. at the Museum, after which Mr. Buehler conducted a private guided tour, showing the Iron Range Historical Society Board of Directors some equipment not usually open to the public, and telling a few of his favorite stories about how he got certain pieces into the collection and their significance. Box lunches provided by the Lake Superior Railroad Museum, at the expense of the individual Board Members, were enjoyed at the end of the tour, and Mr. Buehler offered tickets for the North Shore Scenic Railway to the Iron Range Historical Society Board of Directors at a discounted rate. Thanks to Ken Buehler and all of the staff at the Lake Superior Railroad Museum for hosting the Iron Range Historical Society! We appreciate the hospitality as well as our mutual efforts in preserving our respective pieces of Northern Minnesota history.