Exciting new displays will enhance the Eveleth Heritage Committee's annual downtown historical exhibit, open June 30 through July 4 during Eveleth's famous 4th of July festivities. The committee's goal is to bring community members together to reminisce and learn more about Eveleth history. Visitors can also view paintings by local artists and purchase new historical blankets.
More than fifteen new posters will provide better interpretation of photos and tell stories about significant people places, and events. Topics include folk artist Joe Bogdanich, the 100th anniversaries of Eveleth Junior College and the senior high school building, Italian festivals, and Lundgren Motors. Committee members have been meeting since early May to plan, design, and assemble these posters.
Another highlight of this year's display is artwork depicting people and places from Eveleth's past. Eveleth's first building, a Mesaba Electric Railway streetcar, and the Eveleth Clown Band are just some of the scenes painted so far. Pat Brascugli, Pamela Schultz, Jane Wertanen, John Laurich, Sandra Markovich, and Rebecca Koepke have all contributed artwork to this project. The Heritage Committee hopes to host an art show with even more pictures this fall.
The Heritage Committee will also sell its new souvenir blankets with images of historic Eveleth buildings. The original blankets made in 2004 regrettably listed incorrect dates beneath several buildings. Enough people recently expressed interest in the blankets that the committee ordered 50 more after members consulted multiple sources to ensure accurate dates. The beautiful new blankets cost $59.
The exhibit will be at 221 Grant Avenue across from the Wells Fargo drive-thru. The building will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. June 30 to July 2, 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. on July 3, and 9 a.m. to noon on July 4. Hours may be extended as needed. Donations of photos and objects are graciously accepted, but please view the Collections Policy before bringing items to the exhibit. We hope to see you there! Click here to see other photos from previous years' exhibits.