There have been excursions available at the Duluth Harbor through the decades. This craft is part of a 1960s business that becomes the Goldfine family's Vista Fleet in the 1990s. This outing was during the Duluth celebration called Portorama Days. This excursion boat in in the Duluth harbor. The first Duluth Seaway Portorama of 1960 was celebrated to commemorate the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway the prior year (officially May 3) in Duluth in July 8-14 of 1959. The Duluth Junior Chamber of Commerce, commonly called the Duluth Jaycees, was the sponsor. They crowned a Miss Seaway. It was about nine days in duration, usually late July to early August and later overlapped with the International Folk Festival held each August. The Jaycees announced it would discontinue sponsoring Portorama in 1970.
University of Minnesota Duluth, Kathryn A. Martin Library, Northeast Minnesota Historical Collections
In this group photograph, dated June 4th, 1939, Muskego Church provides the backdrop for the attendees at the closing session of the Southern Minnesota District Convention of the Norwegian Lutheran Church of America. In 1844, Norwegian settlers at the Muskego Settlement in southeastern Wisconsin dedicated one of the first Norwegian American Lutheran church buildings. The building was moved to the United Church Seminary campus in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood of St. Paul in 1904. In 1917, United Church Seminary became Luther Theological Seminary. Front of photograph reads: Closing session, So. Minn. Dist. Conv.-N.L.C.A., Muskego Church, Saint Paul, Minn., June 4th 1939.
Boy Scout Troop 248 marching the the Norse-American Centennial parade in New York City. Carl O. Pedersen's influence in organizing the Norse-American Centennial celebration spanned from New York to Minnesota, as well as other parts of the country.