Moments In Time

Artists Point, Grand Marais/ Photo by Sharon Mollerus via Flickr

The North  Shore is home to a rich history and diverse culture. In Moments in Time, we speak with community members about their memories from different periods of our region's past to help foster an appreciation and understanding of the community in which we find ourselves today.

Arts, cultural and history features on WTIP are made possible in part by funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Check out other programs and features funded in part with support from the Heritage Fund.

 


 
What's On:
Lumberjacks circa 1900.

Moments in Time: Schroeder's logging legacy

At the turn of the 20th century, northeastern Minnesota was teeming with lumberjacks, drawn by virgin forests of pine, fir, spruce, birch, aspen, and cedar.


Felt Hat (Martin Sharman/Flickr)

Moments in Time: The Ghost of Bucko Bushman

The past is never that far away. Everything that has happened in this tiny corner of the world is present today.


 
Rural Standard Station, 1956 (National Archives & Records Administration/Wikimedia)

Moments in Time: Slower Times

Grand Marais has always been a small town, but for many who grew up in the community, it feels much bigger and busier than it did in the past.


Lake Superior Ice (Andy Tinkham/Flickr)

Moments in Time: Winter Ice

Art Fenstad is a descendant of a North Shore fishing family. A lot has changed since Art's ancestors immigrated here in the late 1800s.


 
The large delta created by taconite tailings at Silver Bay (seen here in 1963) led to the closing of the Reserve Mining Company

Moments in Time: The mining boom in Silver Bay

Art Fenstad is a descendent of one of Cook County’s early fishing families, but Art didn’t grow up fishing—at least not in the way his ancestors did.


Bus (Metro Transportation Library and Archive/Flickr)

Moments in Time: Gladys & Anna

Anna Speck and Gladys Dockan are sisters; Everson sisters. They grew up on a farm on Maple Hill just outside of Grand Marais, where music was a part of everyday life.


 
Little Marais Lodge, Little Marais Minnesota, 1940

Moments In Time: Early Tourism

Art Fenstad is a third generation North Shore resident. His kind eyes and gentle manner add warmth to his stories.


Split Rock Lighthouse - photo by Randen Pedersen via http://commons.wikimedia.org

Moments in Time: Split Rock Lighthouse

Split Rock Lighthouse, on the North Shore of Lake Superior, celebrated 100 years in 2010.  A year later, the lighthouse was designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S.


 
Newspaper...a treasury of moments in time...

Moments in Time: Cook County News Herald

The Cook County News Herald is truly a treasury of moments in time.


Little Girl Doing Laundry

Moments in Time: Northern Cleaners & Laundry

Vi Wonser and her husband Gordon operated Northern Cleaners & Laundry from 1947 to 1981 in downtown Grand Marais. In this editon of Moments in Time, Vi shares her memories of the business.