Glensheen

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Emily Ford isn't the kind of gardener to sit around twiddling her thumbs when winter drags on.

The harsh winter took her bees, but she's already planning to restock the hives. And while she was waiting for spring to arrive, she tapped some friends to borrow gear and then tapped some maple trees.

Suffice it to say that this year, Glensheen will be abuzz with bees, in bloom with roses, and dripping with maple syrup.

Go Green at Glensheen

Apr 19, 2018

The UMD students of the Event Marketing course are putting on an event to celebrate Earth Day. The event is to spread awareness on how damaging the use of plastics is to our environment and to celebrate our Earth. There will be many activities going on during the event including engaging videos, speakers, free food and drinks, music, a bonfire with s'mores, a planter project, and yoga! See down below for more details.

3/28 Live From Studio A: Dusty Heart

Mar 20, 2018

Minnesota Americana singer/songwriters Molly Dean and Barbara Jean had established solo careers before forming this duo just a couple of years ago after being invited to open a Colorado tour for Dave Simonett and Dave Carroll of Trampled by Turtles. The two released their self-titled debut album on March 16; we found out more when they joined us in the studio for a session on March 28. They played the same evening at Glensheen as part of that venue's March Unplugged series.

Dusty Heart

Art lovers can feed their souls and stomachs at the Whole Foods Co-op's Hillside location this month.

Christine Valento's 6th graders have been studying the work of Duluth's watercolorist, Cheng-Khee Chee, and then got down to business creating their own works, which are on display at the Co-op.

 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

When you visit Glensheen: The Historic Congdon Estate you get a glimpse into the past, of life at the turn of the last century.  But this is not just a time-capsule museum, this is a place of family history, of lives lived and a community history that lives on through the estate.

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.