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The Carlton County Historical Society welcomes Fred Friedman to its museum in Cloquet on Saturday, October 21 at 1 pm to present a program called "The U.S. in World War I".

Friedman is known in the area as an attorney and career public defender. After practicing in Duluth as public defender, he served as the Chief Public Defender of Minnesota's Sixth District in northeastern Minnesota, achieving the accomplishment of being Minnesota's longest serving chief defender in history. Born in Chicago and raised in Indiana, he moved to Duluth, graduated from Denfeld High School, then graduated from UMD and the University of Minnesota Law School in Minneapolis. At one point he lived in Cloquet.  He has written many articles, taught at many schools, and won many awards including Minnesota Public Attorney of the Year. Friedman is also known as a dynamic public speaker, co-hosting a radio show called "The Sports Page or Fool Fred".

Friedman's topic of "The U.S. in World War I" complements the museum's current exhibit called "A Call to Arms: Carlton County in World War I". Although the Great War in Europe started in 1914 after the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand in Bosnia, the United States didn't enter the war until 1917, one hundred years ago this year.  Friedman will fill us in on the rest of the story.

            After the program, coffee, punch and refreshments will be available. The museum is handicapped accessible. Regular admission is $3 for adults, $1 for children under 12, and free admission for children under 5 and Carlton County Historical Society members. For more information contact the museum at 218-879-1938. 

Fred Friedman



     A creative writing workshop encouraging submissions to the Carlton County Historical Society’s Great Fires Writing Competition will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, October 21, at the Carlton County Historical Society in Cloquet. Writing instructor and historian Katharine Johnson will lead the workshop, assisted by Lisbeth Boutang, project coordinator.

      The Historical Society received funding from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council to publish an original collection of poetry and short prose commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Cloquet-Moose Lake Fires.

      Workshop participants are asked to bring their work in progress for the contest or simply an idea regarding a possible submission. People interested in learning more about the project are also welcome.

      Come and learn how you can be a part of this historic endeavor. Workshop instructors will assist participants in editing submissions and answer any inquiries regarding the competition.

      The actual submission deadline is Nov. 1, 2017. If you have any questions, contact the Carlton County Historical Society at (218) 879-1938.




The Carlton County Historical Society announces the second publication by its Barn Photo Committee, a "Barns of Carlton County - 2018" calendar.

The Barn Calendar contains 14 images of existing barns in Carlton County. It represents the efforts of our volunteer Barn Photo Committee, which has been meeting for over two years to begin a long-term project of photographing all the barns of Carlton County before they cease to exist.

The committee shares the mission of the Carlton County Historical Society to "collect, preserve and disseminate the history of Carlton County". This project to collect the images of our county's barns ties into Governor Dayton's proclamation declaring the month of September 2016 as Local Heritage Preservation Month.

If you are interested in attending our monthly committee meetings, have a barn or know of a barn we could photograph, please call the museum at 218-879-1938. Our "Barns of Carlton County - 2018" calendar is available for sale at the CCHS museum at 406 Cloquet Avenue in Cloquet MN. The museum is open 5 days a week, Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 9 am to 4 pm. For more information, call 218-879-1938.