Chester Congdon

 Monday at 6pm, KUMD shares a full hour of  "The Congdon Legacy" with interviews and speakers from the Glensheen series "Chester Chat."  Listen for in-depth histories you may not hear in a walking tour of the estate.  Some of the topics include Chester Congdon's service as a legislator, the women of Glensheen and more about the historic estate.  Find links here to explore more about Glensheen as well as a link to images of the Congdon's Westhome.  The Chester Chat series continue at the estate with the next one on Tourism happening June 25, 6:45-8pm.

We wrap up our series "The Congdon Legacy" on Northland Morning on Chester Congdon’s Birthday, born on this day  in 1853.  In honor of the original intention and highlights of design at Glensheen, the current Director at Glensheen shares what he sees could be done to return the estate back to its former glory 100 years ago.

Glensheen Estate

The Congdon Legacy includes community leadership and family drama, but is also carries the history of luxury in 1910.  Chester and Clara traveled extensively, enjoying life in the western US and here in Duluth, MN.  Chester even traveled by ship to New Zealand, Indonesia, China and back with his buddies.  With the Glensheen mansion right on the water edge in Duluth, Lake Superior was a big part of family life and they had a large boathouse, a breakwater pier and of course they had a yacht. 

Glensheen

Elizabeth Congdon’s life on the shore of Lake Superior, how she lived and who she was - as a Duluthian, a mother, a grandmother and the last Congdon resident at Glensheen, has long been overshadowed by her untimely death in 1977. 

WILLIAM A. DYCHE

 You may know the Congdon name from Glensheen: The Historic Congdon Estate on Lake Superior in Duluth. It was the home of Chester Congdon and his family, but he was not your typical Duluth tycoon.