• Tianna Seeley

    Tianna Seeley

    Class of 2013
    Bovey, MN

    Tianna's Bio:
    I'm a nursing intended major, biology/psychology minor and a part of the Honors program. In addition to school, I also work at McCarthy Manor as a CNA. In my "freetime" I like to explore Duluth, hang out with the girls, color, go to concerts, fish, hunt, enjoy the great outdoors, and spend time with my family and my boyfriend. I love Scholastica and Duluth and can't wait to spend the next couple of years here.

  • Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

  • Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

  • Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

  • Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

  • Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

History is Alive

In mid-October, I had the opportunity to visit the Glensheen, the Congdon Family Estate in Duluth. My mom, aunt, and I decided to get the extended tour to view all three floors of the mansion. All three of us had previously been on a standard tour at different points in time, but never together. I would recommend for everyone to visit the estate at least once if you have any interest in interior design, history, technology of the past, and even mystery.

Beauty From the Bridge

The mansion was built in 1908 for the Congdon Family. The estate was donated to the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1968 and has been preserved to look just as it did in 1908. Neither Chester or Clara Congdon came from wealth, each being born to ministers. Due to extensive scholarships, they both attended and graduated from Syracuse University in New York. Chester came into the majority of his wealth from investments in Iron Range land.

When the mansion was built, it cost the Congdon’s $854,000. To build a structure similar to the mansion in grandeur today would cost millions of dollars. The mansion includes 39 rooms. Not only is the mansion spacious, but includes many imported items from all around the world for furniture and decor. The mansion was one of the first homes in the area to have electricity, an intercom system, indoor plumbing, and a vacuum system. In addition to the mansion, the estate includes a carriage house, boat house, and gardener’s cottage.

Although not disclosed in the tour, however you can ask,  there is also a mystery to the mansion. Elisabeth Congdon, Chester and Clara’s youngest daughter, and her nurse were murdered in the mansion in 1977. The murder was resulted from an attempted robbery by Elisabeth’s adopted daughter Marjorie and her husband Robert. Although Robert submitted a full confession of the murder, there is still speculation and controversy about the crime. There are multiple books written about the Marjorie, her childhood and involvement in the crime, and the trial.

Glensheen is a must see for people with all interests and is a truly magnificent estate. There are tours, volunteer positions, and special events for holidays allowing everyone to be involved or experience the beauty of this historical piece of Duluth. For more information, view the Glensheen website.

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